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New BMW 1 Series Preview

The new BMW 1 Series is wrapped-up in a box.

By Stephen Turvil
Aug 04, 2011
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The new BMW 1 Series is wrapped-up in a box. This cardboard housing sits behind a large sign that says, 'not to be opened until September 17th 2011'. Fair enough, we can wait – but what are this second generation's advantages over the out-going model? It is larger, for starters, so motorists benefit from more cabin space. Its boot has grown by 30- litres too, so folding the rear seats flat means its capacity is now a versatile 1,200-litres.

The new BMW 1 Series looks similar to its predecessor, so there are some nice sporty touches. The kidney-shaped grill leans forward creating a purposeful stance, and the headlights make this rear-wheel-drive beauty look alert. This five-door fashion statement also has a slopping roof and angled rear window to make it stand out. Just as well, as prices range from £19,375 to £24,720. Ouch! You can buy a 3 Series from only £22,695.

Hidden in the cardboard box is a range of revised engines, including two petrol and three diesels units. The main headline is that – at some point after launch – the new 1 Series will be available in 116d EfficientDynamics form. This is expected to average a mighty 74.3mpg, and its emissions may be as low as 99g/km. If this specification becomes a reality, motorists will be able to tax the car free of charge. Come on BMW, open the box.

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By Stephen Turvil
Aug 04, 2011