Did Autobilde Leak the F20 1 Series?

According to 1Addicts and BMW insider Scott26, Autobilde has leaked the 2012 F20 1 Series. At this point we know nothing more than what we see above. Is this real? While it ‘s relatively low quality and highly processed it does look eerily similar to BMW “s launch photography for other recent models. It also looks spot-on based on our knowledge of the car. However we have no confirmation of what this really is.

That said lets talk about what we see above since it is essentially the next generation 1 Series. What we see above is clearly more aggressive looking that the previous 1er. As we mentioned last month, it ‘s also grown a little in every direction. The headlights have been refined in shape and show more size variation than we ‘ve seen with the outer headlights being noticeably larger than the inner lights. Speaking of lights, this is the first time we ‘ve seen side marker lights integrated into the mirrors on a BMW. Look for more of that with the new EU regulations coming into affect.

We ‘ll have much more on the F20 in the days ahead.

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  • TK

    there are EU regulations regarding side markers?

  • JonPD

    Sorry to say but I am not a fan. Blocking out everything but the hood and front panels this just feels bulky to me. Actually to me feels much more related to a small crossover than a sedan.

  • SMP

    BMW is gradually losing my interest as each new model is revealed. Not a fan of the latest ones…

  • Tim

    Very A3 like.

    There are often side markers on test mules, I always assumed some markets required them.

  • I think the guy responsible for headlights needs to back to the drawing board. BMW has been trying to get creative with the headlights for 2 generations now and it just doesn’t work. Keep it simple!

  • Philip

    Don’t get your panties in a wad. It’s just a rendering. Renderings always exaggerate what the real thing will look like. And Bimmers always look better in the metal than they do in pictures.

  • Gabe

    Don’t get your panties in a wad. It’s just a rendering.

    We put a question mark in the title for a reason. However I do think it at least looks like an official “photo”. BMW releases a series of highly processed, almost rendered looking photos, with every car launched these days. Look at the Prestige BMW ad to the right and you’ll see what I mean. Or look at the official ‘photos’ below that BMW has used at various car launches. It does look eerily similar…

    3ercoupe1

    2010 7 Series M Sport

    BMW Performance

    MINI Clubman One

  • HERR26

    It’s a render but it is taken from an official image.

  • Fritts

    Hope to see something like this come to the US, smaller, practical and more economical. Still don’t like the run flats.

  • mellowmcs

    Headlight design is not desirable imo but other wise i would love a 3 or 5 dr hatch 1 series with a 2.0L turbo diesel!

    Are you listening BMW NA? I canceled my X3 order hoping that you will wake up and put the 3.0L turbo diesel engine in the X3s being sold (and built) in the USA!

    I’m due to replace 2 of my cars in the next 2years or so and I would love to replace them with 2 BMWs powered by turbo diesel engines!

  • david

    I’ll keep it simple. Love it. hope to see this version in the US.

  • goat

    Hmmm… headlights are a bit wonky and subaru/mitsubishi but there is more going on here than the previous model and, for this class of car at least, I think this makes it more interesting and more contemporary. Still, it lacks sufficient “tension” in the front end and thus comes across as a bit bulky, at least from this one single (and not the best I suspect) camera angle.

    I certainly agree with the previous comment that BMW seems a bit lost at sea with what to do with their headlight design… I remember ads saying “eyes are windows to the soul” back when BMW had their signature angel eyes and no one else had anything quite like it. It was simple, almost stark, but aggressive and befitting the company’s performance image. I’d like to see a return to that level of design purity… Audi has their “design anchor” in the bold oversized grill so they can afford to get odd with headlights – and so by respecting the “design anchor” they have been able to expand it to include both grill and LED-accentuated headlights. But has BMW been respecting their “design anchor”, which was arguably stronger than Audi’s for a long lon time? BMW has been playing with the kidneys and the headlights at the same time with each generation and from model to model… in this case at least the kidneys are becoming more pronounced and upright so that return to form is lauded, but I remain unconvinced of the headlight profile on a number of recent cars (e.g., last 6-series, current 6-series). Even the current 5-series headlight profile is a bit too soft in form.

  • dasboost

    I actually like it. Though I am hoping there are some major refinements from the current 1 and not just an “evolution”. I am very likely to downsize from my current E92 3er to something like this. I can definitely see myself in a 1er with the new turbo 4 mated to a 6 speed manual. Ideally a 1er with a sport pack/m-pack to keep a grin on my face.

    • What refinements would you want to see? Based on recent BMWs, it’s bound to have a much nicer interior (also confirmed from spyshots), and it’ll probably be softer from a driving perspective.

      • Ugh. Silly posting editor. Posted my comments up top

        1) Get rid of the RFT’s. 2) Grippy summer tires with Sport Pack/M-Package. 3) Spare tire/wheel. 4) Better stock radio. I am happy with the Logic 7 in my E92. It should come standard. 5) Option to get Alcantara seats. 6) My biggest gripe/beef is with the Front Strut Suspension. For a company that preaches “handling/feeling”, a double wishbone suspension should be standard issue on all BMW road cars.

        I will gladly lose things like:

        1) The Brembo calipers, which are not any improvement over the single piston calipers.

  • Reminds me a bit of the wagon version of the Mazda 3.

    • Yep- I made that very same comment last night when I saw this image. The lights in the mirrors is thanks to brilliant government regulations…. the next thing we will see should be along the lines of the ENTIRE A-Pillar being lit up so idiots see it, rant over.

      -M

  • Flo

    After comparing some spyshots with this picture, something could not be right… just saw a covered F20 1 series the last days and I have the opinion that the front of the car on the picture is not at all like the one I saw… but we’ll see Sorry for my (perhaps) bad english => I’m german

    • @Flo- thanks! I bet you are seeing the M Sport version. Take some shots and send them in if you can, we’d love to see them.

      -M

    • Michael

      @Flo- thanks! I bet you are seeing the M Sport version. Take some shots and send them in if you can, we’d love to see them.

      -M

      • Flo

        No problem 🙂

        As soon as I see it again, I’ll take some shots (even they would not be the best ones because I only take these pictures with my mobilphone cam).

        M Sport version could be quite possible, but the side marker lights in the wing mirrors I can confirm as far as I remember 😉

        -Flo

    • jb

      I would agree. All the new models now have the bumpers flush with the grill work (due to EU regs). The above bumper looks too similar to the e82.

  • dasboost

    1) Get rid of the RFT’s. 2) Grippy summer tires with Sport Pack/M-Package. 3) Spare tire/wheel. 4) Better stock radio. I am happy with the Logic 7 in my E92. It should come standard. 5) Option to get Alcantara seats. 6) My biggest gripe/beef is with the Front Strut Suspension. For a company that preaches “handling/feeling”, a double wishbone suspension should be standard issue on all BMW road cars.

    I will gladly lose things like:

    1) The Brembo calipers, which are not any improvement over the single piston calipers. 2) The push button start.

    • I agree with everything in your first list, but I’m doubtful that ANY of them would make it, unfortunately. BMW is married to RFTs, so there goes the first three. BMW radios haven’t been the best (at least for the last decade that I’m aware of). Alcantara I suppose we might see on the 1M (M2?).

  • Adam

    Update: this has been confirmed via BMW Blog to be a rendering, there are a couple others out there. This car isn’t due for reveal until summer sometime.

    • Adam

      Fair enough Michael. Your point is well made, which is why I stick to bimmerfile more so than BMW Blog. But to keep up to date I chech everywhere, literally.

      I am sure your thoughts on the M5 probably are correct due to one thing: its nearly as powerful as a Lamborghini or high end Ferrari. In those cars it makes sense but for a saloon car, likely daily driven by many, its just too much, too much for road tires, too much for the fuel consumption, too much in any fasion. I’m not in the market for a new bimmer for a while being as young as I am but I’d be more than happy with 560 HP and some dialed in feeling.

    • As a matter of fact it was not a speculation Michael, and since I’m in Munich this week, I’m assuming I’m closer to the sources.

      And believe me, it’s a rendering. 100%

      And we said 560-565hp, depends if you look at European or US figures.

      http://www.bmwblog.com/2011/03/18/new-bmw-m5-prototype-reviews-560-hp/

      • Horatiu, I am not trying to get into a pissing contest here…. thanks for the link to your story BUT below is the original text that you changed and never mentioned that there was an editorial change, and as for being in Munich- have a Augustiner for me, Gabe was there last month as well.

        “The next generation 2012 BMW M5 drops the fans-favorite V10 naturally aspirated engine in favor for a V8 turbocharged engine. The powerplant in the F10 M5 is based on the same unit found in the BMW X5 M and X6M, the twin scroll twin turbo version of the N63, known as the S63. The 4.4-liter V8 twin-scroll unit will peak at 578-horsepower and 530 lb-ft of torque. The 0-62 mph dash should take about 4.4 seconds, but official track times will not be available until late 2011.”

        Above via BMWBlog 3/22/11

      • Michael

        It is a rendering as we state above but it is based on an official photo (as has been done countless times before. And as Gabe has seen this car in the flesh I’ll go with his account.

  • Hideous. Clearly this is a photochop of an original official photo, as the angle and style is typical of BMW press shots. The styling cues are not typical of any current BMW design language and are far too exaggerated–particularly with regard to the front facia–to be real.

  • Is this F201 a new edition for 2012. It looks normal not that great or appealing.