After the first images of the new 2012 BMW 1 Series were leaked to the internet, the company went ahead and released a whole array of photos and technical details of the new baby BMW. The model is not quite as baby as the 1 Series it replaces, having grown in size and been given a boost in luxury details on the inside. As a result, the 1 Series is now roomier with more space for luggage, and has improved quality finishes and added features for the interior.
So far the release of the five-door hatch 1 Series is the only one we’ll see, but other variants should follow in the future. The new model is built on the 3 Series platform, and mid next-year we should see the three-door model appear. In terms of style, it’s still very much the 1 Series it was before, but has some new work around the headlights and a bold front-end which gives it a sporty look.
In terms of technical and mechanical features, the new BMW 1 Series comes with a longer wheelbase creating more room for back passengers, and which now also accommodates an all-wheel drive architecture (although rear-wheel drive will be the standard offering). It is also a wider vehicle, with aluminium MacPherson suspension (multi-link at the back), and there are new ecological features including an “Eco Pro” drive system with suggestions as to how best to drive for lower fuel consumption.
Other features are Start&Stop, DTC electronic stability control with differential, and other gadgets like beam assistant and rear view camera. The updated interior will also benefit from additional entertainment features like internet connection, multimedia hook-up for info on traffic, web radio and Twitter and Facebook apps.
The BMW 1 Series engine range at launch date will include two petrol and three diesel models. All are Euro 5 homologated with turbocompressor and TwinScroll for the petrol units. The 116i model has a 1.6-litre engine with 136 hp and 220 Nm of torque. It also equips the 118i model but produces 170 hp in that version. All the diesel models use the same two-litre engine, with the 116d entry level offering 116 hp and 260 Nm of torque. From there, we pass to the 118d which has 143 hp and 320 Nm of torque, and then finally to the 120d with 184 hp and 380 Nm.
It looks like BMW has done its homework on the new 1 Series and we’re pretty well impressed to start with. It’s a solid engine offering to start with, and will only be improved in the future when we see models like the 128iS come to market. It’s equipped with the same 2.0-litre turbocharged, four-cylinder engine of the X1 xDrive28i and Z4 models revealed earlier this year.
BMW plans to introduce more powerful models in 2012, including a range-topping 128iS powered by the turbocharged 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine unveiled in the X1 xDrive28i and Z4 earlier this year. The new BMW 1 Series will show live at the 2011 IAA Frankfurt Motor Show and we’re keen to see it in the flesh.