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This is the upcoming 2012 BMW 1-Series doing some final testing at the Nürburgring before its scheduled launch later this year.

The prototype spotted here is wearing less camo than in previous spy viewings and our spy photographers report the car was doing its fair share of laps as it readies itself for production.

This next-generation 1-Series looks more upright than the current model (X1-like) and we can expected it to be larger too, as BMW makes room for entry-level vehicles below the 1er in the product lineup. The prototypes we've seen appear longer and show a slighter C-pillar, likely to improve rear visibility.

The next-generation 2012 BMW 1-Series is set for launch sometime later this year.

Gallery: 2012 BMW 1-Series 5-door spied with less camo on the Nürburgring

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