BMW Officially Launches New 1 Series In Singapore

BY Joel Tam

Performance Motors held the official launch of the all-new BMW 1 Series at their showroom this evening. The car will be available in two variants; BMW 116i and BMW 118i.

BMW Asia Press info

This second generation entry-level BMW model has achieved maturity, offering an even better balance between sportiness and driving comfort, improved functionality, and numerous driver assistance systems previously available only in higher segments.
“The premium compact BMW 1 Series is already synonymous with driving pleasure. Now, the all-new BMW 1 Series offers state-of-the-art engine and suspension technology, further improvements in fuel efficiency, significantly more space and an innovative range of features and equipment. By building on the strengths of its predecessor which has already sold more than one million units worldwide, we are confident that the new BMW 1 Series will be just as well received,” said Mr Neil Fiorentinos, Managing Director of BMW Group Asia.

The body of the new BMW 1 Series is 85 millimetres longer than its predecessor at 4,324 millimetres, while the wheelbase has widened by 30 millimetres to 2,690 millimetres. The car also looks more powerful because its overall width has increased by 17 millimetres to 1,765 millimetres, while its height remains unchanged at 1,421 millimetres. The rear seats have 21 millimetres more legroom, and the luggage compartment has expanded by 30 litres to 360 litres.

The design of the new generation is a powerful expression of the latest technological advances. The model’s fresh, youthful image has been stylishly updated, using the latest BMW design language. The BMW 1 Series is also the first model to be offered with the BMW Sport Line and BMW Urban Line, providing exclusive opportunities for personalization.

The new BMW 1 Series features the new generation 4-cylinder petrol engine with the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. Not only does this new generation petrol engine offer a sporty feel, but it also has exceptionally low fuel consumption and CO2 emissions. The new BMW 1 Series also comes with the wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics technology such as Brake Energy Re-generation, electromechanical servo-assisted steering, as well as the unique-in-its-class features including the Eight-speed automatic transmission with the Automatic Start / Stop function and ECO PRO mode.

“Apart from its sporty new look, the new BMW 1 Series remains a leader in fuel economy thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics technology. It is also the first time that a BMW car is available with a 1.6-litre engine capacity, which effectively qualifies us for the small-car COE category (Category A). This enables us to extend our existing outreach to an even greater target audience, specifically those in search of a small premium car capable of the sheer driving pleasure that BMW is so famous for,” added Mr Fiorentinos.

The 1.6-litre petrol engines making their debut in the BMW 116i and BMW 118i models use BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, consisting of a twin-scroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC and Double-VANOS. The forced-induction system uses the twin-scroll principle, with separate ducts both in the exhaust manifold and the turbocharger itself, each serving one pair of two cylinders. Output is also boosted by VALVETRONIC variable valve control, which is fully integrated into the cylinder head, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft control on the intake and exhaust sides. The new petrol engines are also unusually fuel-efficient, thanks mainly to High Precision Injection.

The four-cylinder engine of the new BMW 118i, which has an all-aluminium crankcase, has a maximum output of 170 hp at 4,800 rpm, and a maximum torque of 250 Nm at between 1,500 and 4,500 rpm. It is exceptionally responsive, accelerating the car from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds and on to a maximum speed of 222 km/h. Improved efficiency is reflected in combined-cycle fuel consumption of 5.8 litres per 100 kilometres and CO2 emissions of 134 grams per kilometre (EU combined test cycle).

The new BMW 116i’s four-cylinder engine provides significantly improved driving dynamics compared to the predecessor model. It has an output of 136 hp at 4,400 rpm and a maximum torque of 220 Nm between 1,350 and 4,300 rpm. The car takes 9.1 seconds to reach 100 km/h from a standing start, and has a maximum speed of 210 km/h. The new BMW 116i’s fuel consumption over the combined cycle is 5.6 per 100 kilometres, and its CO2 emissions are 131 grams per kilometre (EU combined test cycle).

The new BMW 1 Series is the first car to feature the new BMW Lines, opening up a whole new world of possibilities for personalization. An exclusive range of equipment options, colour schemes and materials for the interior and exterior equipment help to show off the dynamic design and technological sophistication of the new BMW 1 Series to best advantage. All the components of the BMW Lines are matched down to the last detail, and create a striking visual impact. Other individually customizable features include a choice of seat coverings, interior trims and accent strips and light-alloy wheels.