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First Look: 2012 BMW 1-Series

Small gets bigger.

by on Sep.14, 2011

The new BMW 118d - the 2012 1-Series gets bigger, wider, with more cargo and passenger space.

There are some curious and conflicting trends you’ll spot wandering the vast halls of the Frankfurt Motor Show: automakers are moving ever-smaller with their newest models – even as their existing small cars get bigger.

A case in point is the 2012 BMW 1-Series, which is making its debut at this year’s German car show.  Introduced six years ago as the smallest model in the maker’s line-up.  But the newly-updated 2012 1-Series will be both longer and wider, according to BMW tech chief Klaus Draeger, addressing concerns about the car’s limited interior and cargo space.

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The Bavarians introduced a range of variants of the next 1-Series during their Frankfurt press event, which opened this year’s well-attended show.  Speeding around an indoor test track, the line-up includes a mix of diesel and gasoline-powered vehicles, such as the 118d.