Late last year BMW showed updates for the two-door variants of its 2012 1 Series, but it has yet to officially unveil the revisions to its hatchback variants. Spy photos from Motor Trend display the five-door hatchback’s new sheet metal front and rear.
The 2012 hatchback’s angular hood and taller grille appear to be shared with its two-door siblings, but it seems as if this particular prototype receives a front fascia unlike any other 1 Series model. From what we can see beneath the camouflage, this car sports a lower grille split into three sections. For comparison, the standard 2012 1 coupe and convertible have a single lower opening, while cars fitted with the M Aerodynamic Kit receive an entirely different three-section design.
From what we can discern from MT’s photos, the 1 Series hatch’s profile remains unchanged, but the same can’t be said for a few details at the back of the car. Designers appear to have reshaped the tail lamps, while also modifying the shape of the sheet metal and window glass of the hatch itself.
The new 1 Series hatch may be an attractive car, but don’t look for it at a BMW dealer in North America any time soon. That said, the next-generation 1 Series — due in 2014 or so — may be offered with a Gran Turismo variant, which would finally give the U.S. market something similar (at least in concept) to the car shown here.