2012 BMW 1 Series leaks onto Internet – update

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New pictures of the 2012 BMW 1 Series has just leaked onto the Internet before its debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The newly redesigned 2012 BMW 1 Series is oddly appeared to be a hatchback instead of a four-door sedan.

Not only it is a hatchback, the 2012 BMW 1 Series gained in size as well. It is expected that the 2012 BMW 1 Series will be powered by a range of four- and six-cylinder turbocharged engines. And these engines will also be equipped with BMW’s Efficient Dynamics technology that includes start/stop system and regenerative braking to improve fuel economy.

So far, no official news that the 2012 BMW 1 Series will be slated for the U.S., but from experience, it is likely so. We’ll have more news in a few days as BMW releases its official documents.

Update: 6/4/2011

The new 2012 BMW 1 Series leaked onto the Internet yesterday, and earlier this morning, we got more details about the 2012 BMW 1 Series.

Besides the surprising hatchback styling of the new BMW 1 Series, it will be available with a brand new 1.6-liter turbocharged gasoline engine producing 136 horsepower on the 116i model  and 170 horsepower on the 118i model. In addition, there will be diesel engine options as well, which include a 2.0-liter turbo diesel with 116 hp, 143 hp and 184 hp.