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All-new, 4th gen BMW 1 Series hatch here soon

The all-new BMW 1 Series hatch will launch in New Zealand at the end of 2024, bringing new generation styling, powertrains, advanced automated driving functions, digital solutions and a dramatically expanded standard specification list.

BMW New Zealand’s launch portfolio for the fourth generation 1 Series includes the 120 as the entry variant and the M135 xDrive as the flagship. The new BMW 1 Series heralds a new era for BMW model nomenclature. Naming of the variants includes removal of the ‘i’, which previously stood for petrol injection. The ‘i’ will in future be reserved exclusively for fully electric BMW models.

The 120 is powered by a TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder engine – producing 115kW and 240Nm – and integrates 48-volt mild hybrid technology that enhances its efficiency and spontaneous power delivery.
The new engine combines with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with dual clutch and drives the front wheels.

The M135 xDrive features an M TwinPower Turbo engine that develops 233kW and 400Nm, with the 0-100km/h time achieved in just 4.9-seconds. The performance offering drives all four wheels via its xDrive system, and now with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with dual clutch, replacing the eight-speed Sport Steptronic transmission. Both power units combine strong performance with high levels of efficiency according to the WLTP testing cycle. Locally homologated fuel consumption figures will be announced in due course.

The dynamic and sporty aura of the 1 Series is emphasised by its long bonnet, a set-back positioned passenger cell, dynamically flowing roofline and a powerful, squat rear end. Exterior length has increased by 42mm to 4,361mm and height by 25mm to 1,459mm. Vehicle width is 1,800mm and the wheelbase is 2,670mm. The exterior styling package of the M135 xDrive includes exclusive elements, such as M radiator grille with horizontal bars, M exterior mirror caps and quad exhaust tailpipes.

The new interior offers a premium ambience, leather-free materials as standard and generous space for up to five occupants. Newly designed seats offer a high level of comfort and support, while multiple upholstery options will be available to add a distinctive touch to the cabin.

Other aspects include a new steering wheel, redesigned gear selector and adoption of the BMW Curved Display, which integrates a high-definition 10.25-inch Information Display and 10.7-inch Control Display.
The quantity of buttons and controls in the cockpit has also been reduced thanks to the consistent use of digital technology. Air conditioning for example is now controlled digitally.

A headline aspect of the interior is the latest version of BMW iDrive – based on Operating System 9 – with QuickSelect for intuitive and convenient operation of vehicle functions. The new home screen shows function icons vertically arranged on the same level, and the configurable QuickSelect widgets enable direct access to functions without the need to switch to a submenu.

The driving experience is enhanced for the fourth generation BMW 1 Series thanks to key changes under the skin. Increased rigidity of the body structure and chassis connection deliver enhanced agility, steering precision and cornering dynamics.

The revised chassis includes optimised kinematics, highly preloaded anti-roll bar mounts and new shock absorber technology. The caster of the front wheels has been increased by 20 per cent, ensuring stable directional stability and optimised steering feedback. In addition to the directly controlled wheel slip limitation, the new BMW 1 Series also features an integrated braking system. The BMW 120 comes with 18-inch M light-alloy wheels, while the M135 xDrive features 19-inch M light-alloy wheels.

An extensive array of automated driving and parking systems are fitted as standard. Highlights from an entry variant perspective include Driving Assistant and Driving Assistant Plus with Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go, front collision warning, Lane Departure Warning, Lane Change Warning, Exit Warning and Speed Limit Information, as well as the Parking Assistant Plus with surround view camera, Reversing Assistant and BMW Drive Recorder. The M135 xDrive will feature Driving Assistant Professional. This highly advanced, fully integrated system includes all the technologies listed above, as well as Steering and Lane Control Assistant.

The BMW 1 Series will arrive in BMW New Zealand showrooms by the end of the year, with pricing and in-depth specification detail to be revealed in July.

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One Response

  1. Where is this made? BMW seem now to be making cars in various countries including China, The country of Origin is something that needs to be disclosed. What is its maximum tongue download? The last BMW we bought was made in China which was not disclosed before purchase and was thought to be able to carry both of our e-bikes on the tow hitch.
    Turned out it could not.

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