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Old 05-16-2008, 12:58 PM   #1
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BMW released an updated version of the 1-series compact late last year but a suspicious prototype of the hatch is still running around German streets. At first appearance the car looks like an ordinary 1-series hatchback but look closer and youll notice several key features that reveal this is something very different.

The car pictured here is in fact an early test-mule for the next-generation 1-series hatch due most likely due in late 2011 or early 2012. Makeshift fender flares reveal the new model will sport a widened track both front and rear, confirming the next 1-series will be bigger than the current model. The larger footprint will also improve the cars dynamics and road-holding abilities.

Earlier this month BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer revealed that the four-cylinder engines used in the next-gen 1-series will be the same compact units developed jointly by and Frances PSA Peugeot-Citroen for the Mini and a number of French models. The engines will range from 1.4 to 2.0L in displacement and will be available in both turbocharged and naturally aspirated forms. Expect to see BMWs award-winning straight six engines also appear in the line-up.

The current 1-series has often been criticized for having a back no full-sized adult would be comfortable in, however the rear seat room in this new model is expected to be much improved. This will also allow BMW to finally release a hatchback version of the 1-series in the all-important US market. This 1-series should also help boost BMWs sales in emerging markets due to its low entry price.

Expect to see stop-start and electrical-regenerative systems carry over into the new series as well as possible new EfficientDynamics technologies such as heat-recovery systems and solar panels. BMW revealed yesterday that initial testing of thermoelectric generators and solar panels on its cars showed savings of up to 5% in fuel consumption.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:50 PM   #2
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I wish we had the hatch now. I think I can wait.
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Old 05-16-2008, 02:53 PM   #3
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I wish we had plans to get the hatch
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:17 PM   #4
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Theres a car designed for 19" wheels and a wider stance than it currently has.
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:19 PM   #5
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i think i just threw up in my mouth. That looks horrid to me.
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Old 05-16-2008, 03:25 PM   #6
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looks like they put it together using parts from other BMWs

its REALLY weird ... like something is the wrong size.
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Old 05-16-2008, 04:05 PM   #7
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5-door is best looking of the 1-series.
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Old 05-16-2008, 04:24 PM   #8
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5-door is best looking of the 1-series.
by far. Hopefully we'll get that one next time.
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Old 05-16-2008, 04:57 PM   #9
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it looks good but the lights bug me, its like a squished X5
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Old 05-16-2008, 05:47 PM   #10
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Forget the 5 door... give us the 3-door.
(I have always thought that 5-door hatches look horrible)
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:08 PM   #11
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Wow that car is hideous. It seems like all of the good looking hatches are crap and all of the fast ones were beat with the ugly stick.
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Old 05-16-2008, 07:36 PM   #12
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As if there was any doubt that it wasn't
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