BMW reveals all-new 2012 1-Series range

BMW reveals all-new 2012 1-Series range

With leaked images of BMW’s brand new 1-Series hatch circulating online since Friday the Bavarian carmaker has made the call to release a full set of photos and official details.

BMW’s compact car is now larger and sports fresher looks while also introducing a new range of engines. The all-new 2012 1 Series is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show later this year with the code-name F20. It will sit on the same platform that underpins the upcoming new 3 Series and will be larger than its predecessor in every dimension except height. The first variant on show will be the volume-selling five-door hatchback but the range will also include a three-door hatch, coupe, cabriolet and possibly a longer Gran Turismo version.

The new sheetmetal has extensively revised styling with more prominent creases and a dramatic front-end that includes an even larger kidney grille and frowning headlights that push back into the wheel guards.

Inside, higher-grade materials are used and there’s apparently more attention to detail. A larger centre console houses fresh switchgear and there are new steering wheel designs. The latest version of BMW’s iDrive system is an optional extra.

But the biggest news is under the bonnet where the 1-Series is being launched with the long-awaited turbocharged four-cylinder petrol and diesel engine range. There’s a 1.6-litre unit with a TwinPower Turbo system and direct injection technology, which will be available at first in two states of tune delivering 101kW and 220Nm in the 116i and 127kW and 250Nm in the 118i.

Diesel fans are catered for with a redesigned 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder mill delivering 86kW in the 116d, 106kW in the 118d and 137kW in the 120d. BMW has also said that a 116d EfficientDynamics Edition will be launched, with the 86kW 1.6 litre diesel engine and additional fuel-saving technologies that will keep CO2 emissions over the EU testing cycle down to just 99 g/km.

Performance versions are expected at a later date with BMW’s new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 179kW expected to make it into the new 128i replacing the current 130i that comes with a 3.0-litre straight six.

All engines come mated to either a six-speed manual or an optional eight-speed auto from ZF, with fuel-saving tech like stop-start ignition and regenerative braking included.

Expect exact pricing and specification for the NZ market to be released later this year.

« | »

Let us know what you think

Loading Facebook Comments ...

Road Tests

Silver Sponsors

Car and SUV Team

Richard-Edwards-2016Richard Edwards

Managing editor

linkedinphotoDarren Cottingham

Motoring writer

robertbarry-headRobert Barry

Chief reporter

Ian-Ferguson-6Ian Ferguson

Advertising Consultant

debDeborah Baxter

Operations Manager

RSS Latest News from Autotalk

RSS Latest News from Dieseltalk

Read previous post:
Audi R8 GT Spyder
Audi R8 GT Spyder let off its chain – expect 418kW

Audi has let the latest version of its hardcore R8 GT supercar off the chain with details and images released...