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BMW has just been caught testing the upcoming BMW 1 Series with the new M package. This is the first time we’ve seen the new model wearing M enhancements.

It appears to feature the usual M upgrades, including sporty alloy wheels (although they might be silver on the production model), a subtle bodykit with more aggressive front and rear bumper bars, and lowered sports suspension.

The new 1 Series itself will feature the same design language as the latest generation of BMWs, including a pronounced nose and headlight layout similar to the new 5 and 7 Series, and a pointier creased bonnet line.

The cabin of the new model also appears to feature a larger rear section, giving it a fuller look than the existing range. This might bring more cargo space and increased rear-seat headroom.

Reports say the 2012 BMW 1 Series will be available with a new 1.4-litre PSA Peugeot engine, as well as a new 2.0-litre turbocharged unit. Diesel options will also be offered.

The 2012 BMW 1 Series is expected to debut sometime towards the end of this year.


  • JD

    looks like BMW is going to integrate indicator lights on the side mirrors

  • ze scheister

    why bother with the camo, bmws all look the same, bar the i8

  • A

    I hope they do a better a job than the one they did on the 5 Series. It’s just my opinion of course, but I think the new 5 Series M Sport is a major step back from the previous model and the rear bumper especially looks so cheap. And the 1 Series needs to look good because the patent pictures of the new A Class and the Giulietta look rather excellent.

    • Jimmy

      I wouldn’t say that the new 5 looks cheap or is a ‘step back’, but it certainly isn’t as adventurous or pretty as the E60 was. It looks like a solid, handsome-ish car, albiet a rather dull one. I’m with you though, the new BMW design language and similarity between models is unexciting. It’s as if they’ve adopted the VW concept. Hopefully the new 3 and 1 series will be a bit more special. The 5 series and X3 are particularly average.