Spyshots: 2011 BMW 1 Series 5-Door

After some two weeks ago we brought you a few CGIs presenting the next generation BMW 1 Series, it is time for a closer look at the vehicle. Of course, if you have the eye to see through all that camo...

What you can see, however, are the similarities between the CGIs and the 1 Series test vehicle. At the front, the foglights are, as we said, no longer under the spoiler as in the current version, but on it and more to the center. In all, though, the car retains the overall lines seen in today's 1 Series.

As there are still some two years before the car really gets here, some details have been revealed. According to Klaus Draeger, BMW's product development chief, who spoke with German AutoBild, the 1 Series may get an elongated shooting-brake two-door wagon or hatch variant.

Such a design will allow the 1 Series to accommodate passengers taller than the ones that can now fit on the 1 Series backseat. In case you haven't guessed it, if approved, the shooting-brake 1 Series will be bound for the US.

If you have been watching our previous reports, you know by now the 2011 1 Series will rely on small displacement engines. Still, bigger engines of up to 3.0l are also being considered. Unfortunately, an M badged 1 series is still not on the table.

If it is any comfort (we know it's not), the 1 Series will surely be as green as they get, with some reports stating that a hybrid version has above average chances of becoming reality.
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