Frankfurt LIVE: BMW's radically restyled 2012 1-Series [Video]
Hate it or love it, this little Bimmer is now the most aggressively styled car in the luxury-compact segment.
Although BMW's post-Bangle styling era is upon us, it seems the Munich automaker is no less shy about introducing unconventional designs. While the new 7-Series and 5-Series are relatively predictable, the new 1-Series is markedly more aggressive.
Currently, BMW North America doesn't offer the hatchback variant, and it's not known if that will change with the introduction of the 2012 models. But much of what you see here will likely show up as the replacement for the current 1-Series coupe and convertible, which are slated to be repositioned as the 2-Series.
The existing BMW and PSA Group alliance, which already produces engines for MINI, will be building engines ranging from 1.4-liters to 3.0-liters for the next-gen 1-Series.
For now, the 1-Series will exclusively offer TwinPower turobcharged engines ranging from 1.6 to 2.0 liters in both gas and diesel variants. The line starts with a 136-horsepower 116i and culminates in a 184 horsepower 120d, although a 116d EfficientDynamics edition will soon launch with ultra low 99 g/km of CO2 emissions. Auto start/stop will be standard across the line, as will an ECO PRO mode designed to save fuel when engaged.
Underneath, the 1 will feature a double-joint cross-strut front suspension and a five-link rear axle. An adaptive suspension with electronic damper control and a variable sports steering will be optional.
Slightly larger than the outgoing 1, the new car has an additional 30 liters (a little over one cubic foot) of luggage room.
The 1 will be offered in two distinct flavors - Sport and Urban. In the photos, the Sport car is red, while the Urban model is a dark gray. Both come with unique suspension and styling touches inside out.
Look for the 1 to go on sale shortly in Europe. An updated coupe is at least a model year off for North American buyers, however.