The sporty and elegant design of the new three-door model, along with additional engine choices, are distinguishing features that sharpen the unmistakable profile of the BMW 1 Series as the recognized standard of sheer driving pleasure in the premium compact car segment. Powerful petrol and diesel engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, the latest chassis design and rear-wheel drive, which is unique for a vehicle in this class, guarantee a sporty driving experience which is reflected in the dynamic and lean appearance of the new three-door BMW 1 Series. This sportiness is especially evident in the first BMW M Performance automobile for the compact segment: the BMW M135i is a top-ranking vehicle thanks to its straight six- cylinder petrol engine with M Performance TwinPower Turbo technology and 235 kW/320 hp, along with its typical M precision-engineered and high- performance chassis, not to mention the optimized aerodynamics of the body style and an exclusive interior design.
A new entry-level model, the BMW 114i equipped with a straight four-cylinder engine delivering 75 kW/102 hp, is also being launched. Two additional models having petrol engines and four diesel versions – including the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition with 85 kW/116 hp and a CO2 rating of 99 grams per kilometre – round off the new line of BMW 1 Series three-door models that are being introduced. The BMW M135i and the BMW 114i will also be available as 5-door models. Except for the BMW 114i and the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics Edition, all models in the BMW 1 Series can be delivered with a unique eight-speed automatic transmission as an option. Furthermore, the Auto Start/Stop function is available for both manual and automatic transmissions. The BMW EfficientDynamics technology package also includes the ECO PRO mode, which can be activated via the Driving Experience Control button that is standard on all models. The intelligent xDrive four-wheel drive technology will also be offered for the new BMW 1 Series in the future. The BMW 120d xDrive and the BMW M135i xDrive will be the first 1 Series models to have this four-wheel drive technology.
The dynamic and stretched lines of the three-door BMW 1 Series create a silhouette that is unmistakable in the compact car segment and which also gives this vehicle its own distinctive look, distinguishing it from the 5-door model. Wide doors with frameless windows, with a holistic appearance that even spans across the B pillar, along with an especially low and flat roofline, contribute to the sporty and elegant character of the vehicle. For those customers wanting a more individual and exclusive version of the BMW 1 Series, the new three-door model is offered in the BMW Sport Line and the BMW Urban Line versions with special options and equipment. What's more, an M Sport package is also available for the new BMW 1 Series three-door model.
Like the 5-door version, the new three-door BMW 1 Series offers increased agility and driving comfort compared to the previous model. The interior is also more spacious. For example, the new three-door BMW 1 Series can be configured with a choice of seating for two or three passengers in the rear compartment. The exclusive look and feel of the interior, the wide range of standard features and equipment that even includes air conditioning, along with the many optional driver assistance systems and BMW ConnectedDrive mobility services available, underscore the premium status and progressive character of the new three-door BMW 1 Series.
The new three-door BMW 1 Series is immediately recognizable as a dynamic and sporty individualist in the premium compact segment. The long bonnet, the aft-set passenger compartment, the long wheelbase and short overhangs are typical design elements that make this vehicle a genuine BMW when viewed from any angle. Yet at the same time, the new BMW 1 Series has its own young and sporty design language, giving the compact three-door model an individual personality of its very own. When viewed from the side, the flowing lines of the body exemplify the vehicle's athletic grace. This sporty and elegant appearance authentically expresses the balance of agility and comfort that is epitomized by this vehicle.
Like the 5-door model, the front of the new three-door BMW 1 Series is dominated by the large BMW kidney grille, the contoured headlight units and a three-part air intake. The grille leans forward to underscore the dynamic character of the new compact model, and the three-dimensional surfaces surrounding the kidney create vibrant light effects. The upper edge of the dual round headlights is partially covered by accentuating trim, or with LED accent lighting if the vehicle is equipped with optional Bi-Xenon headlights. The front turn indicators are integrated in the inner light rings of the headlights; the side indicators are integrated in the exterior mirrors.
The characteristic attribute of the body styling of the three-door model is seen in the sporty and elegant side profile of the vehicle, which is dominated by the wide doors. The frameless door windows and the rear side windows form a consistent and holistic visual element that extends into the rear end, thus emphasizing the dynamic appearance of the vehicle. This impression is further underlined by a visible curved indentation near the Hofmeister kink at the base of the C pillar. This makes the extended roofline appear extremely flat. The protruding contoured edge of the side skirt and the sweeping line along the lower door surface suggest dynamic forward motion combined with a road- hugging stance. The characteristic drive concept of the compact BMW can be seen in the bold styling of the rear wheel arches.
The wide rear quarter panels end flush with the wheels so that the powerful stature of the new three-door BMW 1 Series is distinctly highlighted when viewed from the rear. The tail lights, which are positioned far to each side, are surrounded by a three-dimensional bezel. If the vehicle is equipped with the optional Xenon headlights, the package also includes tail lights that are comprised of L-shaped LED light banks. The third brake light is integrated in the roof spoiler. The contours of both the rear apron and the front bumper are dominated by V-shaped lines that draw the eye down toward the road surface, creating a perspective that emphasizes the stable and road-hugging stance of the new three-door BMW 1-Series.
The dynamic lines and surface contours of the driver-centric cockpit are typical BMW and create a sense of forward thrust and movement – all interior elements are made of premium materials which add to the upscale flair of the new three-door BMW 1 Series. The design of the spacious interior is sporty and functional, just perfect for sheer driving pleasure. The instrument panel, centre console and door panels reflect the layering concept that dominates the look and feel of the interior. These component sections overlap to create the impression of a holistic and organic structure comprised of matching individual modules.
In conjunction with an optional navigation system and the BMW Professional radio, the new three-door BMW 1 Series is equipped with the BMW iDrive control system. In addition to the controller located on the centre console, the system features a freestanding flat-screen monitor. Depending on the model selected, a control display measuring 6.5 inches or 8.8 inches is integrated in the instrument panel.
The front seats are equipped with the standard Easy Entry function, giving passengers convenient access to the rear compartment. With large door pockets, a spacious glove compartment and two cup holders on the centre console, there is ample space for stowing travel items. An optional storage package is available that includes compartments in the rear side panels as well as net pockets on the backs of the front seats. The 360-litre luggage compartment can be expanded up to 1,200 litres by folding down the 60: 40 split rear seat backrest. If the optional through-loading system is ordered, the rear backrest can be folded down in a 20: 40 configuration.
The BMW Sport Line is distinguished by exterior elements finished in high-gloss black: the kidney grille slats, the strut and the bezels for the inlet vents, as well as the trim on the rear bumper. Other equipment includes 16-inch light alloy star-spoke wheels, black trim for the exhaust pipe and door sill finishers with aluminium inserts and “BMW Sport” lettering. Other additional options are mirror caps in high-gloss black and 17-inch light alloy bi-color wheels. Among the exclusive interior design features are sport seats with selected upholstery, a sport leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a sliding armrest, high-gloss black interior trim and accent trim in matt Red Coral. The look of the instrument cluster is distinguished by special chronoscales and digits. The car key is accented in red. The tone of the ambient interior lighting can be switched between orange and white, and there is additional lighting for the centre console and the footwells.
The three-door BMW 1 Series can be delivered with the BMW Urban Line package, which is easy to recognize with chrome kidney grille slats having white sides, as well as a white strut across the front centre air intake. Exclusively in conjunction with the BMW Urban Line, the bezels for the front inlet vents at each side are finished in the color of the vehicle. Additional individualism is achieved with the white trim strip on the rear bumper, 16-inch light alloy V-spoke wheels or optional 17-inch wheels with a white, gloss-lathed finish, and door sill finishers with aluminium inserts and “BMW Urban” lettering. White exterior mirror caps are also offered as an option. The exclusive flair of the interior is highlighted with selected cloth or leather seats, a sport leather steering wheel, a sliding armrest and interior trim made of innovative acrylic glass. Other interior trim choices include white or black with accent lines in matt Oxide Silver. The BMW Urban Line package also offers mood lighting effects with ambient and welcome lights in the color variations orange and LED Royal Blue or white and Royal Blue. Lights on the B-pillar intensify the experience. The car key features white detailing.