New BMW 1 Series
New BMW 1 Series

The second BMW 1 Series offers improvements and enhancements across the board, with state-of-the-art engine and suspension technology, reduced fuel consumption, increased space and a range of new features and equipment.

The new BMW 1 Series is the first model which features the new BMW Lines, which provides a range of personalisation possibilities including equipment options, interior colour schemes and materials and exterior equipment.

Revisions have been made to provide a better balance between sportiness and driving comfort and driver assistance systems normally associated with high segment cars.

At 4,324mm, the body of the new BMW 1 Series is 85mm longer than the model it replaces, with a 30mm wider wheelbase, taking it to 2,690mm. Overall width is now 1,765mm, and increase of 177mm. This relates to rear passengers benefiting from 21mm extra legroom and 30 litres more luggage space at 360 litres.

Standard-fit BMW EfficientDynamics technologies include Brake Energy Regeneration and electromechanical servo-assisted steering plus, depending on the model, an Optimum Shift Indicator, a self-disconnecting air-conditioning compressor and tyres with reduced rolling resistance. Automatic Start/Stop features in both manual and automatic transmissions. The driving experience switch allows for an ECO PRO mode designed to allow for a more economical driving style.

An optional eight speed automatic transmission is available as an option, with the BMW 1 Series being the only car in the segment to offer this.

With the optional navigation system and BMW Professional Radio, the new BMW 1 Series also comes with BMW iDrive system, comprising a controller on the centre console, favourite buttons and a freestanding flatscreen monitor.

Alongside the standard-fit DSC (Dynamic Stability Control), ABS (anti-lock braking system), DTC (Dynamic Traction Control), CBC (Cornering Brake Control) and DBC (Dynamic Braking Control) are braking assistance, fading compensation, brake drying, hill assist, and, an electronic rear axle differential locking system - when in DSC Off mode.

Remote-controlled central locking, electric exterior mirrors, electric front and rear windows, BMW Business Radio/CD player (with 6 speakers and AUX IN connection), and air conditioning are all standard features.

Available options for the BMW ConnectedDrive programme include Adaptive Headlights (in conjunction with the xenon headlights option), a rain sensor with automatic driving lights, high-beam assistance, Park Distance Control, rear view camera, Park Assistant, cruise control with braking function, Lane Departure Warning with Collision Warning, and Speed Limit Info, which, for the first time, also registers signs which prohibit overtaking.

Published : 22/07/11 Author : Staff

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