The New 1 Series F20 is Official -- Pictures and Specs Included!

by Mark Jurista on June 6, 2011, 9:08 am
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BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

We have been waiting to see the official pictures of the next generation 1 series from BMW and I think it is going to have a polarizing effect on people. You are either going to love it or hate it. Take a look at the photos and facts below and let us know what you think.

After seeing all this, would you be running out to order a 1 series?


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The New 1 Series Quick Facts
  • The new BMW 1 Series: the second generation of this pioneering premium compact range. Still the only rear-wheel-drive model in its class. Even more sporty and fuel-efficient than before, and significantly more comfortable and spacious. Outstanding interior and exclusive features, occupying a distinctive niche within its segment. Unique combination of premium-quality handling, aesthetics and innovative technology.
  • Five doors. Bold, swept-back body; uniquely high-quality, sporty design with BMW's typically elegant proportions and boldly shaped surfaces. Youthful, lively image enhanced by design elements highlighting the maturity and premium status of the new BMW 1 Series. BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line provide added scope for personalization using exclusive interior and exterior design features and equipment.
  • For the first time, all the petrol and diesel engines for the BMW 1 Series now feature new BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. A new generation of 1.6-litre petrol engines: BMW 116i with 100 kW/136 hp, BMW 118i with 125 kW/170 hp. Radically redesigned 2.0-litre diesel engines: BMW 116d with 85 kW/116 hp, BMW 118d with 105 kW/143 hp, BMW 120d with 135 kW/184 hp. Also scheduled for launch soon is the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, with a 85-kW/116-hp 1.6 litre diesel engine and additional fuel-saving technologies that will keep CO2 emissions over the EU testing cycle down to just 99 g/km.
  • BMW 1 Series still a market leader with its BMW EfficientDynamics technology: first car in the world in its segment with optional eight-speed automatic transmission, Automatic Start/Stop function in both manual and automatic transmissions. ECO PRO mode is activated using the driving experience switch (included as standard).
  • Significantly improved comfort and unique handling thanks to rear-wheel drive, in-line engines, perfectly balanced weight distribution and advanced suspension technology. Double-joint cross-strut front axle; five-link rear axle; high-precision electromechanical power steering with no interference from the drive train. Optional Variable Sports Steering; DSC Driving Stability Control including DTC Dynamic Traction Control and electronically locking rear differential as standard.
  • Body 85 millimetres longer, wheelbase 30 millimetres longer, front track 51 millimetres wider and rear track 72 millimetres wider than previous model; height remains unchanged, but 17 millimetres of increased width create a more spacious interior and a sportier look. 21 millimetres more rear legroom; luggage compartment expanded from 330 to 360 litres; luggage capacity expandable to a maximum of 1,200 litres with rear seats folded down (40/20/40 seats available optionally). Large number of storage compartments, shelves and cupholders in cockpit.
  • Highly torsion-resistant body for increased responsiveness and passenger protection. Comprehensive range of safety equipment including front, side and head airbags.
  • High-quality interior with driver-friendly cockpit and outstanding materials and finishes; optional iDrive system with integral dashboard control display using the exclusive BMW flatscreen design.
  • BMW ConnectedDrive: a comprehensive and (for a compact car) unique selection of optional driver assistance systems and mobility services. High-beam assistance, Adaptive Headlights, parking assistance, reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake function, speed-limit and no-passing information, Internet connectivity, increased smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic information, and web radio, Facebook and Twitter apps.

Various 1 Series Models to Choose From
  • BMW 118i: Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS variable valve control, capacity: 1, 598 cc,
    output: 125 kW/170 hp at 4,800 rpm,
    maximum torque: 250 Nm at 1,500 - 4,500 rpm,
    acceleration [0 - 100 km/h]: 7.4 seconds,
    maximum speed: 225 km/h,
    combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 5.8 - 5.9 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions*: 134 - 137 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
  • BMW 116i: Four-cylinder in-line petrol engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS variable valve control, capacity: 1,598 cc,
    output: 100 kW/136 hp at 4, 400 rpm,
    maximum torque: 220 Nm at 1,350 - 4, 300 rpm,
    acceleration [0 - 100 km/h]: 8.5 seconds,
    maximum speed: 210 km/h,
    combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 5.5 - 5.7 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions*: 129 - 132 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
  • BMW 120d: Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of variable-geometry turbocharger, common-rail magnetic-valve direct injection (max. injection pressure: 1,800 bar), capacity: 1,955 cc,
    output: 135 kW/184 hp at 4, 000 rpm,
    maximum torque: 380 Nm at 1,750 - 2, 750 rpm,
    acceleration [0 - 100 km/h]: 7.2 seconds,
    maximum speed: 228 km/h,
    combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.5 - 4.6 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions*: 119 - 122 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
  • BMW 118d: Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of variable-geometry turbocharger, common-rail, magnetic-valve direct injection (max. injection pressure: 1,600 bar), capacity: 1,955 cc,
    output: 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    max. torque: 320 Nm at 1,750 - 2, 500 rpm,
    acceleration [0 - 100 km/h]: 8.9 seconds,
    maximum speed: 212 km/h,
    combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.4 - 4.5 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions*: 115 - 118 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.
  • BMW 116d: Four-cylinder in-line diesel engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology package, consisting of variable-geometry turbocharger with common-rail, magnetic-valve direct injection (max. injection pressure: 1,600 bar), capacity: 1,955 cc,
    output: 85 kW/116 hp at 4,000 rpm,
    maximum torque: 260 Nm at 1,750 - 2,500 rpm,
    acceleration [0 - 100 km/h]: 10.3 seconds,
    maximum speed: 200 km/h,
    combined-cycle fuel consumption*: 4.3 - 4.5 litres/100 kilometres,
    CO2 emissions*: 114 - 117 g/km, emissions standard: EU5.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

Press Release Details - The Devil is in the Details

The premium compact BMW 1 Series is already synonymous with driving pleasure. Now, the second generation offers state-of-the-art engine and suspension technology, further improvements in fuel efficiency, significantly more space and an innovative range of features and equipment. Still the only rear-wheel-driven car in its class, it builds on the strengths of its predecessor, which has already sold more than one million units worldwide. With its outstanding handling and design, innovative technology and premium image, the new BMW 1 Series has consolidated its position as a pioneering individualist in the competitive five-door segment.

BMW's entry-level model has achieved maturity, offering an even better balance between sportiness and driving comfort, improved functionality, and numerous driver assistance systems previously available only in higher segments. This is also apparent in its size. The body of the new BMW 1 Series is 85 millimetres longer than its predecessor, at 4,324 millimetres, while the wheelbase has widened by 30 millimetres to 2,690 millimetres. The car also looks more powerful because its overall width has increased by 17 millimetres to 1,765 millimetres (due to an increase in track of 51 millimetres at the front and 72 millimetres at the rear), whereas its height remains unchanged at 1,421 millimetres. The rear seats have 21 millimetres more legroom, and the luggage compartment has expanded by 30 litres to 360 litres.

its premium status. Another innovation is the BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line, two ranges of interior and exterior design features and equipment that provide exclusive personalization opportunities.
All engines in the new BMW 1 Series are four-cylinder models using BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. The petrol engines are part of a new generation, combining an impressively sporty feel with exceptionally low fuel consumption and emissions. The 1.6-litre engines have twin-scroll turbochargers, direct injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS. The new BMW 116i achieves 100 kW/136 hp, and the new BMW 118i 125 kW/170 hp. These represent increases of 10 kW and 20 kW on the previous versions, with fuel consumption reduced by up to 10 per cent. The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel models have been radically redesigned, featuring variable turbine geometry and common-rail direct fuel injection. The new BMW 116d (85 kW/116 hp), the new BMW 118d (105 kW/143 hp) and the new BMW 120d (135 kW/184 hp) have further consolidated the BMW 1 Series' record of superior fuel efficiency in the compact segment.

The new BMW 1 Series is the first and only car in its class to be optionally available with an eight-speed automatic gearbox. Like its predecessor, it also incorporates the extremely wide-ranging BMW EfficientDynamics technology package as standard. This includes the Automatic Start/Stop function, available with both the manual and automatic transmissions, and ECO PRO mode, activated using the driving experience switch (included as standard), for even better environmental performance. There are also plans to expand the range with the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition. This will have an output of 85 kW/116 hp, but additional fuel-saving and emission-reducing technologies will enable it to achieve fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres and a CO2 emissions figure of just 99 grams per kilometre over the EU combined cycle (provisional figures).

Also unique to this segment is ConnectedDrive, the new BMW 1 Series' optional package of driver assistance and mobility services. This includes high-beam assistance, Adaptive Headlights, parking assistance, reversing camera, Lane Departure Warning including Collision Warning, cruise control with brake function, and speed-limit and no-passing information. BMW ConnectedDrive also features Internet connectivity, increased smartphone and music player integration, real-time traffic information, and web radio, Facebook and Twitter apps.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

Exciting, elegant, innovative design

The drive-train layout, with a longitudinally mounted in-line engine at the front and rear-wheel drive, is unique within the compact segment. This improves the new BMW 1 Series' handling, and is also reflected in its design, with BMW's typical proportions: long bonnet, wide wheelbase, swept-back passenger cell. The new BMW 1 Series is the embodiment of responsiveness and innovative elegance in a compact car, with a youthful, lively design and high-quality features adding to the excitement.

The front of the car is dominated by the large BMW kidney-shaped radiator grille, boldly shaped headlight units and three-section air intake. The grille is tilted forwards, adding emphasis to the challenging stance of this most sporty of compact models, while the surrounding areas catch the light and create a strong sense of three-dimensionality, with four contour lines on the bonnet forming a V that points towards the grille. The typical BMW double-round headlights have accent trim across their tops. In combination with the optional bi-xenon headlights, this creates a strongly focused look, powerfully enhanced by the direction indicators set into the inner light rings of the headlights and an LED accent light. In another innovation for BMW, the side indicator lights are integrated in the exterior mirrors.

From the side, the proportions of the new BMW 1 Series are even more strikingly apparent. The slightly sloping roof line, sporty, angled rear windscreen and flat side windows give the car a coupé-like feel, while the Hofmeister kink – the low forward bend at the back end of the side windows – extends well into the C-pillar, making the door aperture wider and facilitating entry to and exit from the rear seats.

The design quality of the new BMW 1 Series, which is unique in the compact segment, is particularly evident in the distinctive BMW lines and dramatically curved surfaces. The characteristic BMW swage line starts at the front sidewall and rises continuously to the rear lights, its boldness giving powerful emphasis to the shoulder area, with the door openers neatly integrated into the swage line. An additional character line below the doors flows sharply upwards into the outline of the rear wheel arch. The sill line provides a similarly dynamic touch, running parallel to the road and then rising steeply at the rear wheel arch, which is nicely echoed by the outlines of the side windows. The size of the rear wheel arches draws attention to its rear-wheel-drive layout which is the reason for its excellent dynamic responses.

The wide-set wheel arches reinforce the broad, powerful impression created by the back of the new BMW 1 Series. The wide-opening, slightly concave tailgate is opened by pressing the top section of the BMW emblem that sits at its centre, and the rear lights are also set well apart, creating a strong horizontal emphasis that is heightened by their deep surrounds.

There are optional xenon headlights, and the rear lights consist of L-shaped banks of LEDs. An additional brake light is set into the roof spoiler. The outline of the rear apron echoes that of the front bumper, while the V-shaped emblem surround leads the eye towards the road surface, emphasizing the new BMW 1 Series' stable roadholding.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

The interior: premium finish, dynamic lines, driver-friendly cockpit

Inside, a combination of typical BMW design features and innovative accents gives the new BMW 1 Series a fresh, youthful and modern feel, with a focus on spaciousness and driving pleasure. Lines and surfaces are dynamic and forward-leaning, with high-quality, precision-finished materials reflecting the model's premium specifications. BMW's characteristic driver-friendliness is apparent in the angled displays and controls in the middle of the instrument panel, and the ergonomic contours of the centre console, designed for maximum visibility. The interior surfaces are layered, another innovation which gives the new BMW 1 Series an organic look and feel.

In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW Professional radio, the new BMW 1 Series uses the BMW iDrive system. This comprises a controller on the centre console, favourites buttons and a freestanding flatscreen monitor. The 6.5 or 8.8-inch high-resolution control display, which is integrated into the instrument panel, is used for all information, entertainment, telecommunications and navigation functions.

The new BMW 1 Series also offers much more storage space, with large door pockets, two cupholders on the centre console, a roomy glove compartment, and a compartment under the armrest. Bottles of up to 1 litre can be fitted into the lower door panel sections.

The optional storage package includes large compartments in the rear doors and nets on the front seatbacks. The 360-litre luggage compartment expands to a maximum of 1,200 litres by lowering the 60/40 split-folding rear seats, giving a flat surface extending all the way to the front seats. The optional through-loading system has 40/20/40 split-folding rear seats.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

The ultimate in personalization: BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line make their debut

The exclusive new BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line of interior and exterior equipment help to show off the high-tech, dynamic facets of the new BMW 1 Series to best advantage.

The BMW Sport Line includes sports seats with specific coverings, leather sports steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a red keyclasp, adjustable armrests, high-gloss black interior trim and matt coral accent strips. The instruments have specific number and scaling designs. The ambient lighting can be switched between orange and white the inclusion of this feature in the centre console and footwell is exclusive to the BMW Sport Line.

Other features of the BMW Sport Line include 16-inch star-spoke light-alloy wheels, black exhaust pipe end trim, and door sill finishers with "BMW Sport" lettering. The kidney bars, the central air intake trim bar, the side intake surrounds and the rear bumper trim are all high-gloss black. Additional options include high-gloss black mirror caps and 17-inch two-tone light-alloy wheels.

The BMW Urban Line includes specific cloth/leather seats, a leather sports steering wheel, adjustable armrests, and contemporary acrylic glass interior trim, which creates a strong sense of depth and is available in white or black with matt oxide silver accent strips. A striking effect is also provided by the ambient and courtesy lights, which can be switched between orange and LED royal blue. An additional light source on the B-pillar enhances the effect of the illumination.

The distinctive exterior includes specific 16-inch V-spoke alloy wheels or optional 17-inch high-gloss white wheels with an angled surface, and white rear bumper trim. Additional design accents on the front include white kidney bars with chrome-plated fronts and a white trim bar for the centre air intake. The side intake surrounds are painted in the same colour as the car, and the BMW Urban Line also includes door sill finishers with "BMW Urban" lettering and a white keyclasp. White mirror caps are available as an option.

The components of the BMW Lines are matched down to the last detail, and create a striking visual impact. Other individually customizable features include a choice of seat coverings, interior trims and accent strips and light-alloy wheels.

Apart from the new BMW Lines, the new BMW 1 Series itself offers additional design and material options. The standard equipment includes satin silver interior trim and Move fabric seats, and among the optional alternatives are additional interior trims and accent panels and Dakota leather seats in a choice of two colours. All upholstery versions are also available for the optional sports seats, and there are currently three standard and five metallic exterior paint colours.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

The new generation of petrol engines: dynamic power delivery and outstanding fuel efficiency thanks to BMW TwinPower Turbo technology.

The new BMW 1 Series is currently available with a choice of two latest-generation four-cylinder petrol engines and three radically redesigned four-cylinder diesel units.

The 1.6-litre petrol engines making their debut in the BMW 116i and BMW 118i models use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve control and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control.

This design is based on that of the multi-award-winning 225 kW/306 hp in-line six-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo found in models such as the BMW 135i and BMW 135i Convertible. Like that engine, the new four-cylinder units too are part of BMW's EfficientDynamics design strategy, which aims to continually increase driving pleasure while reducing fuel consumption and emissions.

This is the first time that four-cylinder engines have been fitted with BMW TwinPower Turbo, which represents an exceptionally fuel-efficient way of boosting output. In normally aspirated engines, responsiveness could only be enhanced to the same degree by significantly increasing capacity, and therefore weight and fuel consumption.

The design draws on the by BMW engineers' long experience of building high-performance turbo engines. The BMW 2002 turbo, launched in 1973

with a four-cylinder, 125 kW/170 hp engine, was the first European production car to be fitted with an exhaust gas turbocharger, and is still regarded as a the template for a compact, high-performance driver's car. In 1983, the first turbocharged engine ever to win a Formula 1 world championship was a Brabham BMW driven by Nelson Piquet.

The forced-induction system of the new BMW 1 Series uses the twin-scroll principle, with separate ducts both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger itself, each serving one pair of two cylinders. This enables more efficient use to be made of the exhaust pressure waves to drive the turbocharger, so in typical BMW fashion the engine responds instantly to any movement of the throttle. Output is also boosted by VALVETRONIC variable valve control, which is fully integrated into the cylinder head, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust sides.

The patented BMW VALVETRONIC technology steplessly adjusts intake valve timing, rendering the throttle valve of earlier engines obsolete. The amount of air required for combustion is regulated within the engine itself, minimizing throttling losses during gas exchange and improving engine efficiency. The new engines are unusually fuel-efficient, thanks mainly to High Precision Injection. The fuel supply is precisely regulated by magnetic-valve injectors with a maximum injection pressure of 200 bar, positioned centrally between the valves and close to the spark plug.

The four-cylinder engine of the new BMW 118i, which has an all-aluminium crankcase, has a maximum output of 125 kW/170 hp at 4,800 rpm, and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It is exceptionally responsive, accelerating the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 225 km/h. Improved efficiency is reflected in combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.8 to 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 134 to 137 grams per kilometre (EU test figures, variations due to differences in the tyres fitted).

The new BMW 116i's four-cylinder engine provides significantly improved driving dynamics compared to the predecessor model. It has an output of 100 kW/136 hp at 4, 400 rpm and a maximum torque of 220 Nm between 1,350 and 4, 300 rpm. The car takes 8.5 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start, and has a maximum speed of 210 km/h. The new BMW 116i's

fuel consumption over the combined cycle is 5.5 to 5.7 litres per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 129 to 132 grams per kilometre.

BMW F20 - The Next Generation 1 Series

An evolutionary step forward: four-cylinder turbodiesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and even greater fuel efficiency.

Wide-ranging design modifications have enabled the four-cylinder 2.0-litre turbodiesel engines in the new BMW 1 Series to build on their competitive advantage in the areas of output and fuel efficiency. These include aluminium crankcases, reduced engine friction, thermodynamically optimized turbochargers and variable turbine geometry, next-generation common-rail direct injection and magnetic-valve injectors.

These enhancements represent the latest stage in the success story of BMW four-cylinder diesel engines, which earned the predecessor of the new BMW 118d the title of World Green Car of the Year.

The new BMW 120d marks another major advance, with a 5 kW increase in maximum output to 135 kW/184 hp at 4,000 rpm, and maximum torque boosted by 30 Nm to 380 Nm between 1,750 and 2,750 rpm. It reaches 100 km/h from a standing start in 7.2 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 228 km/h. Combined-cycle fuel consumption has been reduced to 4.5 to 4.6 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 119 to 122 grams per kilometre (EU test figures, variations due to differences in the tyres fitted).

The four-cylinder diesel engine of the new BMW 118d has a maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp at 4,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 320 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 8.9 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 212 km/h. Its combined-cyle fuel consumption is 4.4 to 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions of 115 to 118 grams per kilometre (EU test figures, variations due to differences in the tyres fitted).

The new entry-level BMW 116d has a maximum output of 85 kW/116 hp at 4,000 rpm, and maximum torque of 260 Nm between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h in 10.3 seconds, and has a maximum speed of 200 km/h. Its combined-cyle fuel consumption is an outstanding 4.3 to 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres, with CO2 emissions an equally impressive 114 to 117 grams per kilometre (EU test figures, variations due to differences in the tyres fitted).

Advanced BMW EfficientDynamics technology puts the new BMW 1 Series in a class of its own

Back in 2007, the BMW 1 Series set a new global benchmark, with a unique range of technologies to reduce fuel consumption and emissions being included as standard. Today, the new BMW 1 Series extends the scope of the BMW EfficientDynamics programme. The diesel versions have a centrifugal-force pendulum built into the dual-mass flywheel to compensate for rotational irregularities and ensure a smooth ride at low revs.

The car makes extensive use of intelligent energy management systems, including Brake Energy Regeneration and electromechanical power steering. Depending on the model, these may also include a gear shift indicator, automatic air valve control, a high-efficiency rear differential, a map-regulated oil pump, a pressure/rev-regulated electric fuel pump, a self-disconnecting air-conditioning compressor and tyres with reduced rolling resistance.

The Automatic Start/Stop function, which switches off the engine when it is stationary at traffic lights or in slow-moving traffic, is included as standard in the new BMW 1 Series, with both manual and automatic transmissions. ECO PRO mode, which is activated by the driving experience switch, adjusts the engine map, heating, air conditioning, and mirror/seat heating to minimize fuel consumption. The resulting increase in range is shown on a display.

As a result, the new BMW 1 Series will embody the concept of fuel-efficiency like no other premium car, building on the strengths of its predecessor in this area. At a later date, the range will be expanded with the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition. This will be powered by a 1.6-litre diesel engine, and feature a number of fuel-saving and emission-reducing technologies, including solutions to further optimize drive-train efficiency, improve aerodynamic performance and reduce rolling resistance. The BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition will have an output of 85 kW/116 hp, with fuel consumption of 3.8 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 99 grams per kilometre over the EU combined cycle (provisional figures).

Eight-speed automatic transmission: sporty, fuel-efficient, and unique in a compact car

The standard six-speed manual petrol and diesel versions of the new BMW 1 Series offer efficient power transmission and precise gear changes.

The BMW 1 Series is also the only compact car also available with the option of an eight-speed automatic transmission, offering fast, smooth gear changes and excellent fuel efficiency. The innovative architecture of its wheel set allows more gears and a better spread of ratios, with barely any increase in weight over the existing six-speed automatic gearbox for the BMW 1 Series.

The unusually high efficiency of the eight-speed automatic transmission means that fitting it to the most powerful new BMW 1 Series models actually results in lower fuel consumption and CO2 figures than with a manual transmission.

The Steptronic function used in the automatic transmission allows gear changes to be initiated manually using the electronic selector lever. A further option is the eight-speed sports automatic transmission, which enables even more dynamic gear changes, and includes shift paddles on the steering wheel.

Perfect handling: high-quality suspension technology, even weight distribution and improved stability control

The new BMW 1 Series boasts best-in-class suspension technology, with a double-joint cross-strut front axle with McPherson struts and sway bars, and a five-link rear axle. The high aluminium content of the front axle structure effectively reduces the unsprung mass, while noise levels have also been reduced and crash performance improved.

Both the front and rear axles have double elastic bearings and extra-large bearing blocks for increased comfort and responsiveness. The new BMW 1 Series has a wider track than its predecessor (51 millimetres wider at the front, 72 millimetres wider at the rear), and the almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution helps to translate the dynamic advantages of the rear-wheel drive layout into an exciting and agile ride.

The new BMW 1 Series has electromechanical power steering as standard, combining typical BMW precision with very low energy consumption. The optional Servotronic function provides speed-dependent power assist. Variable Sport Steering, also available as an option, reduces the number of steering wheel rotations required to make sharp turns. In this mechanical system, steering ratios are adjusted using a variable steering rack. Parking and turning are safer and easier, requiring minimal steering effort, but the typical

BMW steering precision and directional stability at high speeds are maintained.

As an alternative to the standard 16-inch wheels, the new BMW 1 Series is also available with 16, 17 and 18-inch light-alloy wheels. Its responsiveness and powerful braking in emergency situations are partly due to DSC Dynamic Stability Control, and the car also has ABS anti-lock braking, DTC Dynamic Traction Control, CBC Cornering Brake Control and DBC Dynamic Braking Control. Other features now include braking assistance, fading compensation, brake drying and hill assist.

DTC mode increases the intervention thresholds of DSC, making it easier to drive on loose sand or deep snow. By allowing slight slippage of the drive wheels, it also facilitates controllable oversteer. DSC Off mode activates the electronic rear axle differential locking system. If either of the drive wheels suffers wheelspin while accelerating through tight bends, brake force is applied to this individually, so that the opposite wheel maintains traction.

Torsion-resistant body, optimal weight, wide range of safety features

The new BMW Series 1's lightweight body makes it more agile and improves passenger safety, with high-strength steel being used to increase torsion resistance and the strength of the passenger safety cell while minimising weight. Crumple zones and clearly defined load paths absorb the force of an impact and deflect it away from the passenger cell.

The standard safety package comprises front airbags, side airbags integrated into the seatbacks, front and rear head airbags, three-point automatic seatbelts in all seats, front seatbelt tension limiters and pre-tensioners, and an ISOFIX child seat mounting system in the rear.

BMW ConnectedDrive: unique comfort, safety, information and entertainment options

The new BMW 1 Series' high-tech presence is reflected in an impressive range of driver assistance and mobility services which is unique in a compact car. The BMW ConnectedDrive options network the driver with the vehicle and the outside world to improve comfort and safety while providing a wide spectrum of information and entertainment.

The Adaptive Headlight function incorporated in the optional xenon headlights adjusts the illumination depending on the vehicle's speed, steering angle and yaw rate. At low speeds, the turning lights integrated into the foglamp illuminate the road in the direction of travel. Other features include rain sensor, automatic headlight control, high beam assistance, park distance control, which allows safe, precise parking, with the image from the reversing camera appearing on the iDrive control display. Park assist aids parallel parking by identifying suitable spaces and steering the car into place if required.

Cruise control with brake function controls the engine and brakes while setting the optimum automatic gear to maintain the speed selected by the driver. The Lane Departure Warning facility now incorporates Collision Warning, which uses a camera at the bottom of the rear-view mirror to monitor the road markings and prevent unintended changes of direction.

The camera also monitors other vehicles and, if required, sounds a two-stage alarm to prevent collisions. A visual warning appears on the instrument panel if a minimum distance set by the driver is not maintained, and a flashing symbol and acoustic signal are activated if avoiding action is required.

The Speed Limit Info system has been expanded, with symbols on the instrument panel showing known speed limits and no-passing signs above or beside the road as recorded by its camera.

Innovative technology has been used to facilitate the integration of Apple iPhones and other smartphones and music players, including online services. BMW Apps allow iPhone users to receive web radio stations and display Facebook and Twitter posts on the onboard monitor. Another new function, Real-Time Traffic Information, provides detailed congestion data and recommended diversions. The new BMW 1 Series also has unlimited Internet connectivity, another unique feature within the compact segment.

High-quality standard features include driving experience switch, air conditioning, and keyless ignition.

The new BMW 1 Series offers all the excitement of premium-quality, pioneering technology and exceptional driving pleasure within a compact car, with many superior features as standard and a wide range of attractive options. The driving experience switch, a standard feature located on the central

console, tailors the car's settings to the driver's personal tastes, including engine characteristics, DSC driving stability control, optional Servotronic settings and automatic gear change programme and dynamics.

COMFORT, SPORT and ECO PRO modes are included as standard. The eight-speed sports automatic, Variable Sport Steering and BMW Sport Line versions also have SPORT+ mode. Cars fitted with the Professional navigation system have a sport display on the control monitor showing real-time engine performance and torque.

The standard equipment of the new BMW 1 Series also includes remote-controlled central locking, height-adjustable driver's and front-seat passenger's seats, electric wing mirrors, electric front and rear windows, BMW Business radio and CD, six speakers and an AUX IN connection, and air conditioning. Options include two-zone automatic air conditioning, electrically adjustable and heated seats, multifunction steering wheel, automatically dimming rear-view and wing mirrors, foglamps, electric sunroof, and towbar with removable ball.

The engine of the new BMW 1 Series can be activated by touching the Start/Stop button as soon as the keyless remote is inside the car, making traditional ignition key insertion redundant. The optional Comfort Access system automatically locks and unlocks the car.

The Professional navigation system includes a hard disk. Individual entertainment features include a DVD changer, DAB receiver, and 360-watt, digitally amplified 12-speaker Harman Kardon hi-fi system.

Like its five-door predecessor, the new BMW 1 Series is made in BMW's Regensburg assembly plant, together with the BMW 3 Series saloon, coupé and convertible, the BMW M3 and the BMW Z4. The plant has produced more than 4.5 million automobiles in its 25-year history.
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87 responses to The New 1 Series F20 is Official -- Pictures and Specs Included!

Shaw commented:
June 6, 2011, 11:56 am

Very disappointed about the exterior design!!!
Ugliest BMW ever seen...
Interior looks optimum though.
Performance is very nice as well.
But I wouldn't buy it...
pix335i commented:
June 6, 2011, 2:56 pm

Some more photos are available showing the car with an M-Sport treatment. Does this help sway your opinion or are you still thinking that this is a design nightmare from BMW?



SilverX3 commented:
June 6, 2011, 3:07 pm

Nope Lights, grill and taillights are all wrong
Killjoy commented:
June 6, 2011, 3:40 pm

As much as I want to love it, it just looks fugly. The M sport pack brightens the look noticeably, but I'm not sure it will be enough to please enthusiasts. The only way I see this becoming a breakout car is if BMW stops being so conservative and finally brings a 120d stateside.
pix335i commented:
June 6, 2011, 4:15 pm

I certainly wouldn't count on a 120d coming to the US so I'm not sure how to salvage it.

All the comments I have seen agree with everyone here -- no one seems to understand what BMW was thinking when they designed this.
"S62" commented:
June 6, 2011, 4:18 pm

those are very ugly. The new bimmers are a huge dissapointment.
Chris90 commented:
June 6, 2011, 4:43 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pix335i View Post
Some more photos are available showing the car with an M-Sport treatment. Does this help sway your opinion or are you still thinking that this is a design nightmare from BMW?

It looks a lot better in this picture - it may be the angle, or the black color that hides the lines of the headlights.
SilverX3 commented:
June 6, 2011, 5:18 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pix335i View Post
I certainly wouldn't count on a 120d coming to the US so I'm not sure how to salvage it.

All the comments I have seen agree with everyone here -- no one seems to understand what BMW was thinking when they designed this.
BMW Company is now run by beancounter and not rev heads or car designers

"The Ultimate driving pleasure" will be "The ugliest driving machines"
jatbeni commented:
June 6, 2011, 5:33 pm

I hope they change the plastic upfront before it heads to our shores. The Brits seem to like it...

But seriously, how hard would it be to reshape the bumpers to accommodate traditional BMW lights that did not have this ugly taper, while keeping the sheet metal in place??

I am kinda OK with the rear lights - I mean - the ones on the Golf GTI look so much better, but these are OK. Not great, but not a deal breaker. But that front schnozz... that I could do without.
M3Dreamer commented:
June 6, 2011, 5:40 pm

The front grill is .... uh... not very BMW like

However the collection of diesels is great.... if you live in Europe. Over here in 'Merica, we're not going to get any of the sprightly diesels anyway.
e46NJ commented:
June 6, 2011, 5:58 pm

I agree with everyone here. BMW design with the new bumpers and grill don't appeal to me at all. They went that way with the 7 and 5 series and it's ok because it has normal lights. The 1 looks like someone is thumbing their nose at me making it look a little piggish to me. The light hitting the curves on the front bumper makes it worse. It also looks like a japanese cartoon...also not good.

As for the back, it looks better than the front and that was not a compliment.

I definitely won't be considering this car. It's unfortunate that the concept drawing actually look ok but the execution of that concept is a big failure.

The A3, mini or VW would be better options based purely in the looks dept.

BMW - Please don't mess up the next 3....it's my next car in 25 months!!!
Killjoy commented:
June 6, 2011, 6:09 pm

The more I look at it, the uglier it gets. Since I'll be getting out of college in the next few months and was looking for a celebratory car, I was thinking of a 1 series. But if they look like this- then never mind.
Dmendez commented:
June 6, 2011, 8:16 pm

Are you kidding me, is not cute anymore.
e46NJ commented:
June 6, 2011, 9:07 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Killjoy View Post
The more I look at it, the uglier it gets. Since I'll be getting out of college in the next few months and was looking for a celebratory car, I was thinking of a 1 series. But if they look like this- then never mind.
Yeah, I agree, get something else. Audi, VW or something else.

On top of the japanese cartoon look and looking like someone thumbing their nose at you, it also looks like an ugly kid with a huge underbite with bucktooth.
bmw325 commented:
June 6, 2011, 11:37 pm

The detail on the grill is nice, but I agree wtf were the thinkig w/ those headlights... With the latest BMW designs (5er and Z4), I thought BMW was moving in a good direction design-wise..
BMW 3-SERIES commented:
June 7, 2011, 2:07 am

Can anyone say Audi? Looks like Audi from the front and Volkswagen from the back. Stupid. Hideous. I'd prefer a E65 BMW 745i to that. Bring Chris Bangle back if thats what BMWs are to look like. UGLY! A few models grew on me but this one will not. I couldn't find myself ever driving this THING. BMW is failing. Designs are becoming just plain idiotic. The last true BMWs were E30s and E40s with few exceptions like E92 335, M3s, E60 M5. I love my E39. E39 was the best. Thats why everyone still holds all the new 5-Series to the E39 standard. Audi has gone dumb. If BMW goes down that path, my last hope for a true German car is Mercedes.
AdmKlondikebar commented:
June 7, 2011, 2:42 am

Angry birds.
Sky Keeper commented:
June 7, 2011, 3:13 am

well, black looks better than red, as you can distinguish less body lines.

I believe that line on headlights is from 5-series... which is not the car that should be copied.
Shaw commented:
June 7, 2011, 8:47 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Chris90 View Post
It looks a lot better in this picture - it may be the angle, or the black color that hides the lines of the headlights.
They've got the photo positioned at a specific angle here for the M Sport. But the actual look is the first 3 photos you have shown which is truely a disappointment...

Having said that and reading the comments folks have added afterwards, I think we are being a bit unfair to the overall designs of BMW, specially if the comparisons are Mercedes and Audi!!!
Take a look at M-B and Audi during the past years, which one of them have lived up to their expectations lately??? M-B is completely off track with their designs (look at GLK!) and Audi still designs cars that remind us of the 90s! (with a couple of exceptions...)
With all do respect to all friends here, IMO, if there has been one major improvement in BMW in past years, it has been their design trend. Look at the 3 series coupe, 5 series, 7 Series, X5, X6 and the all new X3 and 6 series!!! they've all lived up to their expectations... and to my point that out of all those design improvements, seeing the new 1series like this is a total disappointment... something like against the stream...
Fifty_Cent commented:
June 7, 2011, 10:43 am

That is the ugliest car I have ever seen! I dont know what to say anymore.
Performance is not that great also, considering the fact that a naturally aspirated 116I engine(1600cc) already had 118hp.
dalekressin commented:
June 7, 2011, 11:22 am

Hmmm, I'm not sure that it's abomidable, but I will be into the M3.
Fifty_Cent commented:
June 7, 2011, 12:04 pm

now, how will this bmw compare with this...
SilverX3 commented:
June 7, 2011, 7:19 pm

VW Golf / Sirocco will kill 1 series
3ismagic# commented:
June 7, 2011, 7:19 pm

It's like BMWAG decided to support Mini sales by making the 1er super ugly. What alternative explanation could there possibly be for that? The Ultimate Driving Machine it ain't.
thumper_330 commented:
June 7, 2011, 7:27 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by 3ismagic# View Post
The Ultimate Driving Machine it ain't.
Ya know... you should really wait to actually DRIVE one before you write it off as such. Saying it's a lousy driving car because you happen to dislike its looks is premature and shallow. To many, my 2004 545i was unbearably ugly (being the first of the Bangle generation). However, I still believe it was the best handling and driving car I have ever owned... better than my E46 330i and on par with the E36 328i that sold me on what a drivers car should be.

I have an open mind on the looks, and I'll reserve my judgment of the drive until/unless I actually drive one first.
nealh commented:
June 7, 2011, 7:32 pm

Sad. A step back from the current model.
tol4o commented:
June 7, 2011, 10:55 pm

Oh please don't produce this ugly thing... who the heck is the designer??? These headlights look like tsetse fly. If they keep this direction of design it looks like I'll drive my E46 M3 forever...
A white m3 commented:
June 8, 2011, 3:17 am

yuck, yuck, yuck... I hate the new 1/5/7 series... went from stream lined cheetas ( e30 m3's ) to fat bulbous platypuses
momo_oo[][]oo commented:
June 8, 2011, 11:17 am

Is this going to be a FWD?
carve commented:
June 8, 2011, 1:03 pm

Oh...my...god. They need to get Bangle back. That is absolutely hideous. The proportions are bad, and the details are bad. Their new euro-pedestrian-friendly front ends are the worst execustion I've seen. Audi knows how to do it right.

If it doesn't drive like an absolute race car, I'd rather have a Mazda or Kia.
Capobranco commented:
June 8, 2011, 4:51 pm

Visually stunning – the new I series offers a modern interpretation of traditional BMW styling cues. The 1 series is an artful fresh interpretation of themes first introduced by the F/01, 07 and 10. The design boldly conveys BMW’s sense of athletic prowess. The front end of the 1 series is particularly dynamic with its robust large triangular bi-xenon headlights that are not only aggressively focused but serve to accentuate the large sculpted kidney grills. The very assertive character lines that boldly accentuate the complex sculpted sides artfully conveys a sense of dynamism and motion. Details such as the door handles sculpted into the horizontal character lines, front air intakes with chrome accents make the familiar connection to the 1 series’ big brothers. The wide wheel openings reinforce the athletic sports sedan feel. The rear end continues a feeling of sculpted art. The rear lights set off the deeply sculpted rear end and accentuate the wide track that further communicates the 1 series' very sporting athleticism. I am particularly fond of the proportions of the hatch back with its sloped roofline and aggressively angled rear window. The 1 series showcases its BMW DNA.

I like it.
3ismagic# commented:
June 8, 2011, 6:09 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Visually stunning

I like it.
Says the guy who owns a 5er GT.
Killjoy commented:
June 8, 2011, 6:09 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Visually stunning – the new I series offers a modern interpretation of traditional BMW styling cues. The 1 series is an artful fresh interpretation of themes first introduced by the F/01, 07 and 10. The design boldly conveys BMW's sense of athletic prowess. The front end of the 1 series is particularly dynamic with its robust large triangular bi-xenon headlights that are not only aggressively focused but serve to accentuate the large sculpted kidney grills. The very assertive character lines that boldly accentuate the complex sculpted sides artfully conveys a sense of dynamism and motion. Details such as the door handles sculpted into the horizontal character lines, front air intakes with chrome accents make the familiar connection to the 1 series' big brothers. The wide wheel openings reinforce the athletic sports sedan feel. The rear end continues a feeling of sculpted art. The rear lights set off the deeply sculpted rear end and accentuate the wide track that further communicates the 1 series' very sporting athleticism. I am particularly fond of the proportions of the hatch back with its sloped roofline and aggressively angled rear window. The 1 series showcases its BMW DNA.

I like it.
You must be trolling right?

If not, I hope BMW takes a look at this thread. Approximately 20-30 people hate it, and 1 person likes it. Way to go, BMW.
SilverX3 commented:
June 8, 2011, 6:53 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Visually stunning – the new I series offers a modern interpretation of traditional BMW styling cues. The 1 series is an artful fresh interpretation of themes first introduced by the F/01, 07 and 10. The design boldly conveys BMW's sense of athletic prowess. The front end of the 1 series is particularly dynamic with its robust large triangular bi-xenon headlights that are not only aggressively focused but serve to accentuate the large sculpted kidney grills. The very assertive character lines that boldly accentuate the complex sculpted sides artfully conveys a sense of dynamism and motion. Details such as the door handles sculpted into the horizontal character lines, front air intakes with chrome accents make the familiar connection to the 1 series' big brothers. The wide wheel openings reinforce the athletic sports sedan feel. The rear end continues a feeling of sculpted art. The rear lights set off the deeply sculpted rear end and accentuate the wide track that further communicates the 1 series' very sporting athleticism. I am particularly fond of the proportions of the hatch back with its sloped roofline and aggressively angled rear window. The 1 series showcases its BMW DNA.

I like it.
which drug are you on ??? or you get free service from BMW for posting this :-)
swajames commented:
June 8, 2011, 7:51 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Visually stunning – the new I series offers a modern interpretation of traditional BMW styling cues. The 1 series is an artful fresh interpretation of themes first introduced by the F/01, 07 and 10. The design boldly conveys BMW’s sense of athletic prowess. The front end of the 1 series is particularly dynamic with its robust large triangular bi-xenon headlights that are not only aggressively focused but serve to accentuate the large sculpted kidney grills. The very assertive character lines that boldly accentuate the complex sculpted sides artfully conveys a sense of dynamism and motion. Details such as the door handles sculpted into the horizontal character lines, front air intakes with chrome accents make the familiar connection to the 1 series’ big brothers. The wide wheel openings reinforce the athletic sports sedan feel. The rear end continues a feeling of sculpted art. The rear lights set off the deeply sculpted rear end and accentuate the wide track that further communicates the 1 series' very sporting athleticism. I am particularly fond of the proportions of the hatch back with its sloped roofline and aggressively angled rear window. The 1 series showcases its BMW DNA.

I like it.
ProRail commented:
June 8, 2011, 7:59 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Killjoy View Post
You must be trolling right?

If not, I hope BMW takes a look at this thread. Approximately 20-30 people hate it, and 1 person likes it. Way to go, BMW.
Make that 2. This is the car I have been waiting for ever since I saw the first 1s in Europe. IMO it's perfect.
SilverX3 commented:
June 8, 2011, 8:19 pm

1800 502 555

Ring this number... you may need help
Capobranco commented:
June 8, 2011, 9:01 pm



ok ewe all - your group think is making you seem like German sheep....
I'd rather be a German shepherd

rrrrrrruff
solstice commented:
June 9, 2011, 12:41 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post


ok ewe all - your group think is making you seem like German sheep....
I'd rather be a German shepherd

rrrrrrruff
It's a dog alright but it's not a German Shepherd.

SilverX3 commented:
June 9, 2011, 4:54 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by solstice View Post
It's a dog alright but it's not a German Shepherd.

and it's called One Series
Capobranco commented:
June 9, 2011, 7:53 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by solstice View Post
It's a dog alright but it's not a German Shepherd.

Quote:
Originally Posted by SilverX3 View Post
and it's called One Series


Very apt - the 1 series - was never pretty but always possessed an admirable pugnacious bull dog-like quality as epitomized by the 1 M.
- the new 1 series continues this design language.

Thank you for your insightful metaphor.

Ewe-all don't see this?
denhugh commented:
June 9, 2011, 11:05 am

Anyone notice that BMW is making the one series bigger (85mm increase in length)-what is it with all the manufacturers constantly increasing the size of all their vehicles. One of the reasons I got the 1 series was the increase in size of the 3 series! What next-the "0 series"
Sky Keeper commented:
June 9, 2011, 12:05 pm

Seems like 0 2 4 6 8 are all reserved for funky designs, so it will be -1 or FF
damyankee commented:
June 9, 2011, 12:17 pm

Mmm, while my "artistic sensibilities" are pretty rough, I put this design right alongside the new 5 & 7. BMW is definately back to the pre-Bangle "1 sausage 4 different legnths" school of design.

I think it's OK. I hated the 1 when it 1st came here, it's grown on me a bit but I'm still not a fan. I like the flanks on the new design; I could not stand the droopy look of the current 1. The new front end is funky, I don't like the plump kidney grills on any model (the 7 is ghastly IMO) and some lines look anti-aerodynamic to me.

If the new 3 coupe has the same over-sized kidneys I'll be downright irate.
thumper_330 commented:
June 9, 2011, 2:09 pm

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Originally Posted by damyankee View Post
If the new 3 coupe has the same over-sized kidneys I'll be downright irate.
Problem is... because that's their current "design language", that's exactly what the 3'er will have.

Looking at this 1'er, it really does look like a small, hatchback 5'er or 7'er. That means that the 3'er is almost definitely going to be the same general shape and style... just slightly bigger.

Currently the disguised shots I've seen of the new 3'er don't inspire confidence. While you can't tell much, it does appear the front is pretty vertical (or beyond), but oddly enough the roofline looks almost identical to the E90. I am not inspired to think the 3'er is going to wow us... rather evolve from the current design into the new.

As for this 1'er... I actually think evolution has helped the look of this model. While I'm neutral on the grille, I actually like the headlights and the squared off angel eyes. I didn't care much for the current 1'er, but it's going to remain to be seen what BMW does with the coupe and vert models they will bring this side of the pond. Of course, I don't want either of those... but that's another story.
AzNMpower32 commented:
June 9, 2011, 11:36 pm

I'm a little late to the game, didnt even realised my favourite BMW had been updated and released already. Gleaned lots of info from the BMW DE website, even got the options squared away.

I think the F20 looks fine. It's got some bad angles and someone raided the VW Polo parts bin for the taillights, but overall its a contemporary, edgy design that has much more personality than most of its competitors like the VW Golf and Ford Focus. It'll attract the young folks who want a shouty, modern style and something that doesn't look like an ordinary hatchback. I still believe the Opel Astra is the best-looking in its class though.

Although the F20 doesn't have that much groundbreaking items (many competitors offer Internet, the Opel Astra also has the Front Camera), the efficiency of the drivetrain is certainly a strong point and the scope of its ConnectedDrive is also pretty sweet for the young, computer-saavy buyers who'll like the car.

I'll take a 120d, 5-door "Sport line" in Tiefseeblau and the "Track" Cloth/Gray Accent interior, aluminium trim, Style 380 wheels so it won't ruin the ride. Add a few things like the Lighting and Visibility packets, Cruise, Anthracite headliner and I'll be good to go. If I have the money, perhaps the sat nav and Front Camera with Speed Limit Info.

That is, of course, BMW NA isn't interested in selling it here, so the whole config is pointless.
TMQ commented:
June 10, 2011, 2:38 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by thumper_330 View Post
Ya know... you should really wait to actually DRIVE one before you write it off as such. Saying it's a lousy driving car because you happen to dislike its looks is premature and shallow. To many, my 2004 545i was unbearably ugly (being the first of the Bangle generation). However, I still believe it was the best handling and driving car I have ever owned... better than my E46 330i and on par with the E36 328i that sold me on what a drivers car should be.

I have an open mind on the looks, and I'll reserve my judgment of the drive until/unless I actually drive one first.
E60 was not first of the Bangle era, and it has been one well accepted by the general public and enthusiasts.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post
Visually stunning – the new I series offers a modern interpretation of traditional BMW styling cues. The 1 series is an artful fresh interpretation of themes first introduced by the F/01, 07 and 10. The design boldly conveys BMW’s sense of athletic prowess. The front end of the 1 series is particularly dynamic with its robust large triangular bi-xenon headlights that are not only aggressively focused but serve to accentuate the large sculpted kidney grills. The very assertive character lines that boldly accentuate the complex sculpted sides artfully conveys a sense of dynamism and motion. Details such as the door handles sculpted into the horizontal character lines, front air intakes with chrome accents make the familiar connection to the 1 series’ big brothers. The wide wheel openings reinforce the athletic sports sedan feel. The rear end continues a feeling of sculpted art. The rear lights set off the deeply sculpted rear end and accentuate the wide track that further communicates the 1 series' very sporting athleticism. I am particularly fond of the proportions of the hatch back with its sloped roofline and aggressively angled rear window. The 1 series showcases its BMW DNA.

I like it.
I guess to each his/her own... I wonder what praises you have sang for the 5GT. People can use whatever words to market a product, but one thing is simple - when we see ugly, we know it. The old Z4 and 7 were not pretty but were very different in design philosophy. This thing... I had to make sure I wasn't in a weird dream when I saw it. Hard to believe that the board actually approved it.
dhc3 commented:
June 10, 2011, 8:04 am

Glad we bought a 2011 128.......
AzNMpower32 commented:
June 10, 2011, 9:38 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by TMQ View Post
E60 was not first of the Bangle era, and it has been one well accepted by the general public and enthusiasts.
Wouldn't really agree with that. The old 5er had a front that looked like "Dame Edna's spectacles." and a rear end that was bulbous to say the least.
cwinter commented:
June 10, 2011, 11:55 am

Soooo....they are only offering a hatchback now? Or are they starting with a hatchback and eventually will have a two door coupe? Not a big fan of what I am seeing so far. I always thought the 1er coupe was a nice edgy sporty car. Would I not need two doors, a 135i would have been very tempting in many ways. This just does not look interesting at all.
Aronis commented:
June 11, 2011, 4:28 pm

I'm more interested in the engine choices. What happened to the 135 300 HP turbo 6?????


By the way, it is a nice copy of the VW Golf!!

And also by the way the 550GT appeal is the interior space for 5 humans. Based on 7 series.

Audi's A7 is strictly a 4 seater!!
brkf commented:
June 11, 2011, 5:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by cwinter View Post
Soooo....they are only offering a hatchback now? Or are they starting with a hatchback and eventually will have a two door coupe? Not a big fan of what I am seeing so far. I always thought the 1er coupe was a nice edgy sporty car. Would I not need two doors, a 135i would have been very tempting in many ways. This just does not look interesting at all.
The 1 series was released as a hatch originally in Europe in 2004. Again, just as before, the 1 will be released as a hatch in Europe. The main market for the 1 is Europe, not the US.

The US received the coupe only as a 2008 model. The coupe is a very small segment of 1 series sales and that's all they're currently pushing in the USA for the 1. It's doubtful the USA will get a 1 series hatch.
thumper_330 commented:
June 11, 2011, 6:12 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by blueguydotcom View Post
It's doubtful the USA will get a 1 series hatch.
Which is incredibly sad in a way. I know plenty of people in their mid 20's now (good friends of mine) and just about all of them drive hot hatches like the Mazdaspeed 3. They have grown up with hatchbacks and are about at the age where they're getting into jobs where they can afford something a little more upscale like a BMW. Without a hatchback, those same people are going to look elsewhere because "coupes are for mid-lifers" (actual quote).

I may be a bit odd... I'm not quite a mid-lifer (still not yet 40) but I would love a small hatch. Then again, I grew up in the UK so hatches are pretty much what I was used to up until I moved to the USA.

So the problem is; the 3'er is pricing itself beyond the reach of most of those upgrading 20 somethings... and the 1'er which is supposed to appeal to those 20 somethings... well, it doesn't because they have grown up in a different world where coupes are purchased by empty nesters. The 'vert is a nice little car, but it's both impractical and has this image among the younger adults that they're all driven by gray-hairs.

I know that I'm generalizing... I can't help it. It's just what I see, and it's not just here in the Midwest. I've traveled quite a bit to the West Coast and the Mountains recently, and I am seeing the exact same changes happening there.
Capobranco commented:
June 11, 2011, 8:17 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by thumper_330 View Post
Which is incredibly sad in a way. I know plenty of people in their mid 20's now (good friends of mine) and just about all of them drive hot hatches like the Mazdaspeed 3. They have grown up with hatchbacks and are about at the age where they're getting into jobs where they can afford something a little more upscale like a BMW. Without a hatchback, those same people are going to look elsewhere because "coupes are for mid-lifers" (actual quote).

I may be a bit odd... I'm not quite a mid-lifer (still not yet 40) but I would love a small hatch. Then again, I grew up in the UK so hatches are pretty much what I was used to up until I moved to the USA.

So the problem is; the 3'er is pricing itself beyond the reach of most of those upgrading 20 somethings... and the 1'er which is supposed to appeal to those 20 somethings... well, it doesn't because they have grown up in a different world where coupes are purchased by empty nesters. The 'vert is a nice little car, but it's both impractical and has this image among the younger adults that they're all driven by gray-hairs.

I know that I'm generalizing... I can't help it. It's just what I see, and it's not just here in the Midwest. I've traveled quite a bit to the West Coast and the Mountains recently, and I am seeing the exact same changes happening there.
Really?...I have always loved hatches but I have always had one foot planted in Europe and the other foot on the East Coast. I have always viewed 5 doors as being a more aesthetically exciting and sporting alternative to traditional 3 box sedans. I recognize that mid 20 somethings may yearn for a more upscale hatch alternatives, having grown up with Mazda3s, but, how do reconcile the extreme hostility to hatches on this thread and on the 3 Forum in general? I am presuming many of the most scathing comments are coming from guys in their mid 20s who are very vocal on both the 1 and 3 Forums.
Capobranco commented:
June 11, 2011, 8:44 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Aronis View Post
I'm more interested in the engine choices. What happened to the 135 300 HP turbo 6?????


By the way, it is a nice copy of the VW Golf!!

And also by the way the 550GT appeal is the interior space for 5 humans. Based on 7 series.

Audi's A7 is strictly a 4 seater!!
Great question - 300 HP 1 series hatch would be epic.

I see the Golf as an inspiration but in IMO the 1 goes beyond the Golf to search out and conquer a more affluent hip demographic that desires a more luxurious upscale vehicle while maintaining an aura of political and environmental correctness.

As to the 5 GT - you are correct; the 5 GT is based on 7 series architecture, and the A7 is based on the A6. The sleekness of the A7 is achieved by sacrificing utility. The 5 GT offers a unique blend of performance, luxury, utility, value and panache/road presence.

The 5 GT is sui generis.
swajames commented:
June 11, 2011, 9:07 pm

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Originally Posted by Capobranco View Post

The 5 GT is sui generis.
You've made this statement rather a lot here on the forum. The 5 GT is hardly in a class of it own - it is but one of a class of premium German hatchbacks along with the A7 and Panamera (and some might argue the CLS is a class competitor, despite it being a sedan). Each of the these competitors bring a slightly different combination of design, dimensions, dollars and seating combinations, but fundamentally all are competing for the same customers. You claim that the 5GT brings "a unique blend of performance, luxury, utility, value and panache/road presence", but you can, of course make this argument in respect of every single car on sale in the United States today. The GT is no more "sui generis" and is no more or no less "unique" than any of its competitors.

Dan Neil's recent A7 review in the Wall St Journal succinctly captured some of this in his comments:

"Cross-shoppers will look at the Porsche Panamera V6 (pricier) and Mercedes's V8-powered CLS (pricier but more powerful), and BMW's sweet-hot mess, the 5-series Gran Turismo. And that returns us to styling.

For some idea of how far wrong the luxury-hatchback thesis can take you, look at the 5-GT, a car with almost exactly the same shadow as the A7 but so comprehensively awkward it has to be the result of industrial sabotage. Heavy as sin (4,600 to 5,000 pounds), visually chubby and as weirdly genderless as a Ken doll, the 5-GT ought to have one redeeming virtue: cargo capacity. And yet the sailplane-sleek Audi has 9 cubic feet more cargo capacity under its fastback than the BMW (24.5 vs. 15.5 with rear seats up). True, the 5-GT has 3 inches more rear headroom and, with the seats down, slightly more overall cargo capacity (also, it has a five-seat configuration).
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Capobranco commented:
June 11, 2011, 10:36 pm

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Originally Posted by swajames View Post
You've made this statement rather a lot here on the forum. The 5 GT is hardly in a class of it own - it is but one of a class of premium German hatchbacks along with the A7 and Panamera (and some might argue the CLS is a class competitor, despite it being a sedan). Each of the these competitors bring a slightly different combination of design, dimensions, dollars and seating combinations, but fundamentally all are competing for the same customers. You claim that the 5GT brings "a unique blend of performance, luxury, utility, value and panache/road presence", but you can, of course make this argument in respect of every single car on sale in the United States today. The GT is no more "sui generis" and is no more or no less "unique" than any of its competitors.

Dan Neil's recent A7 review in the Wall St Journal succinctly captured some of this in his comments:

"Cross-shoppers will look at the Porsche Panamera V6 (pricier) and Mercedes's V8-powered CLS (pricier but more powerful), and BMW's sweet-hot mess, the 5-series Gran Turismo. And that returns us to styling.

For some idea of how far wrong the luxury-hatchback thesis can take you, look at the 5-GT, a car with almost exactly the same shadow as the A7 but so comprehensively awkward it has to be the result of industrial sabotage. Heavy as sin (4,600 to 5,000 pounds), visually chubby and as weirdly genderless as a Ken doll, the 5-GT ought to have one redeeming virtue: cargo capacity. And yet the sailplane-sleek Audi has 9 cubic feet more cargo capacity under its fastback than the BMW (24.5 vs. 15.5 with rear seats up). True, the 5-GT has 3 inches more rear headroom and, with the seats down, slightly more overall cargo capacity (also, it has a five-seat configuration).
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What's Unicorn Language for "Oh, Sh*t"


I suppose the Unicorn thought he was in the same class as Pegasus,
until Pegasus said: " Oh, ...Let's take this Trail."

Seriously, let's have some fun and enjoy this debate
over where it belongs. Please post this as a new thread on the FO7 Forum.

See ya' at High Noon, cowboy
wag-zhp commented:
June 11, 2011, 11:28 pm

This One is downright fugly! I liked the original One series coupe. It was a little squat and quirky looking, but still an attractive car from most angles. The new design is not.
Fifty_Cent commented:
June 12, 2011, 4:55 am

I just want to remind everyone of the overall initial reaction when the E60 and E65 first came out.... all the purists, brand fanatics etc (including myself) were complaining against the revolutionary new design path that bmw has desided to take....
Well, I think the E60 was the best selling 5 series ever, and the E65 didnt do bad either.

This new 1 series does not stretch the design board that much, compared to the above.
I am sure that although the design will want some getting used to, especially from the die hard fanatics of the brand, but it will sell well....it goes right next to the Audi A3, VW Golf, Opel Astra etc, as a more driver focused (rwd), luxurius option.
Or not??
mujjuman commented:
June 12, 2011, 5:39 am

The F20 is hottttttttt!!!!!
sekitori commented:
June 12, 2011, 2:48 pm

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Originally Posted by Fifty_Cent View Post
That is the ugliest car I have ever seen!
You apparently have never looked at a 2009-2011 Acura TL.
Irish325iCoupe commented:
July 5, 2011, 8:11 am

Face it. The new 1 is a dog to look at. And its "Face" is the main problem! Even if it is dynamically better than the previous model the first impression is what matters. Stylistically its a mash of unbalanced design, melted angles and lines that will not age well. There is nothing happy about the "face" - I think it looks sad! My wife had a new 2005 116i (which couldn't pull you out of bed and was traded for a same year 318Ci M Sport within 10 months) but I liked the look of that "old" 116i. I really don't like the look of the new 1.
qaz130 commented:
July 5, 2011, 11:23 am

what happen to the front grill...
ChittyChitty commented:
July 5, 2011, 5:40 pm

Interior is amazing as always but I like the way it looks from the side and back just something about the front that I don't like. Comes together weird lol.
gary york commented:
July 9, 2011, 10:40 am

this car looks like my girl friend
Shes beautiful from half block away
Beautiful up front.
But the rear or side views ,and well you know
ChittyChitty commented:
July 12, 2011, 4:20 pm

^lmaooo
Lynn_128i commented:
July 15, 2011, 12:40 am

I hope they don't stop making the BMW 128i coupe and the 135i coupe with the 6-cylinder engine. I feel it is OK to make the better gas mileage vehicles as long as they don't stop making the performance vehicles.
brkf commented:
July 15, 2011, 10:42 am

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Originally Posted by Lynn_128i View Post
I hope they don't stop making the BMW 128i coupe and the 135i coupe with the 6-cylinder engine. I feel it is OK to make the better gas mileage vehicles as long as they don't stop making the performance vehicles.
128 with 6 cylinder will not be a part of the F2x range when it's release in the USA. The USA will get the 4 cylinder turbo and 6 turbo. The 6 without turbo will not exist in the USA with the F2X models.
Lynn_128i commented:
July 15, 2011, 1:08 pm

blueguydotcom, when do you think the F2X will be released in the USA? Thanks for the knowledge. I will be leasing the BMW 128i for three years to be sure I love the car and then I planned to buy a new BMW 128i to keep many years if I love it since I don't want to make the mistake I make with my Acura RSX that I now kept for 8 years due to low mileage despite not loving the car like I did my Honda Prelude. Size, handling, visibility, and power are all important to me to feel safe when driving and enjoy what I am driving.
brkf commented:
July 15, 2011, 4:36 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lynn_128i View Post
blueguydotcom, when do you think the F2X will be released in the USA? Thanks for the knowledge. I will be leasing the BMW 128i for three years to be sure I love the car and then I planned to buy a new BMW 128i to keep many years if I love it since I don't want to make the mistake I make with my Acura RSX that I now kept for 8 years due to low mileage despite not loving the car like I did my Honda Prelude. Size, handling, visibility, and power are all important to me to feel safe when driving and enjoy what I am driving.
Sorry, others may have a better estimate with that one. The current gen 1 was just released so I can't say when the F2x cars will get here... BMW's release schedule on the current model was odd (like the X1).
bmw325 commented:
July 15, 2011, 9:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by blueguydotcom View Post
Sorry, others may have a better estimate with that one. The current gen 1 was just released so I can't say when the F2x cars will get here... BMW's release schedule on the current model was odd (like the X1).
Right the hatchback version of the current 1 series debuted in Europe in 2004, hence the 2011 replacement. But the coupe didn't come out till 2009 I believe. Nonetheless I doubt the current platform coupe will be in production for more than a year more (and theres evidence of this in bmw's "limited" production of the 1m.
kevler9oh commented:
July 27, 2011, 10:48 am

not a fan of the hatch design, would rather see them as a smaller coupe than a hot hatch.
Turbo_525 commented:
July 30, 2011, 12:57 am

So - I like the 5-door idea - probably won't come to U.S.

I REALLY like the idea of the 120d with a 6-speed manual (3-pedal) - BMW are you listening!? Bring it to U.S.!!!

I dont' like the headlights. But I hesitate to say it's really all that ugly...Just look at current generation Camary's, they are uglier than an overstuffed potato, yet droves of people still buy them!
Lynn_128i commented:
July 30, 2011, 1:05 am

I feel they should keep the coupe and coupe convertible with the V6 engine in the USA but also add a hatchback version in the 1-series and they will have a lot more sales by reaching out to a larger market.
Jabroni commented:
August 23, 2011, 10:34 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Lynn_128i View Post
I feel they should keep the coupe and coupe convertible with the V6 engine in the USA but also add a hatchback version in the 1-series and they will have a lot more sales by reaching out to a larger market.
BMW doesn't offer V6 engines in any of their models. They do offer inline 6's though.
Lynn_128i commented:
August 23, 2011, 10:38 am

Habribum Thank you for reminding me that my BMW 128i has an in-line 6 and not a V-6 engine. Can you explain the difference? I just know the "6" engine is so much quieter than my previous car's "4" engine and smoother and there is not efford to go up hills.
Tom K. commented:
August 23, 2011, 11:53 am

Lynn,

Some very general observations:

An inline Six has 6 cylinders all in a row.
But a V-6 has three on one side and three on the other arranged like a "V".

While the inline 6 is inherently smoother, it also generally requires a longer engine compartment and is difficult to install transversely for front wheel drive applications.

Power is more closely related to engine size (displacement) than number of cylinders and whether or not super charging or turbocharging is employed. This is why BMW's new turbocharged 2.0 liter 4 is more powerful than the non-turbo 3 liter 6 it's replacing. (Although some of us would prefer the older I-6 for it's balance and smoothness.)

Hope this helps a bit.

Tom
Jabroni commented:
August 23, 2011, 1:42 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom K. View Post
Power is more closely related to engine size (displacement) than number of cylinders and whether or not super charging or turbocharging is employed.
This is not always true. Early model Mustangs and Camaro's had high displacements yet they didn't produce any more substantial power than the E46 M3 with a 3.3 liter engine. The same could be said of the VTEC 2 liter Honda engines that produce 200 hp without turbos. They produce as much hp as the Audi A4 that does employ a turbo. Albeit the Honda does have a lot less torque.
Tom K. commented:
August 23, 2011, 5:50 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabroni View Post
This is not always true. Early model Mustangs and Camaro's had high displacements yet they didn't produce any more substantial power than the E46 M3 with a 3.3 liter engine.
Of course all bets are off if you are comparing motors designed and built decades apart! But if you want to go that route, the Packard 30 4 cylinder motor of 100 years ago displaced over 7 liters and was rated at 30HP, but my 2005 BMW R1200 motorcycle produces 110 hp from 1.2 liters.

Tom
Jabroni commented:
August 23, 2011, 6:51 pm

The Acura RSX with the 2 liter non turbo 200 hp engine was produced up to 2006. The current Audi A4 uses the 2 liter 211hp turbo. The 2002 Mustang GT was a 4.6l that produced 260hp while the 2002 M3's 3.3l produced 333hp.

Where did you get the idea that I'm comparing engines designed decades apart?

My original point was that engine displacement and turbos don't correlate to hp. Other factors like gearing should also be taken into account.
Tom K. commented:
August 24, 2011, 11:52 am

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabroni View Post
Where did you get the idea that I'm comparing engines designed decades apart?
Because your words were "early model Mustangs and Camaros". As the Mustang was introduced in 1964 (actually termed a '64 1/2 model) and the Camaro in '67, those were the first of the early models.

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabroni View Post
My original point was that engine displacement and turbos don't correlate to hp. Other factors like gearing should also be taken into account.
While gearing (and other factors such as frictional losses) affects hp transmitted to the wheels, it doesn't change the actual power a motor develops.

My implication that displacement is more important than forced induction was poorly worded and misleading. It should have read "Power is more closely related to engine size (displacement) and whether or not super charging or turbocharging is employed, rather than the number of cylinders."

BTW, please notice the qualifier "more closely". Obviously there are many factors determining power output.
Tom
Jabroni commented:
August 24, 2011, 8:55 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Tom K. View Post
Because your words were "early model Mustangs and Camaros". As the Mustang was introduced in 1964 (actually termed a '64 1/2 model) and the Camaro in '67, those were the first of the early models.
It's 2011 man...... Anything made before 2003 is early to me. When you start talking 60's that to me ain't early, that's antique.
dthompson commented:
September 13, 2011, 3:03 pm

So the F20 has been officially unveiled in Frankfurt today. Do we know when it is coming here? Also, anyone know whether we will get the hatch?
richstacy commented:
November 23, 2011, 3:48 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by Jabroni View Post
It's 2011 man...... Anything made before 2003 is early to me. When you start talking 60's that to me ain't early, that's antique.
Well you need to get around a bit then. You can't begin to appreciate today's cars unless you know something about what you refer to as "antiques."
pavigator commented:
November 24, 2011, 2:21 pm

Finally got the delivery of the new model 118d A Business.

Drive is excellent and the response is fantastic, suspension is soft and love the joystick too. Keyless drive is a comfort and the LCD screen feels luxurious!

I have never loved the front or the back, i just got sold for the drive, comfort and feeling of luxury when seated inside. I think i made a good choice!
Superschnell commented:
November 24, 2011, 3:29 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pavigator View Post
Finally got the delivery of the new model 118d A Business.

Drive is excellent and the response is fantastic, suspension is soft and love the joystick too. Keyless drive is a comfort and the LCD screen feels luxurious!

I have never loved the front or the back, i just got sold for the drive, comfort and feeling of luxury when seated inside. I think i made a good choice!
Congratulations! A good choice
kontir commented:
November 26, 2011, 10:44 pm

Quote:
Originally Posted by pavigator View Post
Finally got the delivery of the new model 118d A Business.

Drive is excellent and the response is fantastic, suspension is soft and love the joystick too. Keyless drive is a comfort and the LCD screen feels luxurious!

I have never loved the front or the back, i just got sold for the drive, comfort and feeling of luxury when seated inside. I think i made a good choice!
Any pics?