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Inside, a combination of typical BMW design
features and innovative accents gives the new BMW 1 Series a fresh, youthful and
modern feel, with a focus on spaciousness and driving pleasure. Lines and
surfaces are dynamic and forward-leaning, with high-quality, precision-finished
materials reflecting the model's premium specifications. BMW's characteristic
driver-friendliness is apparent in the angled displays and controls in the
middle of the instrument panel, and the ergonomic contours of the center
console, designed for maximum visibility. The interior surfaces are layered,
another innovation which gives the new BMW 1 Series an organic look and feel.
In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW Professional
radio, the new BMW 1 Series uses the BMW iDrive system. This comprises a
controller on the center console, favourites buttons and a freestanding
flatscreen monitor. The 6.5 or 8.8-inch high-resolution control display, which
is integrated into the instrument panel, is used for all information,
entertainment, telecommunications and navigation functions.
The new BMW 1
Series also offers much more storage space, with large door pockets, two
cupholders on the center console, a roomy glove compartment, and a compartment
under the armrest. Bottles of up to 1 liter can be fitted into the lower door
The optional storage package includes large compartments
in the rear doors and nets on the front seatbacks. The 360-liter luggage
compartment expands to a maximum of 1,200 liters by lowering the 60/40
split-folding rear seats, giving a flat surface extending all the way to the
front seats. The optional through-loading system has 40/20/40 split-folding rear
BMW 1 Series Sport Line
The exclusive new BMW Sport
Line and BMW Urban Line of interior and exterior equipment help to show off the
high-tech, dynamic facets of the new BMW 1 Series to best advantage.
BMW Sport Line includes sports seats with specific coverings, leather sports
steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a red keyclasp, adjustable
armrests, high-gloss black interior trim and matt coral accent strips. The
instruments have specific number and scaling designs. The ambient lighting can
be switched between orange and white the inclusion of this feature in the center
console and footwell is exclusive to the BMW Sport Line.
of the BMW Sport Line include 16-inch star-spoke light-alloy wheels, black
exhaust pipe end trim, and door sill finishers with "BMW Sport" lettering. The
kidney bars, the central air intake trim bar, the side intake surrounds and the
rear bumper trim are all high-gloss black. Additional options include high-gloss
black mirror caps and 17-inch two-tone light-alloy wheels.
Apart from the
new BMW Lines, the 2012 BMW 1 Series itself offers additional design and
material options. The standard equipment includes satin silver interior trim and
Move fabric seats, and among the optional alternatives are additional interior
trims and accent panels and Dakota leather seats in a choice of two colors. All
upholstery versions are also available for the optional sports seats, and there
are currently three standard and five metallic exterior paint colors.
New Generation of Petrol Engines: Dynamic Power Delivery and Excellent Fuel
The 2012 BMW 1 Series is currently available with a choice
of two latest-generation four-cylinder petrol engines and three radically
redesigned four-cylinder diesel units.
The 1.6-liter petrol engines
making their debut in the 2012 BMW 116i and 2012 BMW 118i models use BMW
TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High
Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-VANOS
variable camshaft control.
This is the first time that four-cylinder
engines have been fitted with BMW
TwinPower Turbo, which represents an exceptionally fuel-efficient way of
boosting output. In normally aspirated engines, responsiveness could only be
enhanced to the same degree by significantly increasing capacity, and therefore
weight and fuel consumption.
The four-cylinder engine of the 2012 BMW
118i, which has an all-aluminum crankcase, has a maximum output of 170 hp at
4,800 rpm, and a maximum torque of 184 lb-ft (250 Nm) at between 1,500 and 4,500
rpm. It is exceptionally responsive, accelerating the car from 0 to 60 mph in
7.1 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 140 mph (225 km/h). Improved efficiency
is reflected in combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.6 to 5.9 liters per 100
kilometers and CO2 emissions of 134 to 137 grams per kilometer (EU test figures,
variations due to differences in the tires fitted).
2012 BMW 1 Series
Features Optional Eight-Speed Automatic Transmission
six-speed manual petrol and diesel versions of the new BMW 1 Series offer
efficient power transmission and precise gear changes.
The BMW 1 Series is also the only
compact car also available with the option of an eight-speed automatic
transmission, offering fast, smooth gear changes and excellent fuel efficiency.
The innovative architecture of its wheel set allows more gears and a better
spread of ratios, with barely any increase in weight over the existing six-speed
automatic gearbox for the BMW 1 Series.
The unusually high efficiency of
the eight-speed automatic transmission means that fitting it to the most
powerful new BMW 1 Series models actually results in lower fuel consumption and
CO2 figures than with a manual transmission.
The Steptronic function used
in the automatic transmission allows gear changes to be initiated manually using
the electronic selector lever. A further option is the eight-speed sports
automatic transmission, which enables even more dynamic gear changes, and
includes shift paddles on the steering wheel.
The new BMW 1 Series boasts best-in-class suspension technology, with a
double-joint cross-strut front axle with McPherson struts and sway bars, and a
five-link rear axle. The high aluminum content of the front axle structure
effectively reduces the unsprung mass, while noise levels have also been reduced
and crash performance improved.
Both the front and rear axles have double
elastic bearings and extra-large bearing blocks for increased comfort and
responsiveness. The new BMW 1 Series has a wider track than its predecessor (51
millimeters wider at the front, 72 millimeters wider at the rear), and the
almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution helps to translate the dynamic
advantages of the rear-wheel drive layout into an exciting and agile ride.
As an alternative to the standard 16-inch wheels, the 2012 BMW 1 Series is
also available with 16, 17 and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. Its responsiveness
and powerful braking in emergency situations are partly due to DSC Dynamic
Stability Control, and the car also has ABS anti-lock braking, DTC Dynamic
Traction Control, CBC Cornering Brake Control and DBC Dynamic Braking Control.
Other features now include braking assistance, fading compensation, brake drying
and hill assist.
DTC mode increases the intervention thresholds of DSC,
making it easier to drive on loose sand or deep snow. By allowing slight
slippage of the drive wheels, it also facilitates controllable oversteer. DSC
Off mode activates the electronic rear axle differential locking system. If
either of the drive wheels suffers wheelspin while accelerating through tight
bends, brake force is applied to this individually, so that the opposite wheel
High-Quality Standard Features
BMW 1 Series offers all the excitement of premium-quality, pioneering technology
and exceptional driving pleasure within a compact car, with many superior
features as standard and a wide range of attractive options. The driving
experience switch, a standard feature located on the central console, tailors
the car's settings to the driver's personal tastes, including engine
characteristics, DSC driving stability control, optional Servotronic settings
and automatic gear change program and dynamics.
COMFORT, SPORT and ECO
PRO modes are included as standard. The eight-speed sports automatic, Variable
Sport Steering and BMW Sport Line versions also have SPORT+ mode. Cars fitted
with the Professional navigation system have a sport display on the control
monitor showing real-time engine performance and torque.
equipment of the 2012 BMW 1 Series also includes remote-controlled central
locking, height-adjustable driver's and front-seat passenger's seats, electric
wing mirrors, electric front and rear windows, BMW Business radio and CD, six
speakers and an AUX IN connection, and air conditioning. Options include
two-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated seats,
multifunction steering wheel, automatically dimming rear-view and wing mirrors,
foglamps, electric sunroof, and towbar with removable ball.
The engine of
the 2012 BMW 1 Series can be activated by touching the Start/Stop button as soon
as the keyless remote is inside the car, making traditional ignition key
insertion redundant. The optional Comfort Access system automatically locks and
unlocks the car.
The Professional navigation system includes a hard disk.
Individual entertainment features include a DVD changer, DAB receiver, and
360-watt, digitally amplified 12-speaker Harman Kardon hi-fi system.
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