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2015 BMW 1 Series facelift on sale in Australia from $36,900

June 3, 2015

Australian pricing has today been announced for the facelifted 2015 BMW 1 Series, which the Bavarian giant is calling “one of the most comprehensive” mid-cycle updates in recent BMW history.

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The facelift, which was penned by Sydney-born designer Calvin Luk, includes a substantial boost in standard equipment across the range. Standard inclusions across the range now include rear-view camera and ConnectedDrive real-time traffic information.

Opening with the $36,900 118i, the 116i has been dropped and the 120i now sits where the 118i used to. The new 118i uses a 1.6-litre turbo four-cylinder producing 100kW and 220Nm, capable of 0-100km/h in 8.7 seconds, while the 120i comes with an enhanced 1.6 producing 130kW and 250Nm (5kW more than the previous 118i).

All new 1 Series models come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the Sport Line specification is now standard on 118i, 118d and 120i. The 125i meanwhile, gets the M-Sport package standard, with upgraded brakes, suspension, 18-inch alloys and aerodynamic bodykit additions. The stonking twin-turbo inline-six powered M135i remains the flagship at $62,900. It unleashes 235kW and 450Nm, and is capable of 0-100km/h in 4.9 seconds.

Last year, Australians bought more than 2300 1 Series models – the best sales year since the little rear-drive hatch was introduced. The revised 1 Series is part of a bumper launch year for the BMW, that also includes the new X6, 2 Series convertible, front-wheel drive 2 Series Active Tourer as well as the X5M and X6M SUVs.

Australia misses out on the B38 turbo three-cylinder engines available in Europe, but pricing cuts on all but the base models combine with the increased standard equipment to sweeten the value equation.

The new model officially goes on sale in June. See below for the variant lineup, standard equipment, and pricing (excluding on-road costs):

BMW 118i – $36,900
BMW 118d – $40,300

  • 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 – $41,900

  • 17-inch alloy wheels
  • Interior mirror with 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 – $48,900

  • 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 – $62,900

  • 18-inch M alloy wheels
  • M Performance
  • Adaptive M suspension
  • Adaptive LED headlights
  • Navigation Professional
  • DAB+ digital radio
  • HiFi loudspeaker system
  • Leather upholstery

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Mitchell is a contributing journalist and features writer at PerformanceDrive. He has been a passionate petrol-head from a very young age. He is excited by the future of the industry, and considers himself as a bit of a fanatic when it comes to the technical aspects of cars. He is also fascinated by new cars that are popping up in developing markets.