BMW Australia has announced new pricing and a slightly altered specification list for their 2017 model year 1 Series hatch, now positioned more competitively against its most bitter rivals in the premium five-door space, with specific regard to the M140i range-topper.
It’s not all rosy, though. While a whopping $4,910 has been sliced out of the top performing 1 Series sticker, widening the existing price gulf between it and the Audi RS3 and Mercedes-AMG A45 that both near the $80k mark, the rest of the small Bimmer spread sees an increase in price, with the most significant hike going to the 120i at an extra $3,000.
Having said that, compensation does come to new owners in the form an upgraded list of onboard tech, kicking off with the newest iDrive 6 infotainment system. However, touchscreen control accompanies the control knob interface only once Navigation System Professional is selected - standard on the 125i and M140i - which also upgrades the display to an 8.8-inch higher resolution panel.
Buyers of the 118i, 118d, 120i, and 125i can upgrade to the Innovations Package, adding the more sophisticated Professional infotainment and nav, as well as BMW’s extended ConnectedDrive Concierge Service and enhanced smartphone connectivity for $1,800.
The Driver’s Assistance Package (118i, 118i,120i, 125i) brings High-Beam Assist, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Parking Assistant with front+rear parking sensors (WOW!), also for an additional $1,800 or $1,000 for the 125i.
The Comfort Package costs a uniform $2,100 across the 2017 range and is available for every variant except the M140i, aptly bringing Comfort Access that includes heated electric front seats with memory function and lumbar support.
Apart from that, the exterior and interior changes made to the 1 Series are either too far under the skin or purely cosmetic, but nearly all are minor enough that they shouldn’t be immediately noticeable even to owners of the 2016 model. The most obvious details, though, are the standard LED headlights, new wheel designs on certain grades (such as the 18-inch Jet Black light-alloys seen here), and a centre stack with dark gloss finish. Rounding off the list of additions to the 1 Series are an expanded palette of paint options, bringing the total colour count to 12.
The 2017 BMW 1 Series range will be powered by a choice of 3 petrol engines and a single diesel, with the latter being the 2.0-litre four-pot turbodiesel in the 118d that outputs 110kW/320Nm. The petrol-powered versions start with the 118i’s 3-cylinder turbocharged mill churning a respectable 100kW and 220Nm before moving to the 120i and 125’s identical 2.0-litre unit, tuned to produce 135kW/270Nm or 165kW/310Nm respectively.
Lastly, and as usual, the range is topped off by the 3.0-litre turbocharged straight-six, now found in the M140i; its 250kW and 500Nm are potent enough to enable a century sprint time of just 4.6 seconds.
- BMW 118i - $39,990
- BMW 118d - $43,990
- BMW 120i - $45,990
- BMW 125i - $49,990
- BMW M140i - $59,990
On the local introduction of the updated 1 Series, BMW Group Australia CEO, Marc Werner, said: The BMW 1 Series remains a unique proposition in its segment, with rear-wheel drive dynamics in the best BMW tradition. From the acclaimed BMW M140i to the engaging 118i, all new 1 Series come with key technology updates and a refreshed look, both inside and outside the vehicle. BMW Australia is especially proud of the sharpened price point for the turbocharged six-cylinder M140i, bringing its superb performance and dynamics under $60,000 for the first time.”