BMW Australia has announced pricing details for the facelifted 2016-2017 BMW 1 Series, bringing more power for most models and improved economy.
Starting out the changes is the new 120i. It comes with a 2.0-litre turbo four-cylinder now producing 135kW and 270Nm (up 5kW). This means the 0-100km/h time is cut from 7.2 seconds to 7.1.
Fuel economy has suffered slightly from the increase in performance. The average consumption is increased from 5.7L/100km to 5.8L/100km. It still remains a very efficient yet quick little hatch.
Next up, the 125i update receives a tweaked version of the same 2.0-litre engine as above. Power is lifted from 160kW to 165kW, with 310Nm of torque. This enables the hatch to cover 0-100km/h in just 6.1 seconds (from 6.2). Remarkably, fuel economy improves too, from 6.5L/100km to just 5.9L/100km on the combined cycle.
LED fog lights are now standard on the 125i, along with 18-inch M Sport alloy wheels, front and rear parking sensors, variable sports steering, and either an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual at no extra cost.
Sitting at the top of the range is the new M140i, replacing the M135i. This little beast comes with a 3.0-litre inline six turbo. Power is lifted from 240kW to an impressive 250kW, while torque is raised from 450Nm to a meaty 500Nm. As a result, 0-100km/h comes up in just 4.6 seconds (down from 4.9). It can be had with an eight-speed auto or six-speed manual.
Fuel economy is also improved for the M140i, dropping from 7.5L/100km to just 7.1L/100km. Meanwhile, the standard features list has been enhanced with a 12-speaker harman/kardon sound system, leather seats with heating in the front, along with the Professional grade LCD interface with sat-nav and digital radio.
The 1 Series remains as one of the most affordable premium hatches on the market and certainly the only rear-wheel drive option. The range arrives in Australia during the fourth quarter of this year. Prices exclude on-road costs.
2017 BMW 118i – $36,900 (no change)
2017 BMW 120i – $41,900 (no change)
2017 BMW 125i – $48,900 (no change)
2017 BMW M140i – $64,900 (up $2000)
Current 125i shown