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Gamite
02-03-2004, 07:10 PM
http://autoweek.com/weekart/2004/0209/1seriesmain.jpg

http://autoweek.com/weekart/2004/0209/1seriesrear.jpg

http://autoweek.com/weekart/2004/0209/1seriesrear34.jpg

http://autoweek.com/weekart/2004/0209/1seriesside.jpg

BMW was set to reveal to the world its 1 Series at the Geneva Motor Show in early March, but we hear that debut has been pushed back to the Paris show in October. Regardless of its official unveiling, we have the first-ever on-road look at the little Bimmer, courtesy of our intrepid spy shooter who spotted this 1 Series undergoing winter tests in Sweden.

The car is slated for launch late this year with the five-door, shown here, first out of the blocks. A three-door will follow six months after that. An interesting feature seen in these pictures is the small rear hatch, making it look sportier than the Volkswagen Golf, one of its main competitors.

Power in Europe includes a variety of gas and diesel engines; there are no announcements yet on U.S. specs. Expect prices to be about 20 percent less than a 3 Series, putting it in the $25,000 neighborhood. Can a 2 Series be far behind?

ScorpionChick
02-03-2004, 07:17 PM
Julian, why dont' you stay in class and pay attention for a change? :P

King Luis
02-03-2004, 07:18 PM
don't like the wavey lines too much
but it could also be put their to mess up the look of the car, just like the tail lights

Gamite
02-03-2004, 07:23 PM
Originally posted by ScorpionChick
Julian, why dont' you stay in class and pay attention for a change? :P

its 2:30, I'm at home already.

johnoz
02-03-2004, 07:33 PM
Ugggly for $35K Cdn vehicle.
Hope this ones don't make to Canada

PS: The thing I don't understand is. They test vehicle in Sweden yet has Munich plates. What is this a flag for spy picture seekers?

Miguel
02-03-2004, 08:09 PM
There is no BMW hatch that will match the greatness that is the MZ3 Coupe.

M3ti Compact
02-03-2004, 09:10 PM
Originally posted by Miguel
There is no BMW hatch that will match the greatness that is the MZ3 Coupe.

Ahem...

Gamite
02-03-2004, 09:19 PM
M Coupe destroys that.

bmwm5lover
02-03-2004, 09:33 PM
looks good...

Gamite
02-03-2004, 10:02 PM
I have to admit, even though its partially covered up, it still looks like a BMW, so that's a good sign.

TiemenT
02-03-2004, 10:24 PM
the BMW 3-compact is the uglyiest BMW is 20 year !

mkgino
02-03-2004, 10:26 PM
I like everything on the M3 compact except for the stupid headlights. They look weird

HIM
02-03-2004, 11:50 PM
Whats up with those taillights in the first few pics?

blackshark
02-03-2004, 11:59 PM
Cool just like my golf but rear wheel drive :)

Gamite
02-03-2004, 11:59 PM
Originally posted by HIM
Whats up with those taillights in the first few pics?

its masked intentionally to hide the actual look of the car.

notmpowered
02-04-2004, 12:41 AM
That 1 series looks bloody awful. WORST BMW EVER. The e46 compact however is hot. Holy shit I cant believe how bad that car looks.

Justin e36
02-04-2004, 01:03 AM
prototype looked better.
still looks like a bimmer though... and for the price, can't complain I guess. I agree tho.. headlights & tail lights look weird.

BMWF1
02-04-2004, 03:53 AM
i love how bmw always tries to cover there work so much, we always find out..they can't hide it from the fans, but I am defently not feeling that model, I WANT A M4 though

Sunapollo
02-04-2004, 04:18 AM
That's UGLY !!