The F20 1 Series Leaked! (50 Photos & New Info)

Photos weren ‘t suppose to drop until June 21st yet here they are. You (and BMW) can thank and now Insideline. Full press release should follow soon but until then let ‘s talk about what we see and what we know about the F20.

Full gallery after the break

Official Photography

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Details. We ‘ve got tons but we ‘ll wait on those for the most part as we expect the full release to drop on Sunday. We can tell you that, ultimately, the F20 should be available with a full range of engine choices based on two powerplants; the 1.6L petrol found in the MINI and the venerable 2.0L diesel found in both the MINI and the current 1 Series.

The 1.6L is turned sideways and will produce both 136 (116i) and 170 hp (118i). Interesting both figures that don ‘t correspond to and MINI model output. The diesel will range from 116 to 184hp.

Interestingly we ‘ve been told not to expect DCT for now and instead BMW will offer their quick and efficient 8 speed auto along with a six speed manual.

The 1 Series has grown over 3 inches in length, .7 in width and is the same height as the E81. Interestingly the wheelbase is only 1.2 inches longer which means the majority of that extra length is in the over-hangs. The track is up 2 inches in the front and 2.8 in the rear to 60.4 inches and 61.8 inches respectively.

For those in the US, imagine the front of this on a coupe and convertible and you have the 2 Series that we ‘ll see in 18 months. Otherwise look with some resentment because we won ‘t be getting the 3 or 5 door hatches you see here.

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  • Benzz

    Ow, my eyes!

  • projectgambia

    The interior looks good. The outside is hideous, so glad i got an E82.

  • Bengerman

    Yikes! That front end isn’t working.

  • Flo

    Oh man, I expected something better after the great F10, but this is… I think I have to leave to cry…

  • Seriously…not a fan. The current generation is much better looking in so many ways.

  • buchloe

    to me, front end can pass, but it ain’t pretty. the rear is utter disaster. luckily, they won’t sell it in the western hemisphere:) i hope they come up with a different front end for the 2-door version (that would be new 2 series, correct? can’t follow the nomenclature gossip any more) in the same sense as e90 differs from e92.

  • Green38782


    They managed to “out-ugly” the current 1-Series!  That’s almost impossible!

    • Green38782

      I figured it out: the front of the car looks like it has Down syndrome.  The lights are spaced too far apart.  Do a Google image search.

  • goat

    Rhomboid, drone-like, heavy-lidded, Imperial-Stormtrooper-Helmet headlights are a disappointment. But overall it is a more contemporary and premium look, the stance is aggressive and wheels are flush – competes better with the Audi and Merc premium compacts better now in that regard. 

    Interior is a knock-out… stayed simple and clean like BMW always has, but much more style (without being for style’s sake like Merc) and a fantastic update to the guages that blend the traditional BMW orange-red with cleaner whites and blues. Very very nice job by the interior design team.

    • goat

      Just one more: The front end’s resemblance to the porcine antiheroes of “Angry Birds” is unfortunate, to say the least. 😉

  • Michael Talley

    Well, IMO the rear end is an improvement over the current hatch but the front is just too… ?trapezoidal?. With the exception of the headlights, they managed to make the front end more nondescript. I like the interior but am a bit conflicted with the positioning of the key slot. The center position looks good but I think it would be annoying in practice. It also takes useful “cubby space” away.

    • HERR26

      I prefer the new 1er in lighter colors because you can see the front detail more clearly especially the lines under and above the headlights and makes it actually look more purposeful and less bulbous.  There are some real nice 5 Spokes of 18″ that make the car look more taught and give it a really nice stance.

      • Drill

        Good point. The darker colors do hide a lot of detail. I’ll reserve judgement until I see the new 1er at the IAA in September.

  • JonPD

    Consider me not a fan, looks like a bloated 1 series beaten with serious ugly stick