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EXCLUSIVE: Next BMW 1 Series snapped in SA

by Hannes Oosthuizen on 18/02/2010

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CAR reader DeJongh Borchardt recently snapped these photos of the upcoming BMW 1 Series replacement in the Northern Cape. Engineers on the scene for once did not react aggressively when the car was discovered, but told Borchardt that it was in the country to undergo high temperature testing, specifically for the car’s air-conditioning system.

Although the test mule’s swirly camouflage does a good job of hiding its lines, it is clear that the Bangle flame surfacing that was so heavily criticised on the current car has been toned down. Also, the front-end looks sleeker. Overall, however, the car’s styling appears to be a careful evolution.

Due for launch in 2011, the new 1 Series will boast a similar line-up of three- and five-door hatches to the current model. In 2012 convertible and coupe models will be added.

The likely drivetrain line-up is currently a hotly debated issue, with some German media outlets suggesting the 1 Series making use of the four-cylinder engines currently being used by the Mini Cooper line-up. However, the hot tip at the moment, especially considering BMW’s focus on its EfficientDynamics green program, is a line-up of three- and four-cylinder engines making use of turbochargers. It is reported by German publication Auto Motor und Sport that the three-cylinder engines are already undergoing final-stage testing, and that the line-up could look like this:

116i – 1,35-litre in-line three cylinder with 190 N.m of torque

118i – 1,35-litre in-line three cylinder with 220 N.m of torque

120i – 1,35-litre in-line three cylinder with 260 N.m of torque

123i – 1,8-litre in-line four cylinder with 300 N.m of torque

125i – 1,8-litre in-line four cylinder with 350 N.m of torque

  • Andr

    A three cylinder engine in a BMW

  • AV

    wow! it will will be more economically friendly but off course will be as good as any Be My Wife

  • AV

    wow! it will will be more economically friendly but off course will be as good as any Be My Wife

  • AV

    wow! it will will be more economically friendly but off course will be as good as any Be My Wife

  • QS

    Can a turbo keep up with Highveld altitudes and are South Africans being duped once again by the odd nomenclature?

  • Kenny

    123D IS TWIN TURBO 2L DIESEL 150KW(REPLACES 130I)
    116T USES MINI TURBO MOTOR
    BMW SA

  • Kenny

    why does CAR magazine staff always put a Merc or Toyota in ontop and scoff BMW? You cant compare “tin” and ugly cars to a BMW!

  • jackjroadster

    BMW’s EfficientDynamics green program is a big leap for them. The idea of three-cylinder engines is not bad. However,there are speculations about maintenance issues for this. It would give its consumers sky-rocketed prices for car repair costs. Any would wonder if it’s really economically friendly.