At this year’s IAA, BMW will once again be presenting its world premiere vehicles actively on a circuit in Hall 11 on the Frankfurt Exhibition Site. The successful concept of presenting the cars as they drive has been developed and refined, providing the press and the public with the experience of efficiency and dynamics through the products themselves. The combination of trade fair and event in the form of stage shows will allow visitors to become immersed in the world of the brand.
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Seen in these photos for the first time is what we believe is the F20 1-series with BMW Performance Aero Kit (front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper) with BMW Performance racing stripes. As with the prior 1-series, the BMW Performance program for the F20 will feature both cosmetic and performance parts, some of which may be revealed at the upcoming Frankfurt IAA show in September.
Which clues indicate that the aero parts underneath the camouflage are BMW Performance parts and not merely M-sport parts?
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The new BMW 1-series hatchback (F20) goes on sale in the UK beginning September 17. It will be offered with a choice of three diesel and two petrol engines. Prices start at £19,375 otr for a BMW 116i ES.
Fresh new video from BMW UK of the F20 1-series in black, which seems to suit the F20 much better than some of the other brighter colors. This particular F20 looks attractive as it makes its way around parts of London.
Insider Scott26 posts some more details on the upcoming FWD BMW 1-series models (based on UKL platform) which will join the RWD F20 1-series hatchback. In particular, information / speculation is provided on the 1-series Compactive Sport Tourer. Inside is a render which is said to be so close to the production version that Autobild was supposedly asked to remove it from its site.
The FWD BMW 1-series models lineup will include:
BMW 1er CITY compact
BMW 1er Compactive Sport Tourer
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Autocar has now posted their first drive review of the F20 1-series 120d hatchback. Overall it’s a bit of a mixed review. See inside for what we mean.
We’ve seen plenty of photos and videos on the F20, but how does it perform? Reviews are beginning to flow in from this week’s first press drives and Autoexpress has come in with their first impressions. Here’s how their first experience with the F20 went… read on inside.
BMW has released a new video and batch of wallpapers featuring some new colors – Valencia Orange on a Urban Line F20 and Mineral Gray on a Sport Line F20. Full set inside.
BMW’s research and development head, Klaus Draeger, has confirmed that future BMWs will indeed utilize new turbocharged 3-cylinder gas and diesel engines. This begs the question which future models will receive these 3 cylinder motors. According to Draeger (via Autocar), the upcoming FWD 1-series models will receive the 1.5L turbo 3-cylinder and not the F30 3-series (at least not initially?)
“They are not a priority for the 3-series,” Draeger told Autocar last week. “We’ll start with the front-wheel drive architecture and more price-sensitive models.”
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This is the first music (industrial) film of the BMW Group. “check my machine” is a film project which has been created in a close collaboration between the BMW Group’s Electronic Media Department and creative Munich artists Jonas Imbery (Gomma Records) and Mirko Borsche (Bureau mirko borsche). The Brainstormclub and Eyetrip are responsible for production.
The soundtrack was exclusively generated out of the noises of the new F20 BMW 1 Series.
We havent had some great looks at the F20 M-Sport yet, but the best images of the new car are by far the ones offered up by the BMW Configurator. The configurator will let you setup the F20 in Sport or Urban lines, and now has added M-Sport to the mix. You can also setup the exterior color and the view, and then download a high resolution snapshot of the car. I’ve taken a snapshot of all the colors available on the F20 M-Sport including Estoril … CONTINUED
This new video courtesy of BMW UK showcase the interior of the F20 1-series hatchbacks and closes in on some external details. Seen clearly is the beautiful new dash with its large 6.5 inch display screen. Also of note is a look at the ambient lighting located on the F20′s B-pillar (at 30 seconds).
The video also features some close looks at the exterior as well. The frontal shots show the sculpting in the front fascia which seem to be easily lost … CONTINUED
Since the internet reveal of the new BMW 1-Series SportHatch, the forums have been ablaze with photoshop artists displaying their skills in producing 3-Door variants, Coupe variants and facelifts of the car. Here are just a select viewing of interesting things people have come up with so far:
The F20 1-series was just officially revealed this past weekend, but uncovered models are already driving around on the streets of Germany. Inside are the first live photos of the production F20 1-series 5-door hatchback, in Sport Line trim, but without the standard 17″ Sport Line wheels.
The way to differentiate between the Urban Line and Sport Line trims is that the Sport Line has standard 17″ wheels, high gloss black elements, wide grille slats, and front bumper insert. The Urban Line has white trim components.
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The photos and details of the new 1-Series sporthatch came on like a flood over the weekend. However, the videos have been coming out at a trickle pace, and here are new shots of the 1er SportLine edition driving through the hills, with a nice tune in the background. Enjoy!
What Car? provides the first video preview coverage of the F20 1-series. Featured in the video is a glacier silver F20.
We’ve compiled a photo comparison of the F20 1-series 5-door hatchback versus its closest predecessor model – the E87 1-series 5-door hatchback model (non M-sport and facelifted). For your reference, compared to the E87, the F20 body is 85 millimeters (3.35 inches) longer, wheelbase 30 millimeters (1.18 inches) longer, front track 51 millimeters (2 inches) wider, and rear track 72 millimeters (2.83 inches) wider.
Over the weekend, the all new 1-Series was released, and typical for a new BMW release, there has been alot of conversation and controversy over the styling.
BMW has gone ahead and put up this single picture of the M-Sport to tantalize us until the full wallpapers are released.
Probably the most striking feature of the M-Sport 1er will be the addition of Estoril Blue Metallic as a new color option. This will not be available on non M-Sport equiped vehicles.
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