The second generation BMW 1 Series has been revealed, featuring increased dimensions, revised engines and better fuel efficiency
The new BMW 1 Series is 83mm longer, 14mm wider and 30mm longer in the wheelbase than its predecessor. The drivetrain layout, with a longitudinally mounted in-line engine at the front and rear-wheel drive, is unique within the compact segment.
Stylewise, the car is dominated from the front by the large BMW kidney-shaped grille, boldly shaped headlamp units and three-section air intake. It also features a coupe-like profile and wide-set wheel arches.
The new BMW 1 Series has an additional 30 litres of luggage space compared to its forerunner, taking the total to 360 litres. By lowering the standard 60/40 split rear seats this can be increased to a maximum of 1200 litres.
BMW's iDrive system is available as standard on cars with SE specification and above, comprising of a controller on the centre console, Favourites buttons and a freestanding, high-resolution 6.5 inch flatscreen monitor. This display is used for all information, entertainment, telecommunications and navigation functions.
The new BMW 1 Series offers a choice of two, new generation, four-cylinder petrol engines and three, redesigned, four-cylinder diesel units. For the first time, a BMW four-cylinder petrol engine has been fitted with TwinPower Turbo technology. The new 1.6-litre unit is all-alloy construction and features a twin-scroll turbocharger, a High Precision Direct Injection system, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control. In addition, the new engine features BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies, which aims to reduce fuel consumption and emissions.
The BMW 118i produces a maximum output of 170hp at 4800rpm, and a maximum torque of 250Nm. Peak torque is attained between 1500rpm and 4500rpm. The 118i will sprint from zero to 100kph in 7.4 seconds, going on to a maximum speed of 225kph. The efficiency of this new engine is reported at 47.9 mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 137g/km.
The new BMW 116i's four-cylinder TwinPower engine develops 136hp at 4400rpm and a maximum torque of 220Nm between 1350 and 4300rpm. It'll take 8.5 seconds for the car takes to reach 100kph from a standing start, and the 210kph top speed. The combined fuel consumption is 49.6mpg, and CO2 emissions of just 132g/km, going up to 134g/km when teamed with the eight-speed automatic transmission.
Modifications to the 2.0-litre engine include aluminium crankcases, reduced engine friction, thermodynamically optimised turbochargers with variable turbine geometry and next-generation commonrail injection.
The new BMW 120d offers an increase of 7hp over its predecessor, taking maximum power to 184hp at 4000rpm. Torque is also increased with an additional 30Nm available, equalling a substantial 380Nm between 1750 and 2750rpm. These figures equate to a 0 to 100kph time of just 7.2 seconds, and a maximum top speed of 229kph. It manages 62.8mpg on the combined cycle, with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
The BMW 118d has a maximum output of 143hp at 4000rpm, with peak torque of 320Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100kph in 8.9 seconds, with a maximum speed of 212kph, and manages 62.8mpg on the combined fuel cycle and emits 118g/km of CO2.
Finally, the new BMW 116d offers a maximum output of 116hp and peak torque of 260Nm between 1750 and 2500rpm, the 0 to 100kph dash is completed in 10.3 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 200kph. This performance is matched to a combined fuel consumption of 62.8mpg, with CO2 emissions of 117g/km.
The new BMW 1 Series is available with either a six-speed manual transmission or a new eight-speed automatic transmission. The latter is available in Sport configuration, featuring more dynamic gear changes and shift paddles on the steering wheel.
Auto Start-Stop function is available in both manual and automatic transmissions. An ECO PRO mode, activated using the Drive Performance Control (included as standard), is a new feature on BMW's that adjusts various on-board systems to maximise efficiency. When in ECO PRO mode the throttle response is adjusted to encourage a more economical driving style. The extra economy created in ECO PRO mode is fed back to the driver, with the in-car displays showing the additional number of kilometres achieved.
At a later date, the all-new 1 Series range will be expanded with the introduction of the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics model. This unique model will generate an output of 116hp whilst producing an average fuel consumption of 74.3mpg, but at the same time emitting an expected 99g/km of CO2.
Standard specification consists of a satin silver interior trim and Move cloth seats, with further interior trims and accent panels optional, as are Dakota leather seats or sports seats. Other additions to the standard specification of the new BMW 1 Series include a leather steering wheel, chrome exhaust, keyless start, 16-inch light alloy wheels, four airbags, air-conditioning, 60:40 folding rear seats, child seat ISOFIX attachments.
Optional services include High-beam Assistant, Adaptive Headlights, Park Assist, Reversing Assist Camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake function, speed-limit and no-passing information. In addition, occupants can benefit from internet connectivity, smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic information, as well as web radio, Facebook and Twitter apps.
New Zealand specifications released closer to launch.