Tucked away on BMW’s German-language site are pictures of an M Sport package for the newly announced 2012 1 Series. BMW hasn’t officially divulged anything about the package, but it appears to provide a visual upgrade for the redesigned hatchback.
Immediately visible are new front and rear bumpers, as well as restyled side skirts. They combine with new M Sport wheels to give the new 1er a sportier stance. Inside are M-specific bits like a leather-trimmed steering wheel, M-badged shifter, and door-ill plates bearing the M Division logo.
We think the new parts improve the 2012 car’s ungainly nose, helping it resemble the current-generation 1 Series more than the new car. The new 1 Series hatchback goes on sale in Europe later this year with standard engine stop-start technology, an optional eight-speed automatic transmission, and a choice of five different turbocharged four-cylinder engines.
Most BMW vehicles are available with some kind of M Sport trim, which provides sportier styling and interior trim. The website says the M Sport treatment for the new 1 Series will be available from March 2012, so we expect a full rundown on the package’s contents sometime before then.