2012 BMW 1 Series. Now with M-Sport.June 7th, 2011 by Armaan Almeida
Ahead of the car’s official Frankfurt Motor Show release, new final images and details for the upcoming 2012 BMW 1-Series have hit the net along a first look at the new M-Sport package. The redesigned entry-level BMW borrows cues from the all-new 3- and 5-Series, especially apparent in its oversized new dual kidney grilles and more squared-off creases when compared with the flowing outgoing model.
Some design elements, such as the gigantic new wing-shaped headlights, appear to fit a little better with the character of the BMW 3 and 5 than with the diminutive 1-Series. Expected engine offerings include both naturally aspirated and turbocharged inline four-cylinder and six-cylinder engines, along with a diesel which may not see the market in the U.S.
BMW Blog reports on a new M-Sport package set to debut with the new model, likely offered for sale as optional equipment on the 135i. The main visible difference is a more aggressively designed front valance complete with blacked-out trim and larger air intakes.
No official word on whether the M-Sport package will stretch past exterior and interior upgrades, but expect at the least some performance suspension bits from the current 1-Series M-Coupe to accompany all those visual dressings. As there will be no 1M based on the redesigned 1-Series, at least not at first, the M-Sport package should provide the most aggressive driving experience available around launch time.