The images come just two weeks after CarAdvice's spy photographers uncovered the coupe's sibling, the new 2 Series convertible.
Unlike the BMW 1 Series hatch on which it’s based, the 2 Series coupe features slimmer headlights, larger front air intakes, and a more prominent, forward-leaning kidney grille, creating a sleeker, sportier appearance.
The clean side panels lead to a rear end that sports a long overhang and high-mounted tail-lights with signature deep red lenses and L-shaped LED lamps.
The 2 Series coupe and convertible will inherit their powertrains from the 1 Series hatch line-up, with a 235kW M235i coupe – based on the recently launched M135i hot-hatch – a near certainty, and an even higher-performance M2 coupe a possibility to take the place of the now-discontinued 1 Series M coupe further down the track.
The current BMW 1 Series coupe and convertible will be around seven years old by the time the new 2 Series models are introduced.
BMW sold 1307 two-door 1 Series models in Australia to the end of November, representing a 13 per cent drop from 2011, putting the compact duo on track for its worst annual sales performance since launching locally in 2008.