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BMW 1-Series gets a new look, engines for 2015

BMW 1-Series gets a new look, engines for 2015 image

Text: Marcus De Guzman / Photos: BMW Press | posted January 19, 2015 12:46

Automatic air conditioning, rain sensor and a 6.5-inch display now come as standard for all models

After announcing new engines for the 2- 3- and 4-Series lineup, BMW AG recently revealed the updated 1-Series with a revised exterior, additional standard equipment and a revamped engine lineup.

The front end now features a newly-designed kidney grill, larger air intakes and updated headlights that use dual configuration and comes standard with LED DRLs. An optional LED lighting package can now be opted for the updated 1-Series. The side profile has flared wheel arches along with a distinct character line while the rear section uses L-shaped LED taillights; a new feature in line with BMW's current design language.

The interior of the BMW 1-Series

Aboard 1-Series, BMW provided additional standard equipment which include automatic air conditioning, rain sensing wipers and a 6.5-inch display that comes with BMW Radio Professional and the iDrive operating system. Some optional extras available for the BMW 1-Series are the radar-based Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go Function, the next-generation Parking Assistant and the camera-based Driving Assistant.

The engine lineup of the BMW 1-Series has been heavily revamped and all of the engines will be available on either the 3-door model or 5-door model. On the gasoline side, the 116i gets a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine that outputs 109 PS and 180 Nm while the 118i is fitted with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder engine that is rated at 136 PS and 220 Nm. The 120i also gets a new 1.6-liter four-cylinder that produces 177 PS with 250 Nm of torque while the 125i now gets a new 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that cranks out 218 PS and 310 Nm of torque.

The rear and side of the updated BMW 1-Series

Over to diesel, the 116d and 116d Efficient Dynamics Edition are both fitted with 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines that has 116 PS and 270 Nm while the 118d and 118d xDrive have the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that has 150 PS and 320 Nm. The 120d and 120d xDrive also carry the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine but they produce 190 PS and 400 Nm while the 125d outputs 224 PS and 450 Nm of torque.

The range topping BMW 135i and 135i xDrive still use the 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine but now produces 326 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The RWD manual version can go from 0 – 100 km/h in 5.1 seconds while the 8-speed Steptronic model can do it in just 4.9 seconds. The xDrive on the other hand can do it even quicker in just 4.7 seconds.

All models are fitted with the standard 6-speed manual gearbox as the 8-speed Steptronic automatic gearbox is only available as an option. Models fitted with the Steptronic gearbox as standard include the 125d, 120d xDrive and the 135i xDrive.