BMW’s updated 1 Series hatch, revealed in January, will land in Australia this month with new looks, new features and a revised model spread.
With refreshed styling penned by Sydney-born Calvin Luk, the 1 Series update's standout visual tweaks include new headlights, new tail lamps and new bumpers at both ends.
For the 2016 model year, the 1 Series again kicks off from $36,900, but there’s a twist: the 116i and 118i names of the previous range have been replaced by new 118i and 120i badges.
That means that while the 118i name continues, it is now the entry model, offering the same price point and 100kW/220Nm 1.6 litre turbo engine previously listed with the 116i.
Likewise, the previous $43,000 118i is now the more affordable $41,900 120i, and power from its 1.6 litre turbo petrol engine is boosted by 5kW to 130kW. Torque is unchanged at 250Nm.
The 118d carries on with the same familiar name, driven again by a 2.0 litre turbo diesel offering 110kW and 320Nm. It also benefits from a price cut, dropping from $43,000 to $40,300.
The more powerful 125i likewise continues with the same name and 160kW/310Nm 2.0 litre turbo engine, although its price has increased $900 to $48,900.
The 125i’s price rice brings a handy upgrade, however, with the M Sport kit now standard. In the previous range, the 125i M Sport was priced at $51,000.
The upgrade means the 125i is now equipped with M Sport brakes, suspension, aerodynamics package and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The M135i remains the 1 Series flagship, and buyers will now benefit from a price drop to $62,900 - down from $64,930.
Again available in eight-speed auto and six-speed manual form, the M135i benefits from a 5kW boost to 240kW, while torque holds steady at 450Nm.
Standard kit has been enhanced across the range, while a rear-view camera and the Sport Line trim package is now included with BMW 118i, 118d and 120i.
The updated 1 Series launches this month. Watch for TMR’s review to come next week.
BMW 118i & BMW 118d
- 16-inch alloy wheels
- Sport Line
- Cloth upholstery
- Eight-speed Steptronic transmission
- Navigation Business
- Rear View Camera
- Rear Park Distance Control
- Sport steering wheel
- Rain sensor
- ConnectedDrive Lifestyle
- ConnectedDrive Real Time Traffic Information
BMW 120i (in addition to BMW 118i, BMW 118d)
- 17-inch alloy wheels
- Interior mirror w/ anti-dazzle function
- Storage package
- Fog lights
- Extended climate control
- Interior lights pack
- Extended Smartphone connectivity
- Driving Assistant
- Extended instrument cluster
- Sensatec upholstery
BMW 125i (in addition to 120i)
- 18-inch alloy wheels
- Eight-speed sport automatic transmission
- M Sport package
- M Sport brakes
- Variable sport steering
- Exterior mirrors w/ anti-dazzle function and fold
- LED headlights
- Front and Rear Park Distance Control
- Alcantara/Cloth upholstery
BMW M135i (in addition to 125i)
- 18-inch M alloy wheels
- M Performance
- Adaptive M Suspension
- Adaptive LED headlights
- Navigation Professional
- DAB+ Digital Radio
- HiFi loudspeaker system
- Leather upholstery
PRICING (excludes on-road costs)
- BMW 118i - $36,900
- BMW 118d - $40,300
- BMW 120i - $41,900
- BMW 125i - $48,900
- BMW M135i - $62,900