Originally Posted by princefemi
I have to be honest, when the first few photos of the 1 series started surfacing I did think it was awkward looking and called it ugly.
Now, I must say that my opinion has changed and when I look at it now IMO it really resembles an e46. It looks like what the 3 series would have evolved to if BMW had continued with the e46 look, especially from the front. I might be wrong but this is what I see when I look at it. And since I am a fan of the e46, I can not continue to call the car ugly. I think it looks very nice. It is a little too small for me but it is not a bad looking car.
Agreed. It's very similar in design to the e46 (believe it or not guys). Compare the two with similar angles and you'll undoubtedly find similar styling elements. The thing is, I don't think the design transitioned over to the flame surfacing style very well. What's good is that it is without a doubt BMW looking. At least it retains its brand identity through its lines.