The all-new BMW 1 Series is set to make waves in the New Zealand luxury compact market when it goes on sale from October 21.
BMW’s newest hatchback comes packing a new eight-speed automatic transmission as standard – the only model in the segment to do so. There are new engines with more power and improved efficiency figures and a fresh range of standard and optional features.
With pricing officially announced the 116i manual is the entry point and features an entirely new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, it will start from $46,600. With the automatic transmission it’s priced at $49,700.
The 116i uses a new-generation turbo engine that accelerates the hatch 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.
The BMW 116i is also has a strong range of standard features including 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 and stylish 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 driving dynamics, the new 1-Series sticks with rear-wheel drive and has a 50:50 weight distribution and a more advanced suspension set-up.
Fitted as standard, and new to the 1 Series, is Driving Experience Control. This technology 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. The eight speed automatic transmission also comes standard with an Automatic Start/Stop function.
Three engines will be available in the 1-Series from its NZ launch. The BMW 116i (100 kW) and 118i (125 kW) feature a new turbo-charged four-cylinder, petrol engine. The 105 kW four-cylinder turbo-charged diesel-powered 118d completes the range.
Both petrol engines are of BMW’s new-generation of motors and are based on the familiar BMW TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder in-line powerplant.
The new BMW 1 Series also sees the introduction of BMW Lines trim levels which allow more personalisation and a simplification of the ‘specification’ process. The new BMW 1 Series is now offered in an Urban and Sport Line, each Line having its own character through specific materials and design features.
The Lines comprise the kidney grille, air intakes, front bar, rear bar, exterior mirror housing, doorsills, chrome braces, keys, additional interior light elements, colour switch, exclusive decor trims, exclusive upholstery, sports steering wheel, the Lines badge and special alloy wheels.
The new BMW 1 Series is 85mm longer, inlcuding a 30mm longer wheelbase and has 10 per cent more luggage capacity at 360 litres.
The new 1 Series will also be available with higher-spec options like Parking Assistant, Rear-View Camera and Lane Departure warning, which until now have only been available in BMW’s upper-range vehicles.
BMW 1-Series Range – Pricing
|116i Man / 116i Auto||$46,600 / $49,700|
BMW 1-Series Range – Specifications
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.