The new BMW 1 Series hatchback is scheduled to enter the British showrooms in mid-September after its debut at the Frankfurt Auto Show in the same period. Therefore, the Germans from BMW released the UK pricing of the second generation 1 Series, a model which comes with a starting price of £19,375. The British department of BMW claimed that 2012 should bring sales figures of around 20,000 units for the new 1 Series, but not only for the current variant as the Germans plan to introduce up to six different body styles for the model in question.
“The all-new, second generation BMW 1 Series occupies a distinctive niche within its segment, offering a unique and rewarding combination of agile, precise handling, improved aesthetics and innovative technology,” this is how the Germans describe in few words the new model.
The UK-spec 1 Series will be available with five units, two petrol and three diesel engines to be more precise. All the units are available either with a new eight-speed automatic or the classic six-speed manual transmission. The BMW 116i comes with a 1.6-liter unit producing 136 horsepower and returning a fuel consumption of 49,6mpg UK.
The acceleration from 0 to 100 km/h is possible in 8,5 seconds while the second petrol choice is a more powerful variant of the same engine offering 170 horsepower. This engine fits the 118i, does the 0-100 km/h in 7,4 seconds and comes with a fuel economy of 47,9mpg UK.
On the other side, BMW offers the 116d, 118d and 120d with a 2.0-liter turbo diesel unit with three different outputs, of course. The entry-level version is able to deliver 116 horsepower while the more potent units produce 143 and 184 horses.
In terms of dimensions, the new 1 Series increased over the first generation by 83mm in length and 14mm in width while the luggage capacity is now around 360 liters, an improvement of over 30 liters. Moreover, folding the rear seats will significantly bring some extra space leading to a total capacity of 1,200 liters.
The most expensive version is the BMW 120d with the 184hp engine, the final price rising to £24,720 while the cheapest one is the 116i ES.