Mike Stevens | Dec 29, 2011

The three-door version of BMW's recently launched 2012 1 Series Hatch has been given an unceremonious unveiling, courtesy of a set of patent application renderings that surfaced online this week.

As expected, the three-door carries the bulk of the five-door's design language, with only the tapered roofline standing out as an obvious styling difference.

Whether we'll see a 1 Series-badged Coupe and Cabriolet in the future is unclear - while those bodystyles are likely, reports over the past year suggest BMW will give the pair a new 2 Series badge and their own unique styling.

A "Gran Turismo" version is also rumoured, following in the footsteps of the larger 5 Series GT and the upcoming 3 Series GT.

The lifestyle-focused 1er is expected to join its five-door sibling sometime in 2012, offering the same 1.6 litre petrol and 2.0 litre diesel engines that drive the current range.

[via China's sohu.com]

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