BMW will launch a new range of four-pot engines for the five-door BMW 1-series from March

BMW will launch a new range of engines for the five-door BMW 1-series from March. These include a new four-cylinder petrol unit that slots into the 125i and two new diesels, which will be used in the 125d and 116d Efficient Dynamics.

BMW’s new 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo four-pot produces 218bhp at 5000rpm and 229lb ft of torque available between 1350 and 4800rpm. On the combined cycle, BMW claims 42.8mpg with 154g/km Co2 emissions. This sits the car in road tax band G, which costs £165 per year.

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The revised 2.0-litre diesel engine for the 125d (which replaces the 123d) also produces 218bhp, making it 13bhp and 50lb ft more powerful than its predecessor. The sprint to 62mph is dispatched in 6.5sec and flat out, the 125d will hit 149mph. When mated to BMW’s 8-speed automatic gearbox, the car will achieve 58.9mpg and 126g/km Co2, which will set you back £95 in road tax.

BMW’s most frugal new offering to the line-up – the 116d EfficientDynamics – delivers 116bhp at 4000rpm and 192lb ft of torque between 1750 and 2500rpm. Fitted with a six-speed manual ‘box, the 116d ED undercuts the crucial 100g/km Co2 marker (at 99g/km), while realising up to 74mpg. The road tax-exempt and London Congestion Charge-free 116d ED has a top speed of 121mph, with 62mph from standing reached in 10.5sec.

On top of its new engine line-up, BMW has also launched its Blue Performance tech for the 120d. Thanks to an additional nitrogen oxide (NOX) catalyst storage, the 120d Blue Performance already meets the EU6 emissions standard, which takes effect in 2014.

Read our BMW 120d first drive review

From March, the five-door 1-series will be available in M Sports trim. Features include a 10mm lower ride height, revised spring and shock absorber rates and beefier anti-roll bars. An M Sports break pack comes as an option (excluding 125i and 125d models) and comprises aluminium multi-piston-fixed calipers finished in dark blue metallic and larger lightweight brake discs.

External features include either 17 or 18-inch M alloys, an M aerodynamic package and high-gloss touches. Inside, M Sport models get an M-spec leather steering wheel, aluminium flourishes and Anthracite and Alcantara sports seats.

The all-new BMW 3-series, which arrives in February, also benefits from new four-pot engines from March. On top of the 3-series’ launch line-up will be the petrol-powered 184bhp 320i and two diesels - the 143bhp 118d and 116bhp 116d.

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16 January 2012

With the 2.0 turbo petrol the 1series could become more interesting. Despite the not great reviews I drove the 120d and it handles well enough. The problems are the looks, and in the flesh it manages to be worse than in photo.

16 January 2012

[quote matsoc]The problems are the looks, and in the flesh it manages to be worse than in photo.[/quote] i actually think the opposite! i reckon it's much better in the flesh...

the new twin turbo diesel looks good.

16 January 2012

New engines so soon after the 1 was launched?

Continual product development is something I appreciate with BMW, rather than waiting for the mid-life facelift.

Looking forward to a review of the M-sport on its big wheels and sport suspension. Although I agree with il sole that it looks better in the flesh, the M-sport nose almost makes it positively good looking. At least from the front.


16 January 2012

[quote Johnny English]Looking forward to a review of the M-sport on its big wheels and sport suspension. [/quote]

I have a feeling this may be the making of the 1 series from enthusiasts point of view.

The only down side is in five years time, trying to find the correct spec on the second hand market! Much preferred it when all BMW's handled well from the outset.

 

 

It's all about the twisties........

16 January 2012

[quote il sole]i actually think the opposite! i reckon it's much better in the flesh...[/quote]

I understand, many who saw it think the same. I liked the old one but I can't stand the new one. The old one was a little too small inside and the 3series seemed a better choice because it also drove much better. With the growing of the 3series this one became more interesting for me but I would really liked if Bmw have kept a more personal styling like the old car.

16 January 2012

I can't say seeing it in the flesh changed my mind at all, it's still infuriatingly ugly (infuriating as I love the way any 6 cylinder bmw drives). File with new civic under U for ugly. Shame as the new engines sound interesting

16 January 2012

I think it is actually highly colour-sensitive. Looks less awful in black and grey, maybe because it ends to disappear into the background...

Given those numbers I may have to get a 125d to replace my E91, and just make sure I always park it out of sight.

16 January 2012

[quote Johnny English]New engines so soon after the 1 was launched?[/quote] Is it not more a case of additional engines rather than replacements? Which is usual for manufacturers to do. Especially as they will be used in the new 3 series which is just launching [quote il sole][quote matsoc]The problems are the looks, and in the flesh it manages to be worse than in photo.[/quote] i actually think the opposite! i reckon it's much better in the flesh...[/quote] I was thinking the same! Looks have certainly grown on me. It is by no means beautiful, but it isn't as bad as first feared

16 January 2012

[quote superstevie]Is it not more a case of additional engines rather than replacements? Which is usual for manufacturers to do.[/quote]

Partly, yes. But reading the Autocar article suggests that the 125d is replacing the 123d.


16 January 2012

[quote il sole]

[quote matsoc]The problems are the looks, and in the flesh it manages to be worse than in photo.[/quote] i actually think the opposite! i reckon it's much better in the flesh...

the new twin turbo diesel looks good.

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I also think it looks a lot better in the flesh, in fact the only part of the design I really have a problem with is the headlights. They should have done something with the front more like the new 3 series.

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