BMW has shown the all-new 1-series hatchback, the third generation of its compact premium hatch that rivals the Audi A3 and Mercedes A-class. After based on a shortened rear-wheel-drive BMW 3-series chassis, the new 1-series is currently front-wheel push — losing a crucial dynamic attribute of its predecessor.
BMW has done this so as to share its new platform with a swathe of Small SUVs, Minis and MPVs that are still to come. Enthusiasts might baulk at the change, but the truth is that it will make little difference to a lot of its previous buyers. However, to the rest of us, the 1-series has always formed an entrance point to the rear-driven universe of BMW performance models, yet rather than move away from ideas of a sporty BMW 1-series, BMW has doubled down by revealing a fresh Golf R-rivalling hot hatch alongside the typical model launching. It’s known as the M135i, and its bundle has been perfectly aligned to the hot hatch market that was 300bhp.
The M135i is powered by BMW’s B48 four-cylinder petrol engine While torque is a 332lb ft between 1750 and 4500rpm single TwinPower — BMW speaks for the twin – scroll — turbocharger and produces a power summit of 302bhp between 5000 and 6500rpm. For reference, a Mercedes-AMG A35 produces precisely the same 302bhp, using a marginally lower 295lb ft torque — a Golf R, meanwhile, comes in at 296bhp and 280lb ft.
Joining the M135i is a second petrol model Includes a 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder unit. It’s also located in the Mini Cooper and produces 138bhp. The current engine range — 118d 116d and 120d is completed by three additional diesel engines. The 116d is also a three-pot, producing a 116bhp. The 118d and 120d both utilize BMW ‘s 2-litre four-cylinder diesel, making 187bhp and 148bhp respectively.
Three transmissions are available with 118i, across the range, 118d and 116d models all coming with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The three-cylinder 118i and 116d are available with a dual-clutch transmission. All versions come with an eight-speed automatic, which can be regular on the 120d and M135i. There is no manual option for the M135i — an unsurprising but still disappointing fact.
The new front-drive platform is standard for its Course, combining a transverse engine and transmission layout. The models that are 120d and M135i pick up drive as standard, but it’s a front-biased system, such as a Haldex, and will send at most only 50 per cent of their electricity rearwards. All models, regardless of their wheels that are powered, pick up a break-actuated’virtual’ limited-slip differential, aside from the M135i, which features a mechanical LSD. In the end, after eight years, BMW has fitted an LSD into a hot BMW 1-series .
Along with this new bundle comes with a new pair of Proportions that BMW’s designers have had to work with, in the process producing a far more mainstream hatchback profile, in contrast to the previous two generations’ extended bonnet and stance. Many of BMW design details have also been included, such as the conjoined kidney grille that draws up LED headlights that were tapered and the bonnet. The body is amazingly generous, and shares a new interpretation of the Hofmeister kink with recent BMW models such as the G20 3-series.
Inside is another shuffle of BMW elements, with a large, Clear pair of infotainment and driver information shows dominating the layout. M Sport and models include the usual’sporty’ elements, including sports chairs, a thicker steering wheel rim and specialized finishes. 1 benefit of these parts sharing is the 1-series picks up plenty of components from far larger and more expensive versions. You may not complain about your hatchback sharing a steering wheel, controller ports and infotainment system with a #107k BMW Convertible. On the other hand, the sentiment might not be the same from the opposite perspective.
The premium compact segment is not an easy one With a lot of competitions from the wings to have the. Its direct rival will be Audi A3, which is due before the Although it will be preceded by the all-new Volkswagen Golf, end of 2019 Posher equal. The Mercedes A-class is Still new from its full overhaul last year. But where the BMW 1-series had been a distinct offering, it might Be in danger of being consumed by its own widespread and talented Rivals. Never has there been a BMW driving experience that is crisp a more crucial Than it is attributed. Due to go on sale later this year, local Pricing and specifications will be published closer to launch.