A sexy lit­tle num­ber

BMW has launched the 3-door ver­sion of its lat­est 1 Se­ries range

Business Day - Motor News - - MOTOR NEWS - MO­TOR NEWS RE­PORTER

THE re­cent re­gen­er­a­tion of the BMW 1 Se­ries hatch did much to im­prove not just the looks of the ve­hi­cle but also its prac­ti­cal­ity. Now the com­pany has launched the model with three doors and while some will say it re­duces the prac­ti­cal­ity, it def­i­nitely im­proves the looks and the sporti­ness.

This sporti­ness is es­pe­cially ev­i­dent in the first BMW M Per­for­mance ve­hi­cle for the com­pact seg­ment, the BMW M135i.

It fea­tures a straight six-cylin­der petrol engine with M Per­for­mance Twin­Power turbo tech­nol­ogy and 235kW, along with its typ­i­cal M pre­ci­sion-en­gi­neered and high­per­for­mance chas­sis, as well as op­ti­mised aero­dy­nam­ics and an ex­clu­sive in­te­rior de­sign.

All mod­els in the range can be de­liv­ered with an eight-speed au­to­matic trans­mis­sion as an op­tion. Fur­ther­more, the auto stop/start func­tion is avail­able for both man­ual and au­to­matic trans­mis­sions. The BMW Ef­fi­cien­tDy­nam­ics tech­nol­ogy pack­age also in­cludes the Eco Pro mode, which can be ac­ti­vated via the Driv­ing Ex­pe­ri­ence Con­trol but­ton that is stan­dard on all mod­els.

For those cus­tomers want­ing a more in­di­vid­ual ver­sion, new three­door model is of­fered in Sport Line and Ur­ban Line ver­sions with spe­cial op­tions and equip­ment, and an M Sport pack­age is also avail­able.

Like the 5-door ver­sion, the in­te­rior is also said to be more spa­cious. It can be con­fig­ured with a choice of seat­ing for two or three pas­sen­gers in the rear com­part­ment. The in­crease in in­te­rior space has been achieved by ex­pand­ing the ex­te­rior di­men­sions and pro­por­tions of the new model. It is 85mm longer with 30mm added to the wheel­base. The width gains an ex­tra 17mm, while the height re­mains 1,421mm. The track width has been ex­tended (front: +51mm, rear: +72mm), and there is more rear legroom (+21mm) and a lug­gage com­part­ment with a vol­ume of 360l (30l more than in the pre­vi­ous model).

In con­junc­tion with an op­tional nav­i­ga­tion sys­tem and the BMW Pro­fes­sional ra­dio, the new model is equipped with the iDrive con­trol sys­tem, which in ad­di­tion to the con­troller lo­cated on the cen­tre con­sole, fea­tures a free­stand­ing flat-screen mon­i­tor. De­pend­ing on the model se­lected, a con­trol dis­play mea­sur­ing 6.5 inches or 8.8 inches is in­te­grated in the in­stru­ment panel.

The front seats are equipped with the stan­dard Easy En­try func­tion, giv­ing pas­sen­gers con­ve­nient ac­cess to the rear com­part­ment. With large door pock­ets, a spa­cious glove com­part­ment and two cup hold­ers on the cen­tre con­sole, there is am­ple space for stow­ing travel items. An op­tional stor­age pack­age is avail­able that in­cludes com­part­ments in the rear side pan­els as well as net pock­ets on the backs of the front seats. The 360l lug­gage com­part­ment can be ex­panded up to 1,200l by fold­ing down the 60:40 split rear seat back­rest and an op­tional through-load­ing sys­tem is also avail­able.

A se­lec­tion of three non-metal­lic colours and eight metal­lic paint fin­ishes are of­fered for the ex­te­rior. One non-metal­lic and five metal­lic colours are avail­able for the M135i model. The stan­dard in­te­rior fea­tures Satin Sil­ver trim and up­hol­stery in Move cloth de­sign. Op­tional in­te­rior trims and seats up­hol­stered in Dakota leather (of­fered in two dif­fer­ent colours) are also avail­able. All up­hol­stery vari­ants are also of­fered for the op­tional sport seats. Buy­ers want­ing to per­son­alise their car can se­lect one of the BMW Lines pack­ages, which in­clude ex­clu­sive de­sign and equip­ment fea­tures.

The Sport Line is dis­tin­guished by ex­te­rior el­e­ments fin­ished in high­gloss black: the kid­ney grille slats, the strut and the bezels for the in­let vents, as well as the trim on the rear bumper. Other equip­ment in­cludes 16-inch light al­loy star-spoke wheels, black trim for the ex­haust pipe and door sill fin­ish­ers with alu­minium in­serts and “BMW Sport” let­ter­ing.

Other ad­di­tional op­tions are mir­ror caps in high-gloss black and 17inch light al­loy bi-colour wheels. Among the ex­clu­sive in­te­rior de­sign fea­tures are sport seats with se­lected up­hol­stery, a sport leather steer­ing wheel with con­trast­ing red stitch­ing, a slid­ing arm­rest, high-gloss black in­te­rior trim and ac­cent trim in matt Red Co­ral. The car key is ac­cented in red. The tone of the am­bi­ent in­te­rior lighting can be switched be­tween orange and white, and there is ad­di­tional lighting for the cen­tre con­sole and footwells.

The Ur­ban Line pack­age is easy to recog­nise with chrome kid­ney grille slats hav­ing white sides, as well as a white strut across the front cen­tre air in­take. Ad­di­tional in­di­vid­u­al­ism is achieved with the white trim strip on the rear bumper, 16inch light al­loy V-spoke wheels or op­tional 17-inch wheels with a white, gloss-lathed fin­ish.

Ini­tially the 116i, 125i and M135i will be avail­able, with a 125kW 118i added next month.

The lat­est gen­er­a­tion is a much bet­ter look­ing op­tion than the pre­vi­ous model. The in­te­rior has been updated with some in­ter­est­ing new pack­age op­tions.

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