2020 BMW 1-Series: New A-Class Rival Shows Us All Its Secrets

BMW is currently holding the press launch event of the new 1-Series and it dropped a massive image gallery, detailing not only the range-topping M135 but the more accessible (and popular, as far as sales are concerned) 118d as well.

The main thing of the all-new 1-Series is, of course, the switch from rear- to front-wheel drive. While not a few BMW fans were dismayed by this, the truth remains that the vast majority of the 1-Series’ target audience will never even notice it.

Also Read: New BMW 1-Series Is FWD And Looks Just Like The X2

What they will notice is the much improved space in the cabin, an area where the previous generation (and the one before that…) was lacking badly. The new 1-Series now offers an extra 19 mm of head room, 33 mm of legroom and 13 mm of elbow room for the rear passengers, bringing it closer to the competition.

The dash is hosting the latest tech BMW has to offer, including the Operating System 7.0 complete with a 10.25-inch touchscreen display for the infotainment and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster. There’s also the option of a massive 9.2-inch head-up display too.

European customers will be offered a choice between two petrol and three diesel engines at the initial launch phase. The base petrol 118i is powered by a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 138hp (140PS) and 162lb-ft (240Nm) of torque, paired to a six-speed manual transmission as standard or a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic as an option.

The range-topping M135i xDrive utilizes a turbocharged 2.0-liter four with 302hp (306PS) and 331lb-ft (450Nm) of torque, paired to an eight-speed automatic. BMW claims 4.8 seconds for the 0-62mph (100km/h) run and a 155mph (250km/h) top speed.

The diesel range kicks off with the 116d, which uses a three-cylinder 1.5-liter with 114hp and 199lb-ft (270Nm). Next up is the 118d, which gets a 2.0-liter four with 147hp (150PS) and 258lb-ft (350Nm), while the 120d xDrive gets the same engine, only with 187hp (190PS) and 295lb-ft (400Nm) of torque and an eight-speed auto as standard, whereas the 116d and 118d come with either a six-speed manual or a seven-speed dual-clutch.

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  • KAG25

    The grill and headlights are way to big for the nose, that grill ruins the front.

  • DetrinKD

    That trim piece running under the nav screen seems so out of place and exaggerates the fact that the vent and button assembly beneath it were designed to also go in much larger cars. I agree that the headlights and grill are too big and kill any aggression the car could possess… and they didn’t make that any better with the big smiley front fascia on the M135

  • Aeromann

    So much better than last one.
    Little fattie maybe, but not bad.

  • Leo

    Is it coming to US?

  • Miknik

    It looks like a cross between a Ford Focus and Kia Ceed on the outside, and especially the base 3cyl. Diesel FWD versions will certainly be true ultimate driving machines in BMW manner; Only acceptable part is the interior, which seems like a proper upgrade over the old one;

  • sidewaysspin

    Those two small vertical slits on the front bumper of the blue car just look weird. Overall the car looks too cute too feminine and completely lost character.

  • StrangerGP

    So it’s fwd and yet the cabin and the boot aren’t significantly bigger than in the last generation. Plus sitting in the rear still feels like being in a dungeon because of the raised window line and huge C pillar.

  • ThatGuy

    Remember how the 1st gen 1 Series came out and everyone said hey it does not look nice. The Focus and Golf are nicer, then many bought them. I can see this happening again.

    I like it to be fair, grill is a bit to big and the headlights are off-set at weird angle. But its ok.

    The interior is nice not gonna beat an A-Class or A3 Interior but great in its own unique way, or should i say give it some time i will see if i like it more than the competitors. Need to get used it it over time to see how my feels react.

    PLus the hype of driving one, knowing full well you stopped being objective when you hyped your mind getting in.

  • Bash

    It’s getting nicer and nicer with every generation.

  • Bhaskar Manda

    Not using a stupid “floating roof” design is worth a lot of points by itself.

  • P-1

    Not pretty, and a little fat, BUT I like it…
    Why? Looks different to the 1-series before it…
    (unlike the A4s, A6s, 3-series, 5 series, VW Golfs etc which look just like the previous ones)

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