BMW Introduces Updated 1 Series

By Christian Stampfer on 23 January 2015
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DSC_0022MUNICH — BMW has sold more than 2 million BMW 1 Series around the world in the last ten years, and now the Munich-based carmaker is updating the model. The current 1 Series, known internally as the F20, enters the second half of its product lifecycle with a wide range of updates.

The updates include interior and exterior design modifications, an updated engine family, and additional safety and technological features. The new BMW 1 Series will be available as three- and five-door hatchbacks and is scheduled to appear at dealer showrooms in Europe in March 2015.

The changes in the new BMW 1 Series become immediately evident when looking at the front of the car. A redesign of the BMW kidney grille has been introduced alongside new headlights and larger air intakes. The redesigned headlights feature LED daytime running lights and are standard on every model. Full-LED lights may be specified as an option. The rear lights were updated as well and now show the company’s characteristic “L” shape, popular on other models such as the BMW X6.

Under the hood nine engine variants will be available. The engine range starts with a turbocharged three-cylinder diesel engine with 116 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque for the BMW 116d and ends with a turbocharged six-cylinder in-line petrol engine for the BMW M135i. Models include the BMW 118d, 120d and 125d as well as the BMW 116i, 118i, 120i and 125i.

The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition is powered by the same diesel engine as the standard BMW 116d but it uses additional features, such as a specific combustion chamber pressure, in order to further reduce fuel consumption. It is rated with 69.1 mpg (3.4 l/100 km) and CO2 emissions of only 89g/km.

Alongside new engines and design updates, the base equipment of the 1 Series increased as well. The BMW Radio Professional, an automatic air conditioning, a rain sensor and the BMW iDrive with a freestanding high-resolution 6.5-inch display come standard. Additional safety and technology features, such as the radar-based Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go assist, are available for the first time in the entry BMW model.                        

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