BMW showcased the third generation of its much popular compact model, the 1-Series, code named as F-40 today. This 1-Series incorporates BMW’s new front wheel drive architecture, infusing BMW’s much famed driving dynamics and has significant increase in the interior space.
The third generation of the BMW 1-Series will be unveiled to the general public for the first time on 25-27 June 2019 on the new BMW Group #NEXTGen presentation platform at BMW Welt in Munich, while the worldwide launch would be on 28th September 2019.
Available, in 5 door version only, this all new 1-Series, is five millimeters shorter than its predecessor at 4319 mm. In terms of width, it has grown by 34 millimeters, while its height has increased by 13 millimeters. At 2670 mm, the wheelbase is 20 millimeters shorter than the model it replaces.
Let’s take a look at what’s new otherwise in this third generation 1-Series
On the exteriors, the first thing that you will notice is the hallmark BMW Grill. The signature BMW Kidney grille is now larger, with far greater presence. For the first time in this model range, the two kidneys now merge in the middle. The headlights are now angled in design and lend the car a fresh and youthful feel. Full LED Headlights are optional with adaptive guise.
Moving to the rear, the flanks of the all new BMW 1-Series stand out first and foremost with the familiar and clearly defined- BMW shark nose, a strong hint of wedge shape and a slim window graphic culminating in the C-pillar with ever traditional Hofmeister kink. The optional all LED rear lights provide a striking look to the rear with much familiar “L” Design courtesy of a single, slim light element with a striking sweep to the side.
While the earlier generation of 1-Series missed on the sunroof, this one comes with a panoramic sun-roof which aids to lighting up the cabin. Feature list this time is quite impressive in this 1-Series too. It gets grouped control clusters for climate controls, wireless charging for smart phones, BMW operating system 7.0 for gesture controls, two virtual displays each having a diagonal screen measuring 10.25 inch, added to which, the full color, 9.2 inch BMW Head-Up Display, which makes its debut in the 1-Series, BMW Digital Key and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant first seen in the 3 also makes its way here, and last but not the list, automated parking assisted would be a feature available as optional on the 1.
On launch, there would be 4 variants to choose from, and basis the variants chosen, the exterior and the interior package would vary. The base model followed by the Luxury Line, then the Sport Line model followed by the top of the line M-Sport Variant. For this 4 models, there would be a choice of three diesel engines and two petrol engines from launch. Three diesel and two petrol units would be available developing right from 116 PS of power, in the BMW 116D variant to 306 PS of power in the BMW M135i xDrive variant. The engine options globally available would be- 118i, M135i xDrive, 116d, 118d, 120d xDrive.
BMW did launch the 1-Series in India, but eventually had to pull the plug owing to poor sales. This time around, the new third generation BMW 1-Series looks formidable. Should BMW decides to bring it in India, at a right price point with right features, and with modern cities becoming congested, and customers starting to move up the premium ladder, the new BMW 1-Series, may just find quite a few takers in our country. BMW are you listening.