Ah, we love seeing pictures of prototypes with their wild white and black wraps. Although we barely have a clue on what the final production model will look like from these famous spy shots, it does look like the new 1 series 5-door will stay true to the original that debuted in Europe back in 2004. Whether that’s a good or bad thing is up to the consumer.

The new 1 series will come out as a 5-door hatchback first with a 3-door following sometime after that. It is rumored that this 1-series will improve on the not-so-roomy back seat of the model and will have a longer wheelbase and wider track. Although these bodystyles have not been available in the States, there’s a strong possibility they will jump the pond to rival the new Audi A3. The new 1 series will keep its RWD layout and its 4.0 liter four-cylinder engine, with later versions appearing in the 140-180 hp range. A turbo and diesel in the 300 hp range will also be released. An engine stop-start system, an electrical-regenerative system, and the new EfficientDynamics technologies will more than likely appear in this new model as well.

The new BMW 1 series is expected to launch in the second quarter of 2011. Expect prices to be in the same range as the current 1 series models which start at $29,150.

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Source: MotorAuthority

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  (1211) posted on 09.22.2010

But there’s already a 3 door version of the 1 series on sale in Europe... This one just seems to be the same version of the future model; or one
with the suicide doors, somewhat in the same fashion as the Mini Countryman 3rd door or the Mazda RX8

  (518) posted on 08.2.2010

cool car! Its design was very head turning smiley The interior and exterior features seems great.

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