BMW reveals three-door variant of second-generation 1 Series

Andross Moonah - CAP staff
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BMW's second-generation 1 Series debuted last June as a five-door hatchback that is currently on sale in European markets. Now BMW has revealed the latest addition to the second-generation 1 Series lineup, a three-door hatchback variant.

Canadians never received the hatchback versions of the first-generation 1 Series so the new three-door is a long shot to make it here, but it does provide a glimpse into what the upcoming second-generation Coupe and Convertible will look like when they are introduced in due course.

The new three-door 1 Series is essentially a shortened version of the five-door, with similar styling. It has stubbier proportions that suggest a more sporting character, at the cost of some practicality due to the absence of rear doors.

The three-door 1 Series was introduced with a wide range of gasoline and diesel engine choices. Diesel-powered 1 Series models include the 116-horsepower 116d, the 143-horsepower 118d, the 184-horsepower 120d and the 218-horsepower 125d. BMW's gasoline-powered offerings include the 102-horsepower 114i, the 136-horsepower 116i, the 170-horsepower 118i, the 218-horsepower 125i and the 320-horsepower M135i, which features twin turbocharging.

All engines come mated to six-speed manual transmissions as standard equipment, with eight-speed automatic or "automatic sports" transmissions available as options. The new 1 Series includes an Auto Start Stop function that temporarily shuts off the engine when the vehicle comes to a stop. The 1 Series comes well equipped with active safety features including dynamic stability control, dynamic traction control, an active differential brake (ADB-Sport), anti-lock brakes, cornering brake control and dynamic brake control. BMW also offers xDrive all-wheel drive on both the 120d and M135i versions of the 1 Series.

A host of interior amenities are available in the new 1 Series, including BMW's real-time traffic information, mobile device integration, Internet connectivity, and Bluetooth connectivity with audio streaming. Driver aids include adaptive headlights with turning lights, park distance control, a rearview camera, and a lane departure warning system. Not forgetting occupant safety, the new 1 Series features standard driver and front-seat passenger airbags, driver and front-seat passenger side airbags and front and rear head airbags.

Aside from the various different powertrains and available interior equipment, perhaps the most significant revelation BMW made in regards to the new three-door 1 Series is the introduction of the M135i. With its 320 horsepower and 331 pound-feet of torque, BMW says the M135i will accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds and has a maximum speed of 250 km/h. The M135i also sports M-specific suspension components and aerodynamically optimized body features, as well as 18-inch wheels with four-piston brake calipers up front and two-piston brake calipers at the rear.

Although it's uncertain whether BMW will introduce either of its five-door or new three-door second-generation 1 Series variants in Canada, it is expected that we will get the new two-door coupe and convertible versions. Both the current 1 Series coupe and convertible are already sold in Canada and their forthcoming successors will likely be even more appealing.
©(Copyright Canadian Auto Press)

Topics: Hatchback, BMW, 2013, 1-Series,

Organizations: BMW

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