The 1 series was always criticized for its van like looks and the horribly cramped interiors.Relief came in the form of the rear wheel drive layout (cool for a hatchback isnt it?) and the1 series coupe and now we are about 2-3 years away from the moment a new generation BMW 1 Series will make its way onto the market. What is unclear at the moment is which model will be refreshed first: the van-hatchback or the beautiful coupe version.
It is also unknown if the European hatchback model will ever be brought to the States. In the mean time, many graphic artists are having a field day playing with renderings and trying to determine what the new design might be. Some still believe many design elements from the now canceled CS Concept will be used, while others mention some similarities between the upcoming BMW Z4 and the future 1 Series.
In the mean time, the german fellows at AutoBild came up with some new computer generated images of the 1 series and let me tell you, the concept looks pretty good. Definitely a front-end that is appealing to a younger crowd, still keeps the a sporty and aggressive look.
As far as the rear-end design….not my most favorite one, but I still like it better than the one on the current hatchback. It still looks much better than the present van model and do we Indians ever have a chance of getting it? Not a chance at all provided the fact that we are not open to expensive hatchbacks nor coupes, atleast not in the region of Rs 15 lacs for such a model.
Source : Bmw Blog