An extensively modified front- and rear-end design, a sophisticated premium ambience when you step inside and fresh reserves of power under the bonnet are all part of the even more expressive, sporting and efficiency-focused skillset of the new BMW 1-Series model range (fuel consumption combined: 8.0 - 3.4 litres/100 km [35.3 - 83.1 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 - 89 g/km). Almost two million units of the BMW 1-Series have been sold worldwide over the last ten years, and this latest edition is poised to set another new benchmark in driving pleasure in the premium compact segment. The new 3-door and 5-door BMW 1-Series models come with a comprehensively revised engine line-up and additional measures designed to reduce fuel consumption and emissions, allowing them to lead the way once again in the introduction of new BMW EfficientDynamics technology.
The selection of engines available for the new BMW 1-Series model range has been enhanced by the addition of latest-generation petrol and diesel units with three and four cylinders. The torquey and high-revving engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology team up with rear-wheel drive - still a unique selling point in the compact segment - to deliver a suitably intense driving experience. And an even broader spread of standard equipment, an output boost for the six-cylinder in-line engine powering the BMW M135i M Performance Automobile and cutting-edge innovations from BMW ConnectedDrive also imbue the brand's hallmark characteristics with renewed vigour.
Modified exterior and interior design includes familiar BMW styling cues underlining sports performance and premium characteristics
Carefully considered updates to the exterior design of the new BMW 1-Series shine the spotlight on its sporting elegance and high-end presence. A newly designed BMW kidney grille and larger air intakes help to emphasise the car's dynamic potential in familiar BMW style. Headlights with a significantly flatter geometry play a similar role. They come with LED daytime driving lights as standard and can now be specified in full-LED specification as an option. The rear lights have also been completely remodelled. They now display the "L" shape characteristic of BMW models and reveal LED-powered lights. Elsewhere, the sophisticated design of the upper centre console with the controls for the radio and climate control system is foremost in accentuating the premium ambience on board the new BMW 1-Series.
Automatic air conditioning, BMW Radio Professional and BMW iDrive fitted as standard; new equipment variants
Standard equipment for the new BMW 1-Series model range now also features automatic air conditioning, a rain sensor, the BMW Radio Professional and the iDrive operating system, complete with a high-resolution 6.5-inch display integrated in the instrument panel as a freestanding monitor. And the Advantage, Sport Line, Urban Line and M Sport packages available as an alternative to standard specification provide fresh scope for targeted individualisation.
New generation of engines, new benchmarks in efficiency
An extensively updated line-up of engines and extended BMW EfficientDynamics technology ensure that the new BMW 1-Series model range once again sets new standards in its class by further reducing fuel consumption and emissions. BMW 1-Series customers will now be offered three- and four-cylinder power units from the BMW Group's new engine family. The new efficiency pacesetter in the brand's model range is the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with 85 kW/116 hp and average fuel consumption of 3.4 litres/100 kilometres (83.1 mpg imp) combined with CO2 emissions of 89 g/km in the EU test cycle.
As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual gearbox, there is the option of an eight-speed Steptronic transmission (standard in the BMW 125d, BMW 120d xDrive and BMW M135i xDrive). The latest version of the automatic unit now also offers transmission management supported by navigation data.
A 5 kW increase in output (to 240 kW/326 hp) from its six-cylinder in-line engine allows the new BMW M135i (average fuel consumption: 8.0 litres/100 km [35.3 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 188 g/km) to strengthen its position as the elite sports performer in the BMW 1-Series' competitive segment. Like the BMW 120d and BMW 118d, the BMW M Performance Automobile can also be specified with the intelligent all-wheeldrive system xDrive which, as well as serving the causes of traction and directional stability, also enhances the car's dynamics. The new BMW M135i xDrive (average fuel consumption: 7.8 litres/100 km [36.2 mpg imp]; CO2 emissions combined: 182 g/km) sprints from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 4.7 seconds.
High-quality materials and sophisticated premium ambience in the interior
The interior of the new BMW 1-Series sees the brand's hallmark driverfocused cockpit design complemented by high-quality materials, new seat upholstery and a sophisticated premium character for the centre console controls. New cloth seat covers with a particularly fine web structure and a likewise newly developed cloth/leather combination lend extra freshness, as do the white acrylic glass interior trim strips with textured surfacing designed for the Urban Line.
The BMW Radio Professional and iDrive operating system have been added to the wealth of standard equipment on board the new BMW 1-Series model range. That means the freestanding, 6.5-inch Control Display integrated centrally into the instrument panel and the centre console-mounted Controller, plus the direct menu control buttons and favourites buttons, are now all included in an interior displaying familiar BMW design. If the optional Navigation system Professional is fitted, the Controller comes with a larger, touch-sensitive surface for inputting numbers and characters. The onboard monitor takes the form of an 8.8-inch display with new, extremely slim-looking geometry.
The controls arranged below the Control Display have also benefited from detailed refinements. Both the air vents and the controls for the radio / automatic air conditioning now feature high-quality chrome surrounds. The radio and automatic air conditioning keypads, meanwhile, are set against high-gloss black panelling. If the optional two-zone automatic air conditioning is specified, the display is white in daytime mode and orange in night mode.