BMW has released some photos of the 2012 BMW 1 Series convertible and coupe models. There is no information yet on the price of the two new little cars in Europe or US.
Let us take a quick look at the available specifications and upgrades for 2012 (the car would be out by Spring 2011)
The 2012 BMW 1 Series would be available in as 135i and 128i. Both would be available in convertible and coupe versions.
The 2012 BMW 128i (both convertible and coupe) gets the base 3.0 litre inline six cylinder producing 230 hp and 200 lb-ft of torque. The 2012 BMW 135i, on the other hand, will get a single turbo engine (turbo charged straight six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque) for both converrible and coupe variants. An optional dual clutch automated manual transmission (as in Z4 Roadster) is also available.
The BMW 135i can now hit 60 mph from stand still in just 5.1 seconds. The 128i can accelerate from 0 – 60 mph in a not-too-bad 6.7 seconds with Steptronic automatic and 6.1 seconds with manual transmission.
The 2012 BMW 1 series models get subtle changes and even a hardcore Beemer fan would find it tough to spot them. Changes include new xenon headlamps (standard for BMW 135i and optional for BMW 128i) with frosted brows while the trunklid has integrated spoiler chiseled into the rear end of the car to accentuate the short rear section. The 2012 135i comes with an additional spoiler providing great downforce on the rear end at high speeds. The L shaped rear taillights offers a lower, sportier look and the horizontal elements in the rear light clusters offer a homogeneous lighting effect.
BMW says that with its rear wheel drive system, optimum traction (with M Differential lock), near perfect weight distribution front-to-rear, excellent directional stability and predictable handling can be achieved. BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) and Dynamic Traction Control (DTC) provides the electronic intervention to prevent loss of vehicle control but at a higher threshold before activation. This would mean that they would not kick in when the driver is just trying to have some fun!
M Sport Body kit is standard feature in 2012 BMW 135i and optional for 128i coupes and convertibles. M Sports cars have sport seats and M branded interior trim components. The 2012 models of 1 series get new switchgear and gloss white trip trim option. The interiors look clean and can withstand scratches better than the shiny black trims.
The 2012 BMW 1 Series Coupe, besides six airbags (standard), also comes with crash-optimized seats with active headrests that significantly reduce the risk of neck injury in an impact from the rear. Three point inertia-reel seat belts are offered in all seats of the 1 Series coupe.
With respect to in-car entertainment, BMW has made enhancements to BMW Assist with Bluetooth and the iPod/USB Adapter which extend the functionality through improved integration of mobile devices into the vehicle through hardware advances. The feature support is dependent upon compatibility with the mobile device and consists of RIM Smart Phone Integration, vCard photo support, external call lists, Bluetooth music streaming. iPod/USB Adapter, Album Cover Art, Voice Control of Devices, Mobile Phone Device Driver Update are other noteworthy facilities.
BMW 1 Series Coupe will feature BMW Ultimate Service that includes BMW Maintenance Program, Road Side Assistance and the New Vehicle Limited Warranty.
We expect the 2012 models to hit the showrooms in Spring 2011.