There’s still a few more months to go before BMW pull the covers off their 2012 BMW 1 Series at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year, but the images of this entry-level hatchback apparently leaked onto the Internet a few days back.

Now, from the images of the car, the new addition perhaps might not catch some of BMW’s enthusiasts’ attention in terms of looks, but this hatchback still maintains its sporty and luxurious styling that BMW loves to infuse into their cars.

The new 1 Series is based on the 3 Series platform and is now larger than the older model, except for it’s height which remains the same as the replaced model. The front kidney grille is now more vertical as seen on all the latest cars from the BMW stable.

From the shot of the boot, BMW has now provided a much more practical space with 200 litres extra space. The cabin is also roomier due to the longer 2.69m wheelbase. The interior also has improved over the last cars and now feels more upmarket.

A range topping turbocharged inline-6 petrol engine with 245bhp on tap will go under the hood of the 128iS, which replaces the current six-pot 130i.

A 1.5 litre 3-cylinder petrol engine as well as a turbo-diesel variant will also be offered. As for the diesel variant, there are three 2.0 litre turbocharged diesel motors with power ranging from 116bhp to 184bhp.

This “baby beemer” comes with fuel saving technologies like their start-stop and brake energy regeneration. It also includes lane departure warning, automatic traffic sign recognition, automatic headlights with auto levelling high beam and of course, BMW’s i-Drive in-car interface. BMW will also introduce a selectable driving mode system with two settings, “Eco” and “Sport”.

This leaked information perhaps might have prompted the management to reveal the car officially ahead of the actual launch, but as far as we know, this car is no longer a surprise when they officially launch it at this year’s Frankfurt Auto Show.



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