The new BMW 1-Series will soon be introduced in the market in the right-hand drive form. The second generation version will start selling in the UK this September. Customers can choose from three diesel and two petrol engines. The BMW 116i ES has a starting price of £19,375 OTR. Meanwhile, a BMW 120d Urban or a BMW 120d Sport is priced at £24,720 OTR.
What are offered as standard is a satin silver interior trim and Move cloth seats. Options include further interior trims and accent panels as well as Dakota leather seats and sports seats. From launch, there are three standard and five metallic exterior paint colors to choose from.
Also offered as standard on the new BMW 1-Series are a leather steering wheel, chrome exhaust, keyless start, Auto Start-Stop, six-speed manual transmission, 16-inch light alloy wheels, four airbags, DSC+, Drive Performance Control with ECO PRO, BMW Business radio with single CD player, air-conditioning, 60:40 folding rear seats, child seat ISOFIX attachments, and Move cloth upholstery. The entry-level SE trim features a high-resolution 6.5 inch flatscreen monitor and iDrive controller, Bluetooth hands-free facility with USB audio interface and a multi-function leather steering wheel with speed limiting function.
The Sport trim comes with 17-inch star-spoke light-alloy wheels, Dark Chrome exhaust pipe and high-gloss black kidney grille, central air intake trim, side intake surrounds and rear bumper trim. It also features exclusive sport design sports seats, leather sports steering wheel, high-gloss black interior trim with Coral Red or grey accents.
The Urban trim includes a set of 17-inch V-spoke light alloy wheels, chrome kidney grille with white slat sides and trim bar for the central air intake, amongst a host of stylish design details. Its interior features Metro cloth/leather seats, leather sports steering wheel and an acrylic glass interior trim in black or white with Oxide Silver accents.
The 2012 BMW 1-Series has a unique drive train layout where the engine’s crankshaft aligned along the long axis goes from front to back. This is not seen in any other compact car. The layout gives the BMW 1-Series better handling as hinted by the car’s proportions: wide wheelbase, a passenger cell that sets further back, and a long bonnet. The car looks very responsive and elegant, with touches of youthful design and great features only adding to the excitement.
The front portion has the big BMW signature radiator grille that features uniquely shaped headlight units and an air intake with three sections. Tilted forward, the grille underscores the aggressive stance of this compact car. The surrounding surface also reflects light and gives the car a more three-dimensional feel with the four contour lines you see on the bonnet that form a V toward the grille. You can also find the familiar BMW double-round headlamps that feature accent trims across the top. BMW offers bi-xenon headlights as an option, giving the car a more focused look that is further highlighted by the direction indicators you find in the headlights inner light rings as well as the LED accent light. The side indicator lights are embedded into the exterior mirrors, marking yet another fun innovation for the German carmaker.
The proportions of the 2012 BMW 1-series are even more observable when you view the car from the side. You will better appreciate the sloping roof line, the flat side windows and the angular rear windshield that all give the car the semblance of a coupe. The C-pillar is accentuated by the Hofmeister kink, that slight forward bend that you see on the side windows’ back end. This makes the door aperture wider for easy access to the rear seats.
You would also appreciate the curved surface and the signature BMW lines. The front sidewall has the typical BMW swage lines and that goes through the door handles and then flows to the rear lights, directing a lot of attention to the shoulder area. You can also find characteristic lines beneath the doors that flow upward and go to the rear wheel arch outline. The sill line also provides the same dramatic touch as it runs to the rear wheel arch, mimicking the outlines of the side windows. Even the bigger size of the rear wheel arches is eye-catching, hinting at the rear wheel drive layout that gives the car its powerful feel.
The wheel arches are set widely apart to highlight the broad and powerful back of the new car. You also have the slightly curved tailgate that is opened by pressing down the top section of the BMW emblem that you find at its center. The rear lights are also set farther apart.
You can opt for xenon headlights, while the rear lights are LEDs. There are also added brake lights on the roof spoiler. The rear apron follows the designs of the front bumper, and you have the V-shaped emblem directing your eyes to the road surface, hinting at the car’s outstanding roadholding ability.
What’s inside: Premium finish, more dynamic lines!
When you open the car doors, you will instantly fall in love with the mix of familiar BMW design features and innovative designs that help give the new car a fresh, elegant and youthful air. The interior design focuses on both driving pleasure and spaciousness. The surfaces and the lines you see here lean forward and are dynamic, and only high-quality materials are used. There are angled controls and displays for the instrument panel, and the ergonomics of the center console gives the drive maximum visibility and makes it more convenient for the driver. Another design innovation is the layered interior surfaces that give the car that sleek look.
You can opt to have the navigational system fitted in, or even the BMW Professional radio. If you do, you can also opt to have the BMW iDrive. The system features a controller, favourites buttons and a flatscreen monitor. The monitor is embedded into the instrument panel and helps you control all the entertainment, navigation, telecommunications, and information features of the car.
Space is not a problem with the 2012 BMW 1-Series, where you have more storage space, spacious glove compartment, big door pockets, cupholders, and even a compartment beneath the armrest. The lower door panel sections can hold 1-liter bottles.
You can also opt for the storage package that includes huge compartments for the rear doors and nets for the seatbacks. The luggage compartment can expand to hold 1,200 liters of stuff if you lower the folding rear seats. You also have the optional through-loading system that has a 40/20/40 configuration for the split-folding rear seats.