New-Gen BMW 1 series unveiled – India launch expected by early 2020

New BMW 1-series now packs a roomier cabin thanks to its new platform. It hosts loads of features alongside powerful engines on the go.

BMW 1 series is in its third generation and the car does get the flamboyant style which the second generation lacked. The major shift is that it now comes with a FWD (front-wheel drive) Drivetrain rather than the stagnant RWD (rear-wheel drive) which had been on offer for more than a decade.

One might notice the all new LED headlamp housing along with the signature kidney front grille. Although, the mesh grille is now larger in size as its siblings. The profile of the car looks similar to the previous gen but it is the styling details which stands out the car.

Moving on to the side, the car sits on 16-inch to 19-inch alloy wheels, depending upon the choice and the car at the rear pack’s elegant LED taillights. The hatchback also sees a diffuser with two exhaust tips but that’s likely to come with the M135i variant.

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The interiors feature a 10.25 inch infotainment system and will support Apple CarPlay and Android Auto. Also, there is a fully 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. It also gets an optional wireless charging and for the first time gets a big panoramic sunroof. The infotainment systems comes with BMW’s latest 7.0 operating system. The interiors look more upmarket and conventional than before. An option of 9.0-inch heads-up display is also on the offer.

The cabin now feels roomier because of the new platform it is built on. The headroom has now been increased to 13mm along with additional 20mm of increased wheelbase. The boot space is now at 380-litres which is 20 litres more than the previous generation.

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It is being offered in a total of five engines options – two petrol and three diesel engines globally. The 118i engine which is a 1.5-litre, 3-cylinder petrol motor churning out 140bhp with 220Nm of torque. It is mated to a 6-speed manual transmission along with 7-speed DCT.

The more powerful M135i gets a whopping power of 306bhp with 450Nm of peak torque. It is mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.

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The diesel engine power figures remain between 115 bhp to 190 bhp. The lower variants of the diesel engine is available with a choice of 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission whereas the higher end is mated to 8-speed AT gearbox.

Once launched the BMW 1-series will compete with the likes of Mercedes A-class and is expected to be priced around Rs 30 lakh (ex-showroom, Delhi).

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