Geneva Preview: BMW Concept M135i unveiled image

Finally, after a lot of rumors the M135i featuring a six-cylinder petrol engine is set to premiere at the 2012 Geneva International Motor Show next month.

While officially dubbed a concept car for the 2012 Geneva Auto Show, sources insist the M135i will be on sale in Europe as early as July, featuring a version of the N55 turbocharged 3.0-liter gasoline straight-6 motor.

While not a full-fledged M-car, the M135i draws heavily on the year-old M135i coupe, sharing its engine and gearbox among other go-fast components.

Moreover, the characteristic handling precision of BMW M Performance automobiles is obtained through model-specific suspension technology that includes an M sports braking system and is perfectly adapted to match the supreme road performance the German automaker said. 18-inch M light alloys with a double spoke design additionally complement the concept car’s sporting character.

The company says the three-door 1 Series has “a more dynamic and elongated appearance” than its five-door sibling, pointing to details like its rising character line, frameless windows and “powerfully flared wheel arches” as unique elements.

The world premiere of the BMW Concept M135i will take place at the Geneva Motor Show on Tuesday, 6th March at 5 p.m. Inautonews will be there to bring you all the news from the show – so check us back later!