A sexy little number
BMW has launched the 3-door version of its latest 1 Series range
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.