Some say it’s actually good looking. Some say it’s controversial and polarising. Some say it’s odd and ugly. No, it’s not the Stig, but the BMW 1 Series 5-door’s 3-door brother. Codenamed F21, the new 1 Series 3-door version was just announced by BMW, alongside the new M135i halo version – in both 3 and 5-door BMW hatchback guises – and the new entry level engine, the 14i. Equally surprising is the announcement of the xDrive all-wheel drive system that will be offered with certain engines as of November 2012.
Featuring a sporty and elegant design due to the brand-typical proportions, the dynamically stretched side line, the wide doors with frameless windows and the long bonnet, the new 3-door 1 Series allows for precise individualisation thanks to the Sport Line, Urban Line and M Sport packages that are available as design and equipment enhancements, as an alternative to the basic variant. The M135i features a model-specific exterior and interior design and there is also the choice of two or three seats at the rear.
Dimensions have increased, compared to the first generation of 3-door 1 Series, and so has the range of gasoline and diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. At the bottom of the range is the newly introduced 114i with 75 kW/102 hp. Also available upon market launch are the BMW 116i (100 kW/136 hp), the BMW 125i (160 kW/218 hp), the BMW 116d (85 kW/116 hp), the BMW 118d (105 kW/143 hp), the BMW 125d (160 kW/218 hp) and the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with 85 kW/116 hp, additional fuel efficiency measures and a CO2 emissions level of 99 g/km in the EU test cycle. As of November 2012, the BMW 118i (125 kW/170 hp) and the BMW 120d (135 kW/184 hp) will be available, too, as will the intelligent four-wheel drive BMW xDrive system on the BMW M135i xDrive and BMW 120d xDrive models.
Moreover, with the introduction of the new 1 Series 3-door comes the first of the BMW M Performance automobiles to feature a petrol engine – the BMW M135i – with a 3-litre, straight six-cylinder engine delivering 235 kW/320 hp together with M-characteristic suspension components and aerodynamically optimised body features.
Check out our extensive photo gallery and the press release after the break.
Posted in: BMW