2012 BMW 1-Series arriving in NZ next month – from $46,600

The all new 2012 BMW 1 Series is scheduled to go on sale in New Zealand on October 28. The second-generation 1-Series comes offering more fuel efficient engines, new features and a segment-first eight-speed automatic transmission as standard.

The price of the 116i manual, featuring an entirely new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, will start from $46,600 drive-away. The new base-model boasts the same power output of the previous entry model, the 118i, despite using 24 per cent less fuel (5.7 litres/100km).

The new-generation turbo engine accelerates the 116i from zero to 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds – compared to 9.4 seconds for the previous 118i.  Torque output is also up from 180Nm to 220Nm while carbon emissions are down from 174g/km to 132g/km.

Standard kit on the 116i include a 6.5-inch free-standing flatscreen colour display, handsfree Bluetooth functionality including USB, MP3 compatible CD player, cruise control with brake function, auto Start/Stop function, keyless engine start, 6-speaker stereo system, iDrive controller, favourite buttons and freshly designed 16-inch alloy wheels.

BMW Group New Zealand Managing Director, Mark Gilbert, said the new BMW 1 Series will attract customers that may not have previously considered a BMW.

“The 1 Series is widely recognised as the category benchmark in driving dynamics and in terms of value it is now more competitive than ever before,” said Mr Gilbert. “The car’s dimensions have increased and its position as the most refined and dynamic vehicle in its class has been underlined,” he said.

In terms of dynamics the new 1-Series remains rear-wheel drive with 50:50 weight distribution and a sophisticated suspension set up. There’s also a Driving Experience Control system that adjusts the car’s set-up to suit the driver’s personal preferences. All models offer a choice of three modes, Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro. When set to Eco Pro, the heating/air conditioning systems use less energy and the accelerator pedal’s control map in particular is adapted accordingly. An automatic Start/Stop function is also standard.

A choice of three engines will be availabe from launch. The BMW 116i (100 kW) and 118i (125 kW) which feature a brand new turbo-charged four-cylinder, petrol engine. With the 105 kW four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel-powered 118d completing the line-up. The petrol engines are part of a new generation of BMW engines, combining a high power output with low fuel consumption and emissions.

2012 BMW 1 Series Models and Pricing:

BMW 1 Series 116i: Four-cylinder in-line turbocharged with direct injection, 100 kW, 220 Nm, 0–100 km/h: 8.5 sec, EU fuel consumption: 5.7 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions: 132 g/km.
Price: Manual – $46,600 Auto – $49,700

BMW 1 Series 118i: Four-cylinder in-line turbocharged with direct injection, 125 kW, 250 Nm, 0–100 km/h: 7.4 sec, EU fuel consumption: 5.9 litres/100 km; CO2 emissions: 137 g/km.
Price: Auto – $55,500

BMW 1 Series 118d: Four-cylinder in-line turbocharged diesel, 105 kW, 320 Nm, 0–100 km/h: 8.9 sec, EU fuel consumption: 4.5 litres/100 km; C02 emissions: 118 g/km.
Price: Auto – $56,600

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