Up front the signature kidney grille has been redesigned while there are larger air intakes. The headlights are also more flat and come with LED daytime lights. The rear lights have also been completely remodelled to display the "L" shape of BMW models.
There is now automatic air conditioning, BMW Radio Professional and BMW iDrive with a 6.5-inch screen fitted as standard along with a rain sensor. Design changes inside include a remodelled upper centre console with the controls for the radio and climate control system now easier to access.
The selection of engines available for the new BMW 1-Series model range has been enhanced by the addition of latest-generation petrol and diesel units with three and four cylinders. BMW will launch five petrol and five diesel engines into the global market, some of which will be heading to SA.
The new M135i will see a 5kW increase in output to 240kW from its six-cylinder in-line engine while fuel consumption is pegged at 8.0 litres/100 km. The latest version of the automatic unit now also offers transmission management supported by navigation data. The flagship will go from 0 to 100 km/h in around 5.1 seconds.
There is a new three-cylinder petrol engine powering the BMW 116i with 80kW/180Nm sufficient for 0 to 100 km/h acceleration time of 10.9 seconds. Fuel consumption is now down to 5.4 litres/100km. The 118i and BMW 120i are powered by a 1.6-litre four-cylinder engine developing 100kW/220Nm and 130kW/250Nm respectively. The new BMW 118i hits 100 km/h in 8.5 seconds, and its average fuel consumption comes in at 5.7 litres/100km while the 120i sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.4 seconds with an average fuel consumption of 6.0 litres/100 kilometres.
The 125i model develops 160 kW/310Nm from its 2.0-litre and will reach 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds. Its average fuel consumption comes in at 6.7 litres/100km.
The new three-cylinder and latest four-cylinder engines are more efficient and better-performing. The base model overseas is the 116d which is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder with 85kW/270Nm. The 2.0-litre unit in the 118d produces 110kW/320Nm while the same unit produces 140kW/400Nm in the 120d variant.
The selection of optional driver assistance systems from BMW ConnectedDrive available for the BMW 1-Series now also includes the radar-based Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. The latest-generation Parking Assistant now enables parallel parking in tight spaces restricted either by two obstacles or on one side only, as well as automatic transverse parking. Features such as the camera-based Driving Assistant, rear-view camera and Speed Limit Info system with No Passing Info display can also be specified.