The all-new, second generation BMW 1 Series occupies a distinctive
niche within its segment, offering a unique and rewarding
combination of premium-quality handling, aesthetics and innovative
technology. It remains the only rear-wheeldrive car in its class,
and with a range of advanced TwinPower petrol and diesel engines,
the new BMW 1 Series offers an even more sporty but fuel-efficient
proposition. This is further boosted by BMW’s EfficientDynamics
technologies as standard. Longer and wider than the model it
replaces, the new car simultaneously provides sleeker, sportier
styling, while increased cabin dimensions and comfort result in an
all new interior.
The new BMW 1 Series goes on sale in the UK on
17 September 2011, with a choice of three diesel and two petrol
engines. Prices start from £19,375 OTR for a BMW 116i ES.
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Exciting, elegant, innovative design
The elegant and dynamic styling of the second-generation BMW 1
Series clothes a car that’s 83mm longer, 14mm wider and 30mm longer
in the wheelbase, creating an even more sporty design. The
drivetrain layout, with a longitudinally mounted in-line engine at
the front and rear-wheeldrive, is unique within the compact segment.
This not only improves the 1 Series’ handling, but is also reflected
in its design, with typical BMW proportions: a long bonnet and
wheelbase, and a set-back cabin.
This youthful, lively design is dominated from the front by the
large BMW kidney-shaped grille, boldly shaped headlamp units and
three-section air intake. The grille is tilted forwards, further
emphasising its sporty stance.
Viewed in profile, the dynamic proportions of the new BMW 1
Series are even more apparent. The gently sloping roofline, sporty,
angled rear window and flat side windows give the car the look of a
coupé, while the Hofmeister kink extends well into the C-pillar. A
wide rear door aperture aids access to the rear seats. Wide-set
wheel arches further reinforce the powerful impression created.
EfficientDynamics: achieving more from less fuel
The BMW 1 Series continues as a market leader through its suite of
EfficientDynamics technologies, featuring extensive use of
intelligent energy management systems, including Auto Start-Stop
function in both manual and automatic transmissions – the latter a
first-in-class with eight speeds. 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 miles 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 116 hp whilst producing an
average fuel consumption of 74.3 mpg, but at the same time emitting
an expected 99 g/km of CO2.
The interior: premium finish, dynamic lines,
The interior of the new BMW 1 Series features a fresh and youthful
combination of typical BMW design features and innovative
treatments, with surfaces created from high quality,
precision-finished materials. The characteristic BMW driver focus is
apparent in the angled displays and controls of the central
instrument panel, while the interior surfaces are layered, giving
the interior of the new BMW 1 series an organic look and feel.
Given the additional length and width of the new model, it is no
surprise that the interior provides even more occupant comfort and
convenience than its predecessor. Not only is the driver ensconced
in a sporty but comfortable environment, but rear-seat passengers
also benefit from a further 20mm of legroom.
In addition, storage space has been given careful consideration,
with large front door pockets, two cup holders on the centre console
and a roomy glove compartment.
The new BMW 1 Series has an additional 30 litres of luggage space
compared to its forerunner, taking the total to a generous 360
litres. By lowering the standard 60/40 split rear seats this can be
increased to a maximum of 1,200-litres, with the added benefit of a
flat load surface.
BMW’s revolutionary 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, should satellite navigation be specified.
The new BMW 1 Series is available from launch with 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 of
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 continually increase driving enjoyment while reducing fuel
consumption and emissions.
The BMW 118i produces a maximum output of 170hp at 4,800rpm, and
a maximum torque of 250Nm. Peak torque is attained between 1,500rpm
and 4,500rpm, demonstrating the flexibility of this new engine. It’s
no surprise, therefore, that the 118i will sprint from zero to 62mph
in just 7.4 seconds, going on to a maximum speed of 140mph. The
efficiency of this new engine is proved by a combined fuel
consumption of 47.9 mpg, and CO2emissions of just 137g/km.
The new BMW 116i’s four-cylinder TwinPower engine develops 136hp
at 4,400rpm and a maximum torque of 220Nm between 1,350 and
4,300rpm, providing a more dynamic drive that its predecessor. This
is illustrated by the 8.5 seconds the car takes to reach 62mph from
a standing start, and the 130mph top speed. Even more impressive is
the combined fuel consumption of 49.6mpg, and CO2emissions of just
132g/km, going down to 116g/km when teamed with the eight-speed
BMW already has a worldwide reputation for award-winning
excellence with its diesel engines. In the new BMW 1 Series, BMW has
chosen to push this advantage further still, increasing both power
output and fuel efficiency. Modifications to the 2.0-litre engine
include aluminium crankcases, reduced engine friction,
thermodynamically optimised turbochargers with variable turbine
geometry and next-generation common-rail injection.
The new BMW 120d embodies this technological advance, offering an
increase of 7hp over its predecessor, taking maximum power to 184hp
at 4,000rpm. Torque is also increased with an additional 30Nm
available, equalling a substantial 380Nm between 1,750 and 2,750rpm.
These figures equate to a 0 to 62mph time of just 7.2 seconds, and a
maximum top speed of 142mph. However this performance is not at the
expense of economy: the new BMW 120d manages 62.8mpg on the combined
cycle, with CO2 emissions of 119g/km.
The BMW 118d has a maximum output of 143hp at 4,000rpm, with
strong peak torque of 320Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm. It
accelerates from 0 to 62mph in 8.9 seconds, with a maximum speed of
132mph, yet manages 62.8mpg on the combined fuel cycle and emits
just 118g/km of CO2.
Finally, the new BMW 116d offers a particularly appealing blend
of performance and economy. With a maximum output of 116hp and peak
torque of 260Nm between 1,750 and 2,500rpm, the 0 to 62mph dash is
completed in 10.3 seconds, before reaching a top speed of 124mph.
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.
Unique in segment chassis offers increased driver
The new BMW 1 Series offers significantly improved comfort and
unique handling thanks to its rear-wheeldrive, in-line engines,
perfectly balanced weight distribution and advanced suspension
technology. A wider track, 51mm at the front and 71mm at the rear,
than its predecessor makes for an even more exhilarating drive.
Suspension on the front axle is by double-joint cross-struts, the
high aluminum content of this structure effectively reducing the
unsprung mass, while noise levels have also been reduced and crash
performance improved. At the rear an advanced five-link arrangement
is used, while the electromechanical power steering offers excellent
precision with no interference from the drivetrain.
A raft of electronic systems increases both driving enjoyment and
safety. These include optional Variable Sports Steering; Driving
Stability Control (DSC) including Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) and
an electronically locking rear differential as standard. DTC is
activated in DSC Off mode, applying brake force to either rear wheel
in the advent of wheelspin to maintain traction through a corner.
In addition, a highly torsion-resistant body increases both
responsiveness and passenger protection, and is complemented by a
comprehensive range of safety equipment including front, side and
Increased standard specification and personalisation
The new BMW 1 Series offers the high level of standard equipment and
a wide range of options expected of a premium segment car. The
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. Three
standard and five metallic exterior paint colours are available from
launch. Other additions to the standard specification of the new
BMW 1 Series include a leather steering wheel, chrome exhaust and
SE specification adds a freestanding high-resolution 6.5 inch
flatscreen monitor, with operation via an iDrive controller,
Bluetooth hands-free facility with USB audio interface and a
multi-function leather steering wheel with speed limiting function.
Complementing the typical BMW range structure, two exclusive new
model specifications have been introduced to allow customers to
maximise the dynamic new design of the BMW 1 Series.
The BMW Sport model includes exclusive sport design sports seats,
leather sports steering wheel, high-gloss black interior trim with
Coral Red or grey accents and a host of other carefully selected
design elements. External features include unique sport 17-inch
star-spoke light-alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust pipe and
high-gloss black kidney grille, central air intake trim, side intake
surrounds and rear bumper trim.
The BMW Urban model includes Metro cloth/leather seats, leather
sports steering wheel and an acrylic glass interior trim in black or
white with Oxide Silver accents. The exterior specification includes
unique urban style 17-inch V-spoke alloy wheels and Chrome kidney
grille with white slat sides and trim bar for the central air
intake, amongst a host of stylish design details.