The third-gen BMW 1-Series is overhauled, adopting FWD for the first time


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For the very first time in 15 years, the BMW 1-Series will be coming as a front-wheel drive. Its exterior & interior design also experiences noticeable upgrades as well. Check the pics below!

1. Third-gen BMW 1-Series: a strong resemblance to BMW X2

The new BMW 1-Series has been debuted on a front-wheel drive platform. Naijauto gathered that this new 1-Series is the first of its variant to be built as an FWD for 15 years.

BMW rebuilt the interior and exterior designs of the new model for its third generation. It also has a conspicuous similarity to the luxury BMW X2.On the fascia, you'll see sharp headlights and an enlarged kidney grille installed. And its rear gets glittering LED taillights, range-topping M135i guise, and diffuser housing the twin tailpipes.

According to BMW, the new design that the 1-Series came with, has helped to boost its interior space. To that end, passengers that occupy the rear now has extra headroom by 19 mm, additional legroom of 33 mm and more elbowroom of 13 mm. New features added also include cargo space now at 380 liters. The new space is more spacious than its former model by 20 liters. When you fold the back bench seat down, the rear cargo space will come at 1200 liters.


The new model of BMW 1-Series has extra cargo space than the outgoing ones

2. Other remarkable features on the newcomer - BMW 1-Series

For the first time, the BMW 1-Series will feature an electric panoramic roof and it has some useful cubby spaces which can be found near the gearshift lever, having options for wireless charging.

BMW's latest iDrive operating system 7.0 is available in the 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Also added is a 10.25-inch digital gauge cluster. An optional feature included is a 9.2-inch BMW head-up display.


BMW's latest iDrive operating system 7.0 is available in the 10.25-inch infotainment screen

For the European market, two petrol variants and three diesel engines will be made available during the launch, for them to choose from. Starting from the diesel range, there's the 116d which has 116 hp altogether. The others are the 118d, together with the 120d xDrive.And coming to the petrol range, it’s the range-topping M135i xDrive and the BMW 118i. The M135 xDrive runs on a powerful six-cylinder engine while having 302 hp. And having combined launch control and all-wheel drive, the M135 xDrive gets to drive for 62 mph (that's 100 km/h) in 4.8 seconds.

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The European market has 2 petrol variants and 3 diesel engines available during the launch

The two diesel models, 116d and 118d, together with the petrol model, 118i has a standard 6-speed manual transmission. A 7-speed dual-clutch gearbox can be installed on the 116d diesel model and the 118i petrol model. For the 120d xDrive, an 8-speed Steptronic transmission comes as an option. The M135i model will be put up for sale with the 8-speed Steptronic Sport box.

Safety systems coming as an option is a lane departure warning system which has active lane return, Lane change warning, collision and pedestrian warning with city brake activation, and rear collision warning. Again, other features that are optional also include a rearview camera, Park Distance Control and Parking Assistant function.

The new BMW 1-Series will start selling in the European market in September while prices will be made known at a later date.

The BMW 1-Series now on an FWD platform

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