The new 1 Series executive compact which BMW hopes will rival the new Volkswagen Golf, Audi A3 and soon to be released Mercedes-Benz A-Class will go on sale in September of this year. BMW are confidant the small executive will be as big if not bigger than the current BMW 1 Series which was a huge player in the car leasing market for business and personal customers looking for top BMW leasing deals. The BMW 1 Series has always been the cheapest entry point to owning a BMW, but dont think for a second that the German manufacturer has cut any corners in quality. The new 1 series has more room inside than its predecessor and it will also be cheaper to run to thanks to BMWs new range 1.6 diesel engines that entitle you to free car tax due to emission levels being lower than 100g/km of CO2.
BMW say the styling of the new BMW 1 Series has been strongly influenced by the BMW 5 Series and BMW 6 Series, but when looking directly onto the front of the new 1 Series it almost looks like a scaled down version of the BMW 5 Series with its large kidney grille, similar lights, bumper and bonnet while the rear of the 1 series has the familiar shape of the 1 Series hatch that we have come to know, but with a look of a BMW 5 Series estate. The New BMW 1 series looks a lot lower and wider to the ground than the previous model all this is down to the 1 series flared wheel arches.
Inside the new BMW 1 series Hatchback you notice straight away the improvements to the interior styling, even though the new model has only been extended by 30mm you are made aware of the extra space especially in the rear as you gain an extra 20mm of legroom. The extra space is down to the wheelbase which is now 30mm longer than that of the previous car, which also gives you an extra 30 litres of boot space which now takes the available space up to 360 litres which increases the maximum capacity with the rear seats down to1,200 litres.
Ergonomics of the new BMW 1 Series dashboard is as you would expect considering the amount of thought that would of gone into the layout of controls and buttons. The dash board has been trimmed with a soft touch plastics and a decent amount of leather is on show too including a leather covered steering wheel. Cloth seats are fitted as standard but if you want leather sports seats they are available as an option. Standard specifications on the entry level BMW 1 series SE includes a chrome exhaust, keyless start, pop up 6.5 inch monitor which you operate via BMWs iDrive system. There is also Bluetooth hands free with USB connectivity and a multifunction leather steering wheel.
BMW have learnt lessons from there Mini section and will offer greater levels of personal customization for their new 1 series. Now customers can now choose from either Sport or Urban trim instead of standard trims, as they now have the option to start with a blank slate and go from there. The Sport model interior includes a high gloss black interior trim, sports seats with either gray or red accents and leather sports steering wheel. The outside trim matches the interior features of the Sport model with BMWs kidney grille, central and side air intakes and rear bumper trim which are all finished off in a high gloss black. Also included is a dark stainless steel exhaust pipe and 17 inch alloy wheels which finish of BMWs Sport Pack. The second new trim from BMW is the Urban model trim, this includes part cloth part leather seats, hide sports steering wheel with acrylic glass interior trim which is available in either black or white with Silver accents. Unique 17 inch alloy wheels and chrome kidney grille with a white trim are among a host of design details.
The M Sport package will still be available but BMW wanted to offer a Sport package which is designed to offer the sporty appearance but at a fraction of the cost.
BMW 1 Series buyers will have a good choice of petrol and diesel engines to choose from and all will come with BMWs Start Stop system. BMW will also introduce a new system called ECO PRO, when the system is turned on the cars ECU maximizes the engines efficiency to ensure more mpg. When this system is switched on the engines throttle response is adjusted to encourage more economical driving while the dash board displays some vital driving statistics such as how much fuel has been saved by driving this way.
Currently the most ultra efficient model in the BMW 1 Series lineup is the 116d which has a 2.0 litre engine that produces 114bhp and can achieve 0-62mph in a time of 10.3 seconds but still manages to achieve 66mpg while producing only 114g/km of CO2 emissions. However, next year BMW will release a 116d Efficient Dynamics which will be able to achieve 74mpg and only produce 99g/km of CO2 which makes it the first BMW to come in below the 100g/km of CO2 limit. This will make it a good lease option for Company and Business car drivers as well as private buyers who are looking to cut monthly bills.
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