Saturday, April 6, 2013

BMW 1-Series 3-door, 2013

  •  BMW 1-Series 3-door, 2013

The sporty and elegant design of the new three-door model, along with additional engine choices, are distinguishing features that sharpen the unmistakable profile of the BMW 1-Series as the recognised standard of sheer driving pleasure in the premium compact car segment. Powerful petrol and diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the latest chassis design and rear-wheel drive, which is unique for a vehicle in this class, guarantee a sporty driving experience which is reflected in the dynamic and lean appearance of the new three-door BMW 1-Series. This sportiness is especially evident in the first BMW M Performance automobile for the compact segment: the BMW M135i is a top-ranking vehicle thanks to its straight sixcylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and 235 kW/320 hp, along with its typical M precision-engineered and highperformance chassis, not to mention the optimised aerodynamics of the body style and an exclusive interior design.

A new entry-level model, the BMW 114i equipped with a straight four-cylinder engine delivering 75 kW/102 hp, is also being launched. Two additional models having petrol engines and four diesel versions - including the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with 85 kW/116 hp and a CO2 rating of 99 grams per kilometre - round off the new line of BMW 1-Series three-door models that are being introduced. The BMW M135i and the BMW 114i will also be available as 5-door models. Except for the BMW 114i and the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, all models in the BMW 1-Series can be delivered with a unique eight-speed automatic transmission as an option. Furthermore, the Auto Start/Stop 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. The intelligent xDrive four-wheel drive technology will also be offered for the new BMW 1-Series in the future. The BMW 120d xDrive and the BMW M135i xDrive will be the first 1-Series models to have this four-wheel drive technology.

The dynamic and stretched lines of the three-door BMW 1-Series create a silhouette that is unmistakable in the compact car segment and which also gives this vehicle its own distinctive look, distinguishing it from the 5-door model. Wide doors with frameless windows, with a holistic appearance that even spans across the B pillar, along with an especially low and flat roofline, contribute to the sporty and elegant character of the vehicle. For those customers wanting a more individual and exclusive version of the BMW 1-Series, the new three-door model is offered in the BMW Sport Line and the BMW Urban Line versions with special options and equipment. What's more, an M Sport package is also available for the new BMW 1-Series three-door model.

Like the 5-door version, the new three-door BMW 1-Series offers increased agility and driving comfort compared to the previous model. The interior is also more spacious. For example, the new three-door BMW 1-Series can be configured with a choice of seating for two or three passengers in the rear compartment. The exclusive look and feel of the interior, the wide range of standard features and equipment that even includes air conditioning, along with the many optional driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services available, underscore the premium status and progressive character of the new three-door BMW 1-Series.

Design: sporty elegance as a sign of intense driving pleasure.
The new three-door BMW 1-Series is immediately recognisable as a dynamic and sporty individualist in the premium compact segment. The long bonnet, the aft-set passenger compartment, the long wheelbase and short overhangs are typical design elements that make this vehicle a genuine BMW when viewed from any angle. Yet at the same time, the new BMW 1-Series has its own young and sporty design language, giving the compact three-door model an individual personality of its very own. When viewed from the side, the flowing lines of the body exemplify the vehicle's athletic grace. This sporty and elegant appearance authentically expresses the balance of agility and comfort that is epitomised by this vehicle.

When compared with its predecessor, the new model offers more than good looks and improved performance and handling - there is even more interior space. This has been achieved by intelligently expanding the exterior dimensions and proportions of the new model. The length of the new threedoor BMW 1-Series is 4,324 millimetres (85 millimetres longer than before), with a wheelbase of 2,690 millimetres (30 millimetres longer) and an overall width of 1,765 millimetres (17 millimetres wider) - the height is still 1,421 millimetres. Thus the track width has been extended (front: + 51 millimetres, rear: +72 millimetres), and there is more rear legroom (+21 millimetres) and a luggage compartment with a volume of 360 litres (30 litres more than in the predecessor model).

Like the 5-door model, the front of the new three-door BMW 1-Series is dominated by the large BMW kidney grille, the contoured headlight units and a three-part air intake. The grille leans forward to underscore the dynamic character of the new compact model, and the three-dimensional surfaces surrounding the kidney create vibrant light effects. The upper edge of the dual round headlights is partially covered by accentuating trim, or with LED accent lighting if the vehicle is equipped with optional Bi-Xenon headlights. The front turn indicators are integrated in the inner light rings of the headlights; the side indicators are integrated in the exterior mirrors.

The characteristic attribute of the body styling of the three-door model is seen in the sporty and elegant side profile of the vehicle, which is dominated by the wide doors. The frameless door windows and the rear side windows form a consistent and holistic visual element that extends into the rear end, thus emphasising the dynamic appearance of the vehicle. This impression is further underlined by a visible curved indentation near the Hofmeister kink at the base of the C pillar. This makes the extended roofline appear extremely flat. The protruding contoured edge of the side skirt and the sweeping line along the lower door surface suggest dynamic forward motion combined with a roadhugging stance. The characteristic drive concept of the compact BMW can be seen in the bold styling of the rear wheel arches.

The wide rear quarter panels end flush with the wheels so that the powerful stature of the new three-door BMW 1-Series is distinctly highlighted when viewed from the rear. The tail lights, which are positioned far to each side, are surrounded by a three-dimensional bezel. If the vehicle is equipped with the optional Xenon headlights, the package also includes tail lights that are comprised of L-shaped LED light banks. The third brake light is integrated in the roof spoiler. The contours of both the rear apron and the front bumper are dominated by V-shaped lines that draw the eye down toward the road surface, creating a perspective that emphasises the stable and road-hugging stance of the new three-door BMW 1-Series.

Premium interior ambience and driver-centric cockpit.
The dynamic lines and surface contours of the driver-centric cockpit are typical BMW and create a sense of forward thrust and movement - all interior elements are made of premium materials which add to the upscale flair of the new three-door BMW 1-Series. The design of the spacious interior is sporty and functional, just perfect for sheer driving pleasure. The instrument panel, centre console and door panels reflect the layering concept that dominates the look and feel of the interior. These component sections overlap to create the impression of a holistic and organic structure comprised of matching individual modules.

In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW Professional radio, the new three-door BMW 1-Series is equipped with the BMW iDrive control system. In addition to the controller located on the centre console, the system 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 360-litre luggage compartment can be expanded up to 1,200 litres by folding down the 60: 40 split rear seat backrest. If the optional through-loading system is ordered, the rear backrest can be folded down in a 20: 40 configuration.

Individualisation with the BMW Lines.
A selection of three non-metallic colours and eight metallic paint finishes are offered for the exterior of the new three-door BMW 1-Series. 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 the new three-door BMW 1-Series can select one of the BMW Lines packages, which include exclusive design and equipment features that intensify the sporty or progressive character of the new compact model.
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