The first official product photos of the new generation 2012 BMW 1-Series have found their way onto the net.

Seen here in a five-door format, the new 1-Series evolves the current model’s styling with sharper and more prominent creases all around along with a much more pronounced front end that sports unusually large headlamps pushed to the far corners of the bumper literally hugging the wheel arches.

According to the leaked info the car has a longer wheelbase, which helps adds 7 cubic feet of cargo room, while the interior gets a 6.5-inch (or optional 8.8-inch) iDrive display screen.

Under the hood, a variety of engines will be available. The turbocharged 1.6-liter petrol will have outputs of 136 PS (100 kW / 134 hp), 170 PS (100 kW / 168 hp) and eventually 250 PS (184 kW / 247 hp). As about the diesel propulsion, well there is a 2.0- liter engine that develops 116 PS (85 kW / 114 hp), 143 PS (105 kW / 141 hp) or 184 PS (135 kW / 181 hp).

The 120d offers the best performance, with BMW claiming 0-62 mph in 7.2 seconds and a top speed of 142 mph. At the other end of the scale is the 116d, which delivers combined cycle fuel consumption of 54.7 mpg (U.S.) and an average CO2 rating of 71 g/mile.

All models in the 2012 1 Series line-up will benefit from BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology, including a start/stop system and regenerative brakes. Transmissions will include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic.

Inside, a similar iDrive display panel design as first seen on the new 6-series. The instrumentation cluster is of a dual meter design, with the fuel gauge integrated into the lower half of the speedometer.

2012 BMW 1 Series Hatchback images


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