Mike Stevens | Sep 18, 2012

BMW's European-market 1 Series range will soon be joined by a new pair of all-wheel-drive models, along with a new entry-level diesel offering.

The new all-paw options are the diesel-powered 120d xDrive, along with a new performance boss in the form of the petrol M135i xDrive.

In the top-shelf M135i xDrive, the system will see the hatch's 0-100km/h time improved over the RWD model, shaving 0.2 seconds with the auto and 0.4 seconds for the manual, now down to 4.7 seconds.

Power provision in the M135i remains the work of BMW's 3.0 litre turbo six, 235kW and 450Nm of torque. Fuel consumption is listed at 7.8 l/100km.

For the diesel-engined 120d xDrive, the regular 2.0 litre turbo four is mated to the all-wheel-drive tech for a 7.2 second 0-100km/h time and fuel consumption between 4.7 and 4.8 l/100km on the combined cycle.

BMW's all-wheel-drive system gives both cars a 60 percent rear and 40 percent front torque split in regular driving, shifting torque to whichever axle needs it the most as conditions demand.

A new 114d entry-level model will also join the European line-up, its 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine producing 70kW and 235Nm of torque.

A 12.2-second run to 100km/h is promised, and fuel consumption is listed between 4.1 and 4.3 l/100km on the combined cycle.

the 114d's low fuel use is helped by BMW's EfficientDynamics technologies, including brake energy recuperation, engine start/stop, electromechanical power steering and auto air flap control.

 

Australia

As with other xDrive models (outside of the SUV ranges) and ultra-efficient models in the overseas BMW range, don't expect this trio to hit Australia.

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