The BMW 1 Series has been officially revealed and it is expected to reach our market in October 2019.
While local motoring media is overseas to sample the third-gen 1 Series, we have gotten hold of the local pricing.
Besides design cues and what not, the biggest change in the new 1 Series is the shift from rear-wheel-drive to front-wheel-drive which has reportedly improved interior space.
On the outside, the new 1 Series gets a bigger kidney grille with the two kidneys merging in the middle for the first time and flanked by angled headlights (adaptive LED headlights optional).
The rear gets two-section taillights. It will be offered with a host of new alloy wheel designs with sizes ranging from 16-inches to 19-inches.
The cabin gets an electric panoramic sunroof for the first time on the 1 Series. There is a pair of digital screens of up to 10.25-inches in size featuring BMW Operating System 7.0. A full-colour, 9.2-inch Head-Up Display will also be optionally available.
A total of 4 equipment lines will be available including the base Advantage, Luxury Line, Sport Line and M Sport.
From launch, BMW will offer the 118i and M135i xDrive models. The 118i features a three-cylinder 1.5-litre turbocharged petrol engine that makes 103 kW of power and 220 Nm of torque. A six-speed manual or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission will drive the front wheels.
The M135i xDrive lurks a 2.0-litre turbo petrol engine that gushes out 225 kW and 450 Nm of torque. All that amount of power is accessed via an eight-speed sport transmission and equipped with all-wheel drive.
Speaking of performance, the M135i xDrive will hurdle from standstill to 100 km/h in 4.8 seconds en route to a top speed of 250 km/h. The junior 118i will sprint from 0-100 km/h in 8.5 seconds before hitting top speed at 213 km/h.
BMW 118i – R480 897.50
BMW M135i – R705 451.50