BMW in India has updated the 1 Series hatchback as it silently added the 2015 model of the car to the company’s model line-up here. Showcased first at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show in March, the new BMW 1 Series comes with updates such as a tweaked powertrain for the Indian market along with significant revisions on the inside and out. The 2015 BMW 1 Series is priced at Rs 29.50 lakh (ex-showroom, New Delhi).
On the aesthetic front, the new 1 Series features all-LED headlamps as standard, a more pronounced ‘kidney-grille’ with twin 9 vertical-slats, aggressive front bumper design, new 17-inch ‘star-spoke’ (5 double-spoke) alloys, new sleeker and stretched LED-taillamps, resculpted rear bumper and a black-chrome exhaust-end. The new 1 Series has also grown larger than before; the length has increased by 5mm to 4329mm. Similarly, the height has increased by 19mm to 1440mm. The width (1765mm) and wheelbase (2690mm) remain the same as before.
The interior of the new 1 Series come with a new centre-console surround matching the trim along with new highlights around the central air-vents and the multi-media controls on the centre-console. Equipment wise, the updated model receives an improved i-Drive system with a new controller and BMW-apps compatibility along with a dual-zone climate control system as standard. Other features and equipment remain unchanged.
Unlike the outgoing model, the new 1 Series is only offered with a diesel motor and in a single variant – 118d Sport Line. Powering the new model is the same 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged diesel unit, but it has been slightly tweaked and it now produces 150PS of maximum power and 320Nm of peak torque (the outgoing model was rated at 145PS/320Nm). Power is sent to rear wheels via an eight-speed automatic gearbox. BMW claims that the 118d delivers a mileage of 23.26 km/l.
The 1 Series is the most-affordable BMW you can buy in the country at the moment. With its compact dimensions and rear-wheel drive layout, the BMW 1 Series is one of the most dynamically sorted driver’s cars in the country. Competition for the 1 Series primarily includes the likes of the Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Volvo V40 in India.
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