|After a number of years in the market, the BMW 1 Series variant in the country has taken up an all-new facade. BMW Malaysia has decided to spruce things up by including M Performance parts and accessories for the new 1 Series high range.|
There are three versions to the new 1 Series: the 116i which is locally assembled, 118i Sport (and Urban) and 125i Sport (also in M Sport).
Compared to the previous generation, the new 1 Series doesn’t differ much in terms of looks. The front fascia layout consists of the standard black mesh kidney grille, three part air inlets. customary headlights, front indicators, the signature BMW light rings and rounded foglights (reduced more or less from the 125i to the 116i). At the side, the indicators now integrated into the exterior side mirrors and stout shoulder line give an impression of a premium finish. From the rear, the rearlights are spaced further apart to give the car a wider and sportier appeal. Tyre and wheel sizes are from 17-inch to 18-inch for the 125i Sport line, and even up to 19-inch as an option. M Performance parts and accessories are purchased separately or in recommended packages.
The car’s dimensions has grown somewhat at 4.32m longer and 1.77m wider. The new BMW 1 Series as the only rear-wheel drive vehicle in the premium compact car segment incorporates a bunch of interior refinements such as Satin silver matt interior trims, leather steering wheel and Move upholstery and Oxide Silver matt highlights and Black upholstery for the regular 116i and 118i respectively. The upgraded 118i and 125i takes on a Coral Red Matt finish, a sports leather steering wheel with multi-functional buttons and Anthracite with red highlight upholstery. Meanwhile, the M Sport version gets the M Sport leather steering wheel that sits on the dashboard layered with the exclusive M Estoril Blue matt and aluminium hexagon interior trims with Alcantara Antharacite upholstery.
The entry 1 Series 116i is paired with a 1.6 Bi-Turbo and 8-speed automatic transmission for a horsepower figure of 136 hp at 4,400 rpm and about 220 Nm of torque at 1,350 rpm – 4,400 rpm. The BMW 116i is able to sprint from 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds with a top speed of 210km/h and with a fuel savings of 5.8 liters per 100km and CO2 emissions of only 134 grams per km. The 118i, also on a 1.6l engine and 8-speed transmission powertrain, does 170hp at 4,800 rpm, with a peak torque of 250Nm at 1,500 rpm till 4,500 rpm. It completes 0 – 100 km/h in about 7.2 seconds with a top speed of 222km/h. The mid-range 1 Series records fuel savings at 5.8l per 100km with CO2 emissions of 134 grams per km.
For the BMW 125i Sport and M Sport, the 2.0l power plant produces a maximum horsepower of 218 hp at 5,000 rpm and gets up to a peak torque of 310Nm between 1,350 rpm – 4,800 rpm. The car does 0 – 100km/h in 6.2 secs and a top speed of 243 km/h.
Body colors available for the BMW 116i and 118i Sport include Alpine White, Mineral Grey, Black Sapphire, Glacier Silver and Crimson Red. For the 118i Urban, additional colors are Midnight Blue and Sparkling Bronze. The 125i Sport and M Sport colors include Alpine White, Mineral Grey, Glacier Silver, Crimson Red, and Estoril Blue, only for the M Sport.
Reaching BMW dealership 19 and 21 September, the new BMW 1 Series have these pre-finalized prices: BMW 116i at RM 170,800.00, 118i Sport at RM 190,800.00, 118i Urban at RM 190,800.00, 125i Sport at RM 238,800.00 and 125i M Sport at RM 253,800.00.