BMW has teased on the New 1 Series approximately a month ago with the final test phase. Fast forward to present, the New 1 Series production model has arrived in standard and M Series variants. There are four variants: 1 Series SE, Sport, M Sport and M135i.
Designed a bit more dynamic and slimmer compared to its predecessor, the New 1 Series has a short bonnet and more all-around space, inside. Its dimensions at: 4,319 millimeters in length, 2,670 mm wheelbase are overall more compact but BMW has managed to trim the fat but not compromised on other factors.
Firstly, the New 1 Series has a new headlight system on a wedge-shaped silhouette, a more pronounced nose and a familiar kidney grille (mesh grille on the M135i). The side has two-character lines and you’ve got the ‘Hofmeister Kink’ in there too. A range of wheel sizes for the 1 Series runs from 16-inch to 19-inch light alloys for the M135.
Even with a shorter wheelbase, the New 1 Series gives increased head- and legroom, and a 20-liter bigger boot which holds 380 liters (1,200 liters with the seats folded down). Lastly, a panoramic roof is available as an option.
At launch, the New 1 Series is offered with three diesel and two petrol engines, topped by the 2.0l bi-turbo of the M135. For the first time, there are three transmissions: six-speed manual, seven-speed Steptronic and eight-speed Steptronic Sport.
A bunch new tech found in the New 1 Series are iDrive Touch Controller used to control the infotainment system, debut of the Head-up Display. Park Distannce/Assistant (option), BMW Digital Key, BMW HiFi and Harman Kardon Audio system, Live Cockpit and a myriad of connectivity and navigation systems,
Along with all the primary driver’s assistance systems, the New 1 Series is fitted with wheel slip limitation (ARB) technology, first ever. The ARB technology and BMW Performance Control, on the BMW 120d xDrive and M135i xDrive, work hand-in-hand to give the 1 Series both above average handling and stability. Standard and M Sport with 10mm reduction in ride height are the stock suspension. Finally, the new BMW 1 Series has on offer the Adaptive suspension with VDC (Variable Damper Control).
The New 1 Series is scheduled to hit showrooms in Europe in the Fall.