Besides the expansion of its Mini dealerships, BMW will be coming out with four new 1-series versions that have been speculated to be under development for the next generation model which has been revealed as the F20, and this is above the typical coupe and hatch that are already being manufactured. Included in the new versions are a new Coupe and Cabrio, a GT-style Estate and a crossover-like vehicle sporting a Y1 badge.
Also set for the production lines are theZ2 roadster variant and a small coupe variant of the Z2. To bring the vehicle to market now does not only make sense from the point of view of the customer but also for competitive purposes.
It is likewise reported that VW will be going ahead with the BlueSport Roadster, which is said to be sharing its platform with entry-level Porsche and Audi roadsters. At this stage, the GT-style Estate and the crossover-like version remain in the realm of possibilities, and have not yet received any authorization. Also included in the speculation is a four-door sedan-profile vehicle on the 1-series platform.
A range of powertrains are expected to come with the next-generation 1-series. There are talks of a 1.3-liter three-pot turbocharged gasoline powerplant replacing the present 1.6-liter four-pot unit. If the report is accurate then there could be at least five gasoline variants coming to Europe, namely, the 116i that comes with 136hp (101kW) 1.3 turbo; the 118i with a 177hp (132kW) 1.3-liter turbo; the 120i that produces 218hp (162kW) 2.0-liter turbo; the 130i that generates 272hp (203kW) naturally ventilated 3.0-liter inline six; and the 135i producing 326hp (243kW) turbo six-cylinder unit.
On the other hand, the diesel family of powerplants will be a bit more smaller with a 118d that comes with 150hp (112kW) 2.0 turbodiesel, a 120d that produces 184hp (137kW) 2.0-liter turbodiesel and a 123d that generates 211hp (157kW) 2.0-liter turbodiesel unit. Another possibility is a lineup of high-performing ti models that could come with the design assistance from the M Division, the actual shape of which is still undecided.
The Megacity urban vehicle project of the Bavarian carmaker, which was linked to the next-generation 1-series in the past, will not be included in the upcoming lineup. This is because the design goals of the Megacity project are independent of the 1-series. Reports are saying that the first model launched, which is the five-door hatch, will be offered for sale in 2011, while the high-end model will hit the markets in 2012, while the cabrio will get there early in 2013.