BMW Concept M135i three-door hatch set for Geneva

February 26, 2012

BMW is planning on expanding the new M Performance lineup, and will show a BMW Concept M135i three-door hatch at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show next month as a bit of a taste on what to expect.

The short three-door body includes slightly bolstered front and rear wheel arches, sporty bumper bars with large air intakes in the front, and a set of 18-inch M alloy wheels.

BMW says that the concept features a straight-six engine using TwinPower turbo technology, producing 220kW of power. It is likely the engine will be a form of the ’35i’ 3.0-litre unit, as seen in various current BMW vehicles.

The concept is set to be a high performance, lighter weight version of the normal 1 Series hatch. It also features a rear-wheel drive layout which would make for a very fun, agile drive.

Other performance features include M brakes, and M sports lowered suspension. The concept is also likely to showcase various M highlights inside such as sports pedals and gear shifter, and a set of sports seats and an M steering wheel.

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Although BMW is yet to make official confirmation, the company certainly provides hints to suggest a version will go into production soon. The company says,

“Thanks to a distinctively sports-oriented appearance, the BMW Concept M135i offers attractive prospects for the further development of the BMW 1 Series model range. At the same time, a clear signal has been given for the expansion of the new product category of BMW M Performance automobiles.”

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.