Previously we’ve featured the New BMW 1 Series in its pre-production form, today BMW has released full details of their new compact pride and joy.

The BMW 1 Series, in its third generation, gets a sportier design, from the base 118i to the top-of-the-line M135i and an abundance of space. It’s got more power, better fuel efficiency and lower emissions, too.

At a glance, the new 1 Series has standard LED headlights, shorter hood and larger kidney grille (more pronounced in the M135i), The profile is enhanced by window graphics. From the rear, the greenhouse is elongated with the traditional Hofmeister Kink now incorporated into the C pillar. Wheel sizes range from 16-inch up to 19-inch. Meantime, trim levels for the new 1 Series come in SE, Sport and M Sport variations.

The compact BMW has a larger cabin and boot space, boosted by 20 liters to 380 liters. Meanwhile, the driver-oriented cockpit is similar to the 3 Series in more ways than one, for example, quality materials and an optional Panoramic roof. To bring up to date, depending on variant, there’s Heads-up display, Digital key, Personal Assistant and BMW Live Cockpit Plus.

BMW 1 Series engine options
At launch, there are three diesel and two petrol engines. Output has been increased and ranges from 140 – 306 hp, as well as a peak torque range of 220 – 450 Nm. The engines could be paired to six-speed manual gearbox, seven-speed Steptronic or dual-clutch transmission eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission.  
As the latest generation compact, the new 1 Series comes with an array of new driver assistant systems. These systems include Cruise Control, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go (optional), Collision and pedestrian warning with city braking function, Lane Departure warning and Speed limit information  

With the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive, standard for the BMW 120d xDrive and M135i xDrive, the compact has exemplary handling for adventurous drives. Standard suspension and the M Sport suspension, with 10mm reduction in ride height, help to improve ride handling and driving dynamics even further.

If required, slot in the Adaptive suspension including VDC (Variable Damper Control) as an option (not available in conjunction with 19-inch alloy wheels or the M Sport Plus Pack) for an evengreater Fun drive!

The New BMW 1 Series has a starting price tag of 24,000 pounds in the UK.