The soon-to-be-unveiled New BMW 1 Series is nearing the final phase of vigorous pre-production testing in Southern France. In fact, the new 1 Series development took five years of intensive work, leading up to this point.
With the upcoming third-generation 1 Series, BMW stresses on a new architecture and interior space for its new premium compact. Upgrades include a new suspension setup, trending technology and much improved driving dynamics.
From feedbacks of previous 1 Series generations, the New 1 Series comes with a more spacious undertaking. Thanks to the new front-wheel drive architecture with transverse engines and a low center tunnel, noticeably more space is now available than in the predecessor model, especially on the back seats. For example, legroom for rear-seat passengers has increased by 33 millimeters and headroom at the back by 19 mm. Access to the rear compartment is now easier and luggage compartment capacity has increased by 20 liters to 380 liters.
Transfer of technology from the BMW i3
On the new 1 Series, BMW has utilized all of the experience gained over recent years with BMW’s front-wheel drive models. A crucial element for the car’s exceptionally high agility is ARB technology (actuator contiguous wheel slip limitation) known from the BMW i3s, which is now celebrating its debut in a vehicle with a combustion engine.
ARB technology, which is standard on the BMW 1 Series, features a slip control system positioned directly in the engine control unit instead of in the control unit for the DSC function (Dynamic Stability Control).
In addition, BMW Performance Control also comes as standard and additionally increases agility of the BMW 1 Series through dynamic brake intervention. Moreover, torsional stiffness of the body structure is enhanced by the targeted use of additional struts such as a standard rear-end “boomerang strut”..
BMW 1 Series: Most powerful 4-cylinder powertrain in the top-of-the-range 1 Series
A newly developed 4-cylinder engine stands out prominently within the drive portfolio of the new BMW 1 Series. The BMW M135i xDrive (combined fuel consumption: 7,1-6,8 l/100 km; combined CO2 emissions: 162-155 g/km) features the most powerful 4-cylinder engine from the BMW with a 2.0-liter capacity and BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The power unit delivers 225 kW (306 hp), ensuring extremely dynamic handling properties through individual technical solutions such as a reinforced crank drive, new pistons and cod rods, a larger exhaust turbocharger as well as optimized fuel injection valves.