GREAT PEDIGREE: Most 2015 BMW 1 Series units will be fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox. Image: BMW
BERLIN, Germany - Nearly two-million BMW 1 Series have been sold since introduction 10 years earlier - now there's a new model that, it's said, "builds on the winning formula of its predecessors with new engines, technology and design.
From September 2015 each will come with satnav - as will every other new BMW to set the standard in auto manufacture. They will also have the free-standing control display, its controller wheel and favourite buttons on the floor console.
They are due in South Africa towards the end of 2015 - perhaps early 2016.
NEW ENGINE FAMILY
The coming BMW 1 Series have engines from the BMW Group’s latest family, plus an expansion of the standard BMW EfficientDynamics technology. The engines, BMW says, will reduce fuel consumption by a further 12% despite more power and sharper responses.
The will, the automaker adds, meet Euro 6 exhaust emissions standards and offer as much as 243kW (in the new M135i) with CO2 emissions as low as 89g/km in the new 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model.
The eight-speed Steptronic transmission has been further refined.
All BMW 1 Series diesel engines are also from the group’s new engine family and use aluminium for their crankcase and cylinder head, have a forged steel crankshaft with balance shaft and are mounted longitudinally.
Other common features include cylinder-wall coating, light pistons, forged connecting rods and 500cc/cylnder, BMW TwinPower turbo technology and Valvetronic fully variable valve timing and variable adjustment of the intake and exhaust camshaft (Double-Vanos).
The BMW 118i and BMW 120i each have a 1.6 four-cylinder engine capable of either 101 or 127kW, 7.2 seconds to 100km/h (120i), and with fuel consumption and CO2 emissions of 5.4 litres/100km and 125g/km (118i).
The two-litre four-cylinder engine in the 125i promises 162kW/310Nm and 6.2sec to 100km/h but still at the top of the petrol engine range is the formidable M135i with its turbo straight-six. Power has been increased to243kW, torque to 450Nm, enabling a 0-100 in 4.9sec - or chill a little and get 7.4 litres/100km.
Both the new-generation three and latest four-cylinder engines are based on the same efficiency-led concept, BMW says, and have new turbo technology and further developed common-rail direct injection.
The 1.5 three-cylinder in the new BMW 116d generates 86kW/270Nm, 10Nm up on its predecessor. The standout figures for the new model are 0-100 in 10.3sec and the potential for 3.6 litres/100km and CO2 emissions at 94g/km. Even lower data come from the 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model: 3.4 litre/100km and 89g/km.
The four-cylinder diesel has three states of tune: 118d 119kW/330Nm, 120d 142kW/400Nm, 125d 167kW/450Nm - the 125k capable of 100km/h in 6.3sec. The 118d can achieve 3.8 litres/100km;the 125d 4.6/100.
Most 1 Series will be delivered (in Europe) with a six-speed manual gearbox but 120d xDrive units will each have as standard an eight-speed Steptronic box with, compared with previous models, improved internal efficiency, longer gear ratios, optimised transmission management and a vibration damper.
An eight-speed Sport auto transmission is available as an option for the 125i, M135i, 120d and 120d xDrive units. This transmission is standard on the BMW 125d and has, BMW says, even faster gear changes, steering-column shift paddles and track-friendly launch control.
Dimensions: 2015 BMW 1 Series
Length - 4,329mm
Width - 1765mm
Height - 1421mm
Wheelbase - 2690mm
Track front - 1535mm
Track rear - 1569mm
STYLISH LINES: Careful enhancements have been made to the new BMW Series 1. Image: Newspress / BMW