More economical, slightly roomier and with a model on the horizon that cuts CO2 emissions to just 99 grams per kilometre: BMW has unveiled the second generation of its 1 Series.
For the first time, all the petrol and diesel engines for the BMW 1 Series now feature TwinPower Turbo technology. New 1,6-litre petrol engines are provided in two specifications: 100 kW for the 116i, and 125 kW for the 118i. Redesigned 2,0-litre diesels develop 85 kW (116d), 105 kW (118d) or 135 kW (120d).
Around the corner is a 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, with a 85-kW 1,6-litre diesel engine and additional fuel-saving technologies that will keep CO2 emissions over the EU testing cycle down to just 99 g/km.
In the drive towards improved efficiency, the 1 is the first car in its class to be offered with an 8-speed automatic ‘box. It comes with automatic Start/Stop function in both manual and automatic transmissions. ECO PRO mode is activated using the driving experience switch (included as standard).
The new 1’s body is 85 millimetres longer than its predecessor’s; wheelbase is 30 millimetres greater, front track 51 millimetres wider and rear track 72 millimetres wider, but height remains unchanged. Apart from the slightly increased space for passengers, boot space has gone up from 330 to 360 dm3.
Although it’s the marque’s entry level car, the 1 offers ConnectedDrive, a comprehensive selection of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services. These include High-beam assistance, Adaptive Headlights, parking assistance, reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake function, speed-limit and no-passing information, Internet connectivity, increased smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic information, and web radio, Facebook and Twitter apps.