Wearing the typical psychedelic BMW camouflage, this is the first time our photographers have spotted the car as a prototype rather than the previous mules which wore the current 1 Series body.
Despite being in the early stages of its development, BMW's product development chief, Klaus Draeger, has suggested the new generation model would cater for fast developing new segments with a shooting-brake two-door wagon being considered.
The next generation model will feature a series of petrol and diesel engines ranging from 1.4-litres to 3.0-litres with the turbo-six almost certain to make a return.
Unfortunately a highly anticipated M version of the new generation 1 Series is still out of the question, with emphasis instead being placed on green models such as low-polluting diesels and a hybrid.
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