BMW Brings 1-Series in India To Rival Mercedes A-Class


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BMW is bringing the 1-Series to India on 3rd September 2013. Here are some highlights and the brochure shots sent to us by BMW India.

> Rear wheel drive

> Twin power turbo engine

> 143 BHP and 20.58 Kmpl (Diesel)

> Eight speed automatic transmission

> First 100 owners receive free BMW Service Inclusive Plus Plan.

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BMW 1-Series advance bookings start

BMW India has now confirmed that it will launch the much anticipated 1-Series in India on September 3, 2013. The 1-Series will directly compete against the recently launched Mercedes-Benz A-Class, which has received an excellent response from the buyers across the nation. The company has already started taking pre-bookings for the upcoming hatchbacks, and has sent email notification to potential buyers. More interestingly, BMW India is also offering 'BMW Service Inclusive Plus' for free for the first 100 customers.

The 1-Series will be available with both petrol and diesel engine options. While the diesel version of the premium hatchback will be powered by the 2.0-litre engine that develops 143bhp, the petrol version will get the 1.6-litre turbocharged direct injection motor, which also powers the MINI Cooper and Cooper S. The petrol engine is capable of developing power output of 136bhp. Both the engines will be coupled to a 8-speed automatic transmissions.

The BMW 1 Series will be produced locally at the company's Chennai based manufacturing unit. We expect it to be priced around Rs. 20-25 lakh.

BMW 1-Series advance bookings start | CarDekho.com
 
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It may look like a regular hatchback from the outside, but the 1-series is unique. It’s the only hatchback around that uses a longitudinally placed, front-engine, rear-wheel drive layout – a layout that offers more driving thrills than a regular front-wheel-drive hatchback. We’ve driven the 1-series from Germany to Austria before its September 3 launch in India, to get a feel of what you can expect.

The seats are low, so you slide down into them. Once seated in the particularly sporty driver’s seat (it has adjustable bolsters and thigh support), you’ll see a typical BMW dashboard that’s dominated by a smart-looking 8.8-inch screen on the centre console. Build quality, as expected, is almost faultless and the driving position, as is with all BMWs, is spot on. The problem, then, is that the 1-series’ dash doesn’t feel special like a Merc A-class cabin does. There’s also precious little storage space in the centre console, although the door pockets are generous. Our test car didn’t have powered seats or electric steering adjustment, but there was still quite a bit of kit on offer, including a lane-departure warning system and a rear-end collision warning system. We don’t think the last two will make it to India though. BMW is also keen to point out that the iDrive system that, once paired to your phone, lets you tweet and update your Facebook status without having to touch your phone.

Still, if you're expecting the 1-series to be spacious, think again. It's quite cramped at the rear and the high transmission tunnel (thanks to the rear-wheel-drive layout) eats into the middle passenger's legroom. Headroom is decent though, and the bigger windows (in contrast to the A-class's thick pillars) don't make you feel as hemmed in as you would in the Merc. The 1-series has a usefully big 360 litres of boot space and the rear seats split 40:20:40, which is useful.

BMW has said that, to start with, there will be two engines on offer in India – a 136bhp, 1.6-litre turbo-petrol and a 143bhp, 2.0-litre turbo-diesel – both mated to the ZF eight-speed automatic transmission. The cars we are driving, however, have manual gearboxes and this is, at least mechanically, the only difference from what you will soon be able to buy in India.



The initial impression of the petrol is that it is a peppy engine. The mid-range is strong, it revs rather freely to almost 7,000rpm and there’s good top-end performance to be had too. Add to that a snappy gearshift and a progressive clutch and it’s a car that is a lot of fun to drive. The only fly in its ointment is the weak bottom end. Below 1,500rpm, especially if you have to start off on a slope, you really have to slip the clutch and feed in lots of throttle to get going. This, however will be less noticeable on the automatic that we will get here. It also gets quite thrummy near the redline, so you tend to up-shift early. Do that and the engine, like most direct-injection petrols, runs smoothly and quietly.

It’s a similar story with the diesel. There’s a bit of lag you have to work around initially, after which there’s strong acceleration from an engine that will happily rev to 5000rpm. It is surprisingly quiet too and it’s like that even when you accelerate hard. Both engines are reasonably smooth, although there are some vibes from the gearlever when you rev them hard, and though they aren’t particularly quick, neither will disappoint in a straight line. More importantly, both engines offer more power than what you get in an A-class. The diesel and the petrol we drove came with selectable driving modes that alter throttle response characteristics, among other things.

The 1-series is a lot of fun to drive – the steering on both cars is quick and well weighted, and there is lots of grip. That said, there some body roll and the car tends to understeer when you drive it hard. The diesel, as expected, feels slightly more nose-heavy than the petrol, but both have lots of grip and come alive when you drive them hard. As for the ride, a drive over German roads is no test for a suspension – they are just too smooth. Still, it does feel pliant enough save for a few jiggles over lumpy tarmac, and the relatively high-profile tyres on 16-inch rims do their part as well. Sadly, BMW will continue to offer the 1-series with run-flat tyres when it comes to India.

BMW is assembling the 1-series in India and is expected to price it at around Rs 20-25 lakh. For that price, it’s a fun to drive and fundamentally sound car. The question is, how many of its potential customers in India will really want what the extra driving thrills it offers? It doesn't look as special as a Mercedes A-class, though, and when you're this much money for a hatch, special is what you want, isn’t it?

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Spied – BMW 1 Series arrives at Indian dealerships

The BMW 1 Series’s local launch is to take place on the 3rd of September, and in accordance to the event, BMW dealers have received vehicles for display and initial deliveries.

The BMW 1 Series would launch with one petrol and one diesel engine option. The petrol motor is a 1.6-liter turbocharged unit that creates 136bhp and 220Nm of peak power and torque. This engine is driven via an eight-speed automatic transmission that sends power down via the rear wheels.

The petrol engine’s ARAI-rated fuel efficiency is 16.28km/l and this package would go into the BMW 1 Series 116i variant.

Shifting attention to the big-seller, the diesel engine is the 2.0-liter motor that India’s familiar with through the 3 Series and the base 5 Series variant. In the 1 Series, this engine is calibrated to produce a peak output of 143bhp and a peak torque of 320Nm, paired to the same 8-speed gearbox. ARAI-rated fuel economy for the diesel stands at 20.58kpl.

The product to would-be customers, the features confirmed were electric driver seat with memory function, glass roof, auto start-stop function, 6.5-inch iDrive display, 7-speaker 205W output sound system, and rear parking sensors.

BMW India will assemble the 1 Series at its Chennai plant. Ex-showroom prices of the car are likely to fall between INR 20-25 lakh.

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BMW 1 Series diesel to be priced from 22.9 lakhs

BMW India has officially confirmed the 1 Series’s arrival on the 3rd of September, in petrol and diesel guises.The 1 Series hatchback will launch in one petrol and three diesel variants.The entry-level variant, the 118d Baseline, is priced at 22.9 lakhs while the top-end 118d Sport Line is priced at 29.93 lakhs (all prices are ex-showroom Mumbai).

The cheapest 1 Series, the 116i petrol, comes in the Baseline trim at about 21 lakhs (ex-showroom).

Pre-bookings have officially started at the dealerships with the first 100 customers offered a complimentary BMW Service Inclusive Plus package. Cars have also reached dealers where screenings are held for elite customers.

Technical specifications were also revealed through an introductory brochure – the diesel variants are powered by the familiar 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo engine that produces 143 bhp and 320Nm with an ARAI-certified fuel efficiency of 20.58 km/l. The 116i (petrol) employs a turbocharged 1.6-liter unit that puts out peak power and torque of 136bhp and 220Nm respectively. This engine returns a fuel efficiency of 16.28 kpl in the ARAI tests.

Both motors are paired to an 8-speed automatic transmission, with a standard idle-stop motor in place to improve fuel efficiency.

While Mercedes managed to bag 400 bookings within 10 days of the A-Class launch, Audi reported 125 bookings for the Q3 S Edition on the evening of its premiere.

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BMW has now launched the 1-Series in India at an exclusive event held in Mumbai.

Price (Ex.showroom, India):

> BMW 116i: 20,90,000

> BMW 118d: Rs.22,90,000

> BMW 118d Sport: Rs.25,90,000

> BMW 118d Sport Plus: Rs.29,90,000

Packed with outstanding driving characteristics, the stunning and dynamic all-new BMW 1 Series was launched in India today. Mr. Sachin Tendulkar, the legendary sportsman unveiled the all-new BMW 1 Series during an exclusive launch event in Mumbai. Mr. Armaan Ebrahim, FIA GT1 World Championship race driver from India, flagged off the all-new BMW 1 Series exclusively fitted with BMW M Performance kit. The all-new BMW 1 Series is locally produced at the BMW Plant Chennai in diesel and petrol variants and is available at BMW dealerships across India from today onwards.

Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India said, “The all-new BMW 1 Series stands out from the crowd on the busiest of roads with a refreshingly independent and modern appearance as well as sporty proportions. The breathtaking agility and sophisticated functionality make it the perfect car for people who are passionate about driving and want to make their mark. But above all, its distinctive character makes it a symbol of a contemporary, urban lifestyle.”

The all-new BMW 1 Series is available in petrol (BMW 116i) and diesel variants (BMW 118d, BMW 118d Sport and BMW 118d Sport Plus). The Sport and Sport Plus appeal to the athletic and powerful with more aggressive design features and highlights. Price prevailing at the time of delivery will be applicable. Delivery will be made ‘ex-showroom’. Ex-showroom price excludes Road tax, RTO statutory taxes / fees, insurance and Octroi (if applicable). Prices / options subject to change without prior notice.

The all-new BMW 1 Series is available in two non-metallic paintworks: Alpine White and Crimson Red and the following six metallic paintworks: Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier Silver, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey and Valencia Orange. The standard Cloth Move Anthracite and Sensatec upholstery is available. Interior trims offered are ‘Black high-gloss with Highlight trim finishers Coral Red matt’ and ‘Satin Silver matt’. The BMW 118d Sport and BMW 118d Sport Plus come with red-black accents that highlight the dynamic poise as well as 'BMW Sport' entry sills, sports seats, a leather steering wheel with contrasting red stitching, a red chronoscale speedometer and electric glass roof as standard features.

“Youthful, extroverted and confident, the all-new BMW 1 Series cultivates the powerful look of a metropolitan lifestyle. It sets the pace with extraordinary efficiency, convenience and safety provided by the innovative technologies of BMW EfficientDynamics and BMW ConnectedDrive. A genuine eye-catcher with a real presence, the all-new BMW 1 Series will definitely stir up the premium car segment,” said Mr. Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India.

The all-new BMW 1 Series.

The all-new BMW 1 Series owes its muscular appearance to its spectacular design and remarkable styling. Its sporty proportions, long wheelbase and short overhangs make it instantly recognizable as it cruises the city streets. Its sophisticated character is further accentuated by its distinct shoulder line. The front of the car is dominated by the large BMW kidney-shaped radiator grille, boldly shaped headlight units and three-section air intake. At the back, the powerfully designed wheel arches emphasise the classic BMW rear-wheel drive.

Anyone who takes a seat in the all-new BMW 1 Series immediately notices the intuitively arranged controls and the exceptional all-round visibility. The cockpit is angled towards the driver and puts all the important controls within easy reach to provide a sense of personal control and comfort. The door pockets, where bottles with a volume of up to one litre can be stored, and the cup holders, optimally located in front of the gear lever, offer additional storage options. The all-new BMW 1 Series also offers more flexibility in the rear and the luggage compartment: the rear seats can be folded down in 60:40 configuration to increase the luggage capacity.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo engines in the all-new BMW 1 Series are distinguished by their performance, power delivery and high revving. The BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine accelerates powerfully, flexibly and smoothly with an output of 105 kW / 143 hp and a maximum torque of 320 Nm. It owes its success to the CommonRail direct injection and a turbocharger featuring variable turbine geometry, yielding a top speed of 212 km/h and acceleration from 0 – 100 km/h in just 8.6 seconds, at an average of 20.58 km / litre*. The new BMW TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder petrol engine features an intelligent technology package that significantly reduces fuel consumption and emissions, while also delivering impressive performance figures. It combines a TwinScroll turbocharger with Valvetronic, Double-VANOS and High Precision Injection. This incredibly responsive engine rockets the all-new BMW 1 Series from 0 to 100 km/h in just 8.7 seconds and never fails to impress with its output of 100 kW / 136 hp and top speed of 210 km/h at an average of 16.28 km / litre*.

The eight-speed automatic transmission performs smooth, almost imperceptible gear shifts. At any time, in any gear, the transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and more efficiency at every speed. The all-new BMW 1 Series surrounds you with cutting-edge safety features for every eventuality with six airbags, BMW Restraint system, passenger cell system with defined deformation zones, impact absorbing front and rear bumpers, Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Run-Flat tyres.

All models of the all-new BMW 1 Series also feature the ECO PRO mode as standard, enabling efficient driving and reduced fuel consumption. Using the Driving Experience Control switch, the driver is able to choose between different driving modes to suit the driving conditions. (ECO PRO, Comfort, Sport and Sport+). *Sport+ available only in the BMW 118d Sport and BMW 118d Sport Plus.

With BMW EfficientDynamics, the all-new BMW 1 Series is equipped with most comprehensive technology packages to reduce fuel consumption and increase driving dynamics – such as Intelligent Lightweight Construction, Auto Start-Stop, ECO PRO mode, Brake-Energy Regeneration, 50:50 Weight Distribution, Run-Flat tyres and many other innovative technologies.

The high-tech presence of the all-new BMW 1 Series is reflected in an impressive range of driver assistance and mobility services. The optional features available in the BMW ConnectedDrive package include BMW iDrive (the on-board Driver Information System), 16.5 cm high-resolution full-colour Central Information Display, Connectivity through Bluetooth and USB devices, HiFi loudspeaker system and Radio BMW Professional. Park Distance Control (PDC) rear comes as a standard feature in all the variants.

Optional accessories for the all-new BMW 1 Series include Tablet DVD system, media snap-in adapter, folding table and detachable coat hanger. Original BMW M Performance accessories include aerodynamic bumper kits, rear spoiler, tail fins and interior carbon trim elements.
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In design front A- class suits my tastes better. 1- series has typical Beemer design.
But BMW drives like nothing in this world. For true drivers still BMW will be the choice..[:)]
 
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The base trim in petrol is too basic,how can you omit Bluetooth and USB in a twenty lakh car in 2013?It ain't gonna cost much to have those incorporated.Not everyone who buys a BMW is a boy racer.
 
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The base trim in petrol is too basic,how can you omit Bluetooth and USB in a twenty lakh car in 2013?It ain't gonna cost much to have those incorporated.Not everyone who buys a BMW is a boy racer.
Agreed BMW has gone in a reverse direction to Mercedes. Mercedes have a great petrol lineup and basic diesel whereas BMW have the reverse.

I must say that I expected more from a car which is going to cost more than 2.3 million INR on road. Fabric seats is ghastly [frustration] I just can't recollect any car upwards of 1.5 million having fabric seats. Another miss is a drivers arm rest now what BMW wants the driver of an automatic transmission to do while cruising on a highway. No iDrive again is something which is a big miss.
Mercedes have good equipment list on the basic trim (at-least better than BMW) but they lack in the engine department whereas BMW have an excellent engine but they lack in the equipment department. After looking at these two I think Audi Q3 is the best of both a moderate performer and loaded to grills with gadgets.
On other note there is almost a difference of 10 lacs between the base version and Sport plus which seems a little too much. Overall I am not too excited with this product.
 

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BMW has launched the 1-Series M Performance Edition which features the following:

> Racing Stripes

> Rear Spoiler with Fins

> M Aerodynamics Package

> M Performance front Black Grille

> M Performance Lettering on Side Sills

Price (Ex.showroom, India):

> 116i M Performance Edition : ₹ 22.65 Lakh

> 118d M Performance Edition : ₹ 25.65 Lakh

> 118d Sport M Performance Edition : ₹ 28.55 Lakh

> 118d Sport Plus M Performance Edition : ₹ 32.50 Lakh

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