The Bavarian Motor Works has unleashed the first pictures and details of its latest three-door 1 Series which is speculated to hit the Indian shores within no time. This sporty and elegant new car boasts of the same dimension as the five door version of the BMW 1 series which started selling in last year. The three door BMW 1 series sports 30 mm longer wheelbase, 85 mm more length and wider tracks on both the front and the rear end than the model it is going to replace. The cabin space is pretty adequate to seat four or five adults comfortably; the boot space has been increased by 30 liters to 360 liter which can be enhanced to 1,200 liter once the rear seats are folded.
The newfangled car adopts the engine line-up from the five door version; however more engine choices have been added as entry-level 114i and top-end M135i. Powering the 114i is the 1.6 liter four-cylinder petrol engine that is capable of generating a power of 101 BHP; it emits CO2 around 132 g/km and returns 49.6 mpg. The next variant is the 116i which is housed with a 2.0-liter turbocharged petrol engine that churns out a 134 BHP of power and emits 129 g/km of CO2 and returns 51 mpg. The 125i variant flaunts the same 2.0 liter engine with only difference of power which is 215 BHP in this case. Next in line is the top end M135i variant that derives power from a 3.0-liter six-cylinder turbocharged engine that accelerates from 0-62 mph in just 5.1 second and emits 188 g/km of CO2 and returns 35.3 mpg.
The diesel models are 116d, 118d and 125d; the 116d is available in two versions both of which are affixed with a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbo diesel engine that pumps out a power of 114 BHP. The most economical of all is the EfficientDynamics version which with the help of tweaked gears and aerodynamics returns 74.3 mpg and tax-free CO2 emissions of 99 g/km. The top-end diesel variant derives a power of 215 BHP, sports acceleration time of 0-62 kmph as 6.5 seconds, emits 129 g/km CO2 and returns 57.6 mpg; it is only available in the M Sport Trim. All the engines come mated to a six-speed manual gearbox; however an option of an eight speed automatic gearbox is available. The trim levels available are the ES, SE, Sport, Urban and M Sport. The features adding weight and spark to the entry-level models include the ABS and ESP, Keyless start and 16-inch alloy wheels. The SE trim level flaunts 6.5 inch display, USB and Bluetooth connectivity, a multi-function steering wheel in addition to the features of ES trim.
Like the name suggests the Sport trim gets sportier bumpers, sport seats, sport steering with red stitching and 17-inch alloy wheels. The Urban trims come bestowed with half-leather upholstery, white inserts on grille and 17- inch alloy wheels as additional features. The range topping M Sport Trim boast 18-inch alloy wheels, sport seats, sportier bumpers, an aero kit and a custom-built suspension set-up. The M135i is blessed with the braking, suspension system and steering of M Sport trim. The company has confirmed that some of the European markets will receive the 3-door BMW 1 series with the all wheel drive system which is known as xDrive in BMW lingo. No specific revelation about the drive versions have been made for the Indian car market yet. The outsides of the car are pretty telling with unique and angular headlights, a prominent belt line, body colored bumper and an overall harmonious and eye-grabbing design. The prices are prices are speculated to range between £17,300 and £29,995. The BMW 1 series (3-door) is a premium compact car that ensures exceptional driving experience and the remarkable features hone its edge as an unmistakable car.