BMW 1 Series in India – Features and details

The BMW 1 Series is now launched in India and pricing starts from Rs. 20.9 lakhs. This is the smallest car of the company and it ably maintains the ethos of sheer driving pleasure that is the hallmark of the BMW Series. In fact, this is the point on which the company is placing the greatest emphasis – the fact that in spite of its size it is still committed to deliver the highest level of performance.

The car is powered by two motors. There is the 1.6 liter twin turbo petrol motor that delivers a maximum power of 134 bhp and a peak torque of 220 Nm. This variant takes a mere 8.7 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph and has a top speed of 210 kmph. The other option is 2.0 liter twin turbo diesel motor which delivers a maximum power of 141 bhp and a peak torque of 320 Nm. This variant takes 8.6 seconds to accelerate from 0 to 100 kmph and has a top speed of 212 kmph. Both the engines are mated with eight speed steptronic automatic transmission with no option for manual transmission.

The car is 4324 cm long, 1984 cm wide and 1421 cm high. It has a wheelbase of 2690 mm. This short and low stance coupled with the lightweight construction of the car helps in convenient handling. In addition, it is a rear wheel drive and comes with a 50:50 weight distribution which further aids in handling. The car comes in four variants. Three of them come with 16 inch wheel while the highest trim level comes with 17 inch wheel. The servotronic electric steering, Sport and Sport+ driving modes help to handle the car easily.

The prices of the four variants are as follows:

  • BMW 1-Series 116i: Rs 20.90 Lakh
  • BMW 1-Series 118d: Rs 22.90 Lakh
  • BMW 1-Series 118d Sportline: Rs 25.90 Lakh
  • BMW 1-Series 118d Sportline Plus: Rs 29.90 Lakh

The BMW 1 Series comes with a number of sophisticated features both in the interior and the exterior. The standard exterior features include automatic headlamps with front fog lamps, run flat tyres and rear parking distance sensors. The Sport and Sport Plus models have black high gloss slats on the grille while the black chrome tailpipe adds to the sophisticated look of the car. The highest trim is the Sport plus model. The additional exterior features of this trim includes anti dazzle mirrors and xenon headlights with washers.

The interior of the car has been designed keeping comfort and style in mind. The standard model includes air conditioning, CD player with aux and the start stop button. The black cloth upholstery with silver trim looks truly elegant while the leather wrapped multifunction steering wheel grabs your attention. In the Sport and Sport+ models, the badge of BMW Sport is proudly embossed on the sills. The black sports seats at the front with contrast stitching, black gloss interior trim with red highlights and sliding front armrests make the car look extremely elegant. The two zone air conditioning adds to the comfort and the glass roof offers a spacious feel. In the Sports+ model, these are joined by anti dazzling interior mirror, interior lighting package, hi-fi speaker system and Bluetooth with USB connectivity.

Several safety features have been incorporated in the BMW 1 Series. These include six airbags, anti lock braking system with stability control and traction control, side impact protection and cornering brake control. The car has obtained 5 star Euro NCAP rating for its safety features.

The car has appeared in the Indian market on 3rd September, 2013.

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