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Meet The New BMW 1 Series

Posted in BMW, Frankfurt Motor Show by Kurt Ernst | June 7th, 2011 | 6 Responses |

The 1 Series Sport (L) and Urban (R). Image: BMW

BMW’s new 1 Series won’t officially debut until the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, but that hasn’t stopped them from releasing details in advance. First to break cover are the five-door hatchback models, built on the same platform as the new 3 Series. On the plus side, the new 1 Series hatchbacks have significantly more interior room than the outgoing coupes, and their hatchback design is a nod towards practicality. On the down side, larger means heavier, and the new crop of 1 Series cars is available only with four cylinder engines. In traditional BMW manner, the new cars will be front engine, rear drive.

BMW's new 1 Series Sport. Image: BMW

It’s too early to tell which models we’ll get on this side of the pond, but for Europe BMW is announcing two gasoline powered variants and three diesels. On the 116i, buyers get a gas fueled 1.6 liter, twin-scroll turbo engine good for 136 horsepower and a 0-100 kph (62 mph) time of 8.5 seconds. Next up is the 118i, with a more powerful gasoline burning 1.6 liter, twin-scroll turbo engine good for 170 horsepower and a 0-100 kph time of 7.4 seconds. The 116i returns up to 42 mpg in European cycle testing, while the 118i still yields up to 40 mpg.

Image: BMW

EU buyers get three oil-burner options, starting with the 116d. Its 2.0 liter, variable-geometry turbo engine makes 116 horsepower, good enough for a 0-100 kph time of 10.3 seconds. The 118d also uses a 2.0 liter turbodiesel, but increases output to 143 horsepower, good enough for a 0-100 kph time of 8.9 seconds. Topping the range is the 120d, which still gets the 2.0 liter turbodiesel, now rated at 184 horsepower and capable of a 7.2 second run from 0-100 kph. Fuel economy on all three is outstanding, with the 116d rated at up to 54 mpg, the 118d rated at up to 53 mpg and the 120d rated at up to 52 mpg.

BMW's Sport interior. Image: BMW

We probably won’t see the diesels and may not even get the 116i, but Autoblog reports that a 128iS, complete with a 245 horsepower turbocharged four, is in the works. That may be just the ticket to lure in the young (or cash-strapped) enthusiast, and its front engine, rear drive platform should stack up well against the Ford Focus ST (which has 245 horsepower and FWD). If BMW prices it sensibly, it could be a significant product for them.

Source: BMW, Autoblog

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6 Responses

  1. Set says:

    So the performance enthusiast buys the 120d? I like this new strategy. Sadly, though, I doubt that’ll come to the US.

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      Set, the 128iS is the car that enthusiasts will want. It’s supposed to have 245 horsepower, and we know it’ll be front engine, rear drive. Let’s hope BMW brings it here.

  2. PFULMTL says:

    From the back, it looks like the 2011 Impreza. I think they should have kept the front the same as the 1 Series and just made it a two door hatch. It’s small enough already.

  3. ptschett says:

    Part of me wants to hate the front end, and another part of me is reminded of the European-version 2000C/CS.

    (let’s see if an image embed works…)

    • Kurt Ernst says:

      ptschett, I like it, but I always did have a thing for funky cars. I’d even consider one if BMW priced it right, but we know that won’t happen. I don’t need leather seats or rain sensing wipers or automatic climate control, but I’m guessing that’s how most will be imported.