2012 BMW 1 Series First Look - It's Official Now!
2012 BMW 1 Series
By Henny Hemmes
Senior European Editor
The Auto Channel
THE HAGUE, June 4, 2011; Even though media had to sign an agreement to
guarantee the embargo would not be broken before June 5, 00.01 am Central
European Time (or 6 pm EST) the first pictures leaked on the internet more
than 36 hours early. While the most important Dutch newspaper ran the story
early this Saturday morning. In other words: the new 1 Series is too hot to
sit on the news for a while.
We already got a hint of what the new exterior design was going to
be with the BMW 1 Series M Coupé. It was about time, since the first
generation of the 1 Series debuted seven years ago.
The 2012 BMW 1 Series gets a complete new platform with a 1.2 inches
longer wheelbases, bringing it to 105.9 inches.
The length and width increased by 3.3 and 0.7 inches 170.2 and 69.5
inches respectively. This should improve interior space for the passengers
in the rear. BMW says that they will have 0.7 inches more elbow space and
0.8 inches more for the legs.
The luggage space increased by 1.06 cu.ft and measures now 12.71 cu.ft.
which can be ‘stretched’ to 42.4 cu. ft.
Although the width of the new 1 Series only grew just under an inch,
the car looks much fatter than the outgoing model. The wider track will be
the reason: up front it is now 2 2.1 in. wider (60.43) and at the rear the
track increased by nearly three inches to 61 in. Both the 116i base model
as well as the 118i sit on the same 195/55 R16 rubber as before. That is
also the case with the diesel variants 116d and 118d, but the 120d gets
205/55 R16 tyres.
Besides a somewhat fatter stance, the new One also has a more aggressive
look, which will be good news for people who thought it was a bit too
The design team that is supervised by Dutchman Adrian van Hoodonk
came up with a somewhat ‘blowb up’ kidney grille and wider
fenders, while at the rear the car definitely looks much wider than before.
The cockpit is brought on par with the other BMW models, as well as
the iDrive system, that now also in the 1 Series in combined with a flats
Next year, the new 1 Series will be available with the 128i and 135i petrol
engines. In the course of that year, we may also expect the three door
As expected, the 2012 One gets the latest version of BMW’s
EfficientDynamics technology and will be the first car in its segment with
8-speed automatic transmission as an option, auto start-stop in combination
with both hand shifted and automatic transmissions, as well as the Eco Pro
mode that can be activated by a button.
Details for the North American market have not yet been released and
are expected closer to the date of the world première in September at the
IAA Frankfurt auto show.
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