- The new-generation BMW 1 Series has adopted the front-wheel-drive architecture.
- The top-spec M135i gets a 301bhp 2.0-litre motor with AWD.
BMW has taken the wraps off the new generation 1 Series hatchback. The smallest model in the BMW range has now moved to front-wheel-drive architecture in its third generation, but the top-spec M135i comes with an AWD system.
Appearance wise, the new 1 Series has adopted the new BMW design language. Upfront, the hatchback now sports a bigger kidney grille but the M135i trim gets a distinguishing pattern akin to the one seen on the M340i and Z4. Meanwhile, the headlamps are also in line with new BMW family design and can be had with full-LED configuration. As with the new 3 Series, the bumper design changes depending on the trim level.
At the rear, the tail lights can be had with full-LED lights. The sleeker taillight design makes the new 1 Series appear sportier as well as bigger from the rear. In profile, the car gets a rounded off silhouette compared to the boxier stance of the older model. The new 1 sits on newly designed alloy wheels which range in size from 16- to 19-inches. Also, BMW has included a large panoramic sunroof as an optional extra with the hatchback for the first time.
The new FWD platform translates to ample space inside the cabin. Both the headroom and knee room has increased with the cargo space growing by almost 20 litres. Also, there is an option to install an electric tailgate – a first for the 1 Series. Meanwhile, the dashboard is similar to the new crop of BMW with a large floating 8.8-inch touchscreen dominating the dash. In higher spec versions, the screen size increases to 10.25-inch and it is complemented by a fully-digital instrument cluster.
Under the hood, there are five powertrain options for the 1 Series – two petrol and three diesel – including the range-topping M135i. The 118i gets a three-pot 138bhp 1.5-litre petrol motor mated to either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed automatic. The diesel gets a 114bhp 1.5-litre mill in the 116d guise with a choice of a six-speed manual and a seven-speed auto. The 118d has a bigger 2.0-litre diesel producing 147bhp and besides a six-speed manual, it also gets an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 120d xDrive in has a 2.0-litre which produces 188bhp and is mated to an eight-speed automatic. The M135i xDrive has BMW’s most powerful four-cylinder engine. Its 302bhp and 450Nm are sent to both axles via an eight-speed automatic. The M135’s 0-100kmph time is just 4.8 seconds with a top speed limited to 250kmph.
The new-gen BMW 1 Series will go on sale later this year. This rival to the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and Audi A3 might also make its way to India.