BMW Australia has announced the local launch of the new F20 1 Series will take place on 22 October. To begin with dealerships will have three models on their floors: 116i, 118i and 118d.
The 116i and 118i will be powered by a 1.6 litre four cylinder petrol engine fitted with a twin-scroll turbocharger. The 118d is helped along by a 2.0 litre four cylinder diesel featuring common-rail direct injection.
BMW’s marketers have come up with TwinPower Turbo to label the 1 Series engine range. Terms such as “new generation”, “sporty personality” and “exceptionally low fuel consumption” follow close behind.
Entry level pricing is marginally less than the outgoing 1er and BMW boasts improvements in efficiency and equipment across the range. One example is the optional 8-speed auto transmission, which joins the standard 6-speed manual box. BMW say the 8-speed slushbox is a first for its class.
Other standard equipment includes Bluetooth, cruise control with brake function, dual zone climate control, auto stop/start, a 6.5 inch colour display, 17″ alloy wheels and more.
BMW Australia’s introductory press release is available below. For more coverage of the new 1 Series click here.
BMW 1 Series â€“ Australian pricing*
- 116i â€“ $36,900 (1.6l 4 cyl petrol, 100kW/220Nm, 5.7l/100km, 0â€“100km/h 8.5s)
- 118i â€“ $42,800 (1.6l 4 cyl petrol, 125kW/250Nm, 5.9l/100km, 0â€“100km/h 7.4s)
- 118d â€“ $43,500 (2.0l 4 cyl diesel, 105kW/320Nm, 4.5l/100km, 0â€“100km/h 8.9s)
New BMW 1 Series Offers More for Less
The all new BMW 1 Series is set to shake-up the luxury compact market when it hits Australian shores this month, priced below the outgoing model yet boasting new features and a significant increase in standard specification.
Pricing for the new, second-generation 1 Series will start from $36,900* for the 116i model, offering Australian customers a more than 5 percent reduction in the entry price-point to the BMW badge.
The 116i, featuring an entirely new 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine, boasts the same power output of the previous entry model, the 118i, despite using 24 per cent less fuel (5.7 litres/100km) than the comparable outgoing model.
The second petrol variant in the range, the new 118i, which also features a 1.6 litre four-cylinder turbo charged petrol engine, is priced from $42,800*.
Completing the all new 1 Series lineup is the four-cylinder diesel 118d, priced from $43,500*. Wide-ranging design modifications have enabled the punchy four-cylinder two-litre turbo-diesel engine in the new BMW 118d to build on its competitive advantage in the areas of output and fuel efficiency.
These enhancements represent the latest stage in the success story of the BMW four-cylinder diesel engine, which earned the predecessor of the new BMW 118d the title of 2008 World Green Car of the Year.
The highly-specified BMW 1 Series is also packed with standard features, delivering exceptional customer value.
Highlights across the range include a 6.5-inch free-standing flatscreen colour display, handsfree Bluetooth functionality including USB interface, MP3 compatible CD player, cruise control with brake function, auto Start/Stop function, Driving Experience Control with ECO PRO mode, keyless engine start, 6-speaker stereo system, iDrive controller and favourite buttons.
Over and above the 116i, the BMW 118i and 118d gain extra standard features including rear park distance control, storage package, two zone climate control air conditioning, anti-dazzle interior mirrior, fog lights, rain sensor and stylish 17â€ alloy wheels.
The new BMW 1 Series is also the only car in its segment to offer an optional eight-speed automatic transmission with the Automatic Start/Stop function. The engine is automatically shutdown during stops and restarted when the brake is released.
For the first time the BMW 1 Series will also be optionally available with Parking Assistant, Rear-View Camera and Lane Departure warning, which until now have only been available in upper-range BMW vehicles.
The all new BMW 1 Series will be avaliable in Australian showrooms from 22 October 2011.
*Manufacturerâ€™s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST and Luxury Car Tax (LCT) but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries.
BMW TwinPower Turbo to charge the new 1 Series.
The premium compact BMW 1 Series is already synonymous with driving pleasure. Now, the second generation model offers state-of-the-art engine and suspension technology, further improvements in fuel efficiency, significantly more space and an innovative range of features and equipment.
Still the only rear-wheel-drive car in its class, the new 1 Series builds on the strengths of its predecessor, which has already sold more than one million units worldwide. With its handling and design, innovative technology and premium image, the new BMW 1 Series has consolidated its strong position in the competitive five-door segment.
All engines in the new BMW 1 Series are four-cylinder models using BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The petrol engines are part of a new generation, combining a sporty personality with exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions. Output is 10 kW or 20 kW higher than with the predecessor models, yet fuel consumption has been reduced by up to 10 per cent.
The new 118d diesel model also further extends the advantage that the BMW 1 Series enjoys over its competitors in the compact segment.
The 1.6-litre petrol engines making their debut in the BMW 116i and BMW 118i models use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS. The forced-induction system uses the twin-scroll principle, with separate ducts both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger itself, each serving one pair of two cylinders.
Output is also boosted by VALVETRONIC variable valve control, which is fully integrated into the cylinder head, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust sides. The new petrol engines are also unusually fuel-efficient, thanks mainly to High Precision Injection.
The four-cylinder engine of the new BMW 118i, which has an all-aluminium crankcase, has a maximum output of 125 kW at 4,800 rpm, and a maximum torque of 250 Nm between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. This engine exceptionally responsive, accelerating the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 225 km/h. Improved efficiency is reflected in combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 137 grams per kilometre.
The new BMW 116iâ€™s four-cylinder engine provides significantly improved driving dynamics compared to the predecessor model. It has an output of 100 kW at 4,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 220 Nm between 1,350 and 4,300 rpm. The car sprints in 8.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start, and has a maximum speed of 210 km/h. The new BMW 116iâ€™s fuel consumption over the combined cycle is 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 132 grams per kilometre.
Topping the engine line up in the all new BMW 1 Series is the 118d boasting an improved 2.0-litre diesel engine with TwinPower Turbo technology. The new 118d is now even more responsive and economical; thanks to innovations such as reduced engine friction, thermodynamically optimised turbochargers with variable turbine geometry, and next-generation common-rail direct injection with magnetic-valve injectors.
The four-cylinder diesel engine of the new BMW 118d has a maximum output of 105 kW at 4,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 212 km/h. Its combined-cycle fuel consumption is 4 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 118 grams per kilometre.
A comprehensive array of consumption and emission-reducing technologies means that all variants of the new BMW 1 Series will continue to embody the concept of fuel-efficiency like no other premium car. BMW EfficientDynamics technologies fitted as standard include Brake Energy Regeneration and electromechanical servo-assisted steering plus, depending on the model, an Optimum Shift Indicator, a self-disconnecting air-conditioning compressor and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. The Automatic Start/Stop function comes as standard with both manual and automatic transmissions. Using the driving experience switch, drivers can activate ECO PRO mode, which is designed to facilitate a particularly economical driving style.
As an alternative to the standard six-speed manual transmission, the new BMW 1 Series is also available with an optional eight-speed automatic transmission â€“ the only car in the compact segment to offer this. Its principle benefits are faster, smother gear changes, and superior fuel-efficiency.
The new 116i, 118i and 118d are all available from launch in Australia.