Leaked: 2012 BMW 1-Series Details and Photos

Leaked

Somehow, somewhere, someone leaked official photos and details of the all-new 2012 BMW 1-Series just the other day. BMW, who didn't plan to make details public until sometime closer to the car's Frankfurt Motor Show debut in September, had to respond with an official press release and even more photos. So here we have it, the German automaker's new entry-level model. It features BMW's new generation of 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engines.

It's actually built on the same platform as the upcoming 3-Series. The pictures here are of the five-door hatchback, but the model range will soon grow to include a three-door hatch, a Gran Turismo, and a coupe and cabriolet. Compared to the outgoing model, this second generation is longer, wider, and has an widened wheelbase. Overall height remains unchanged. There's also more rear passenger leg room and cargo space. Styling wise, it's clearly an evolution of the current car, but with sharper and more prominent elements of chief designer Adrian Van Hooydonk's layered look.

You Might Also Like
10 Stunning Track Cars Transformed From The Street
10 Stunning Track Cars Transformed From The Street
Here's Why The Jeep Wrangler Is The Most Customized Car In The World
Here's Why The Jeep Wrangler Is The Most Customized Car In The World

The front-end especially speaks out with larger headlamps that curve back to the front wheel arches. The interior is also quite familiar in style but is now made of higher-grade materials. The latest version of iDrive is optional. Under the hood is the biggest news, with the 1.6-liter engine with TwinPower Turbo and direct injection technology available with either 136hp and 162 lb-ft of torque or 170hp with 184 lb-ft. A redesigned 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel with either 116hp, 143hp, or 184hp is also offered.

BMW said they'll also launch a 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with a 116hp 1.6-liter diesel with additional fuel-saving technologies. A six-speed manual is standard across the board and BMW's new 8-speed auto is optional. Pricing has yet to be announced.

Ford Mustang Splits In Half In Illegal Street Race

This is the best example of dumb luck you'll ever see.

Jaguar XE 300 Sport And XE SV Project 8 Create Modern Art

Two vastly different sports sedans that share a common thread.

LEAKED: Ford Mustang Shelby GT500 Revealed At Private Event

This is the first pic we have seen of the supercharged range-topper

All-New Revolutionary Mazda3 Teased Ahead Of LA Reveal

Along with its game-changing sparkless ignition engine.

WatchThe Extraordinary Nissan GT-R50 Being Built By Hand

It’s all about bending sheet metal the old-fashioned way.

Here's How Aerodynamics Make The Lamborghini Aventador SVJ So Much Faster

Take a behind the scenes look at this amazing system.

Fake Lamborghini Murcielago SV Reverse-Engineered By Iran

The Chinese couldn’t have done it better.

Hennessey Trackhawk Is World's Quickest SUV

That's what a thousand horsepower will do for ya.

5 Things You Need To Know About The 2019 BMW X5

After driving the car for the first time, here are our key takeaways.

What's Hot