BMW has announced that the Paris Motor Show will serve as a launch platform for their first ever all-wheel drive version of the 1-Series. The compact model will of course be getting the xDrive system, which distributes drive torque variably between the front and rear axle.We had first heard about the availability of BMW’s intelligent all-wheel drive system (xDrive) on the 1-Series during the presentation of the three-door hatchback model back in May, and now the Bavarian automaker will hold the world premiere of these variants together with a new entry-level diesel option for the range.
BMW’s all-wheel drive system will currently be offered on two 1-Series hatchback models, the 120d xDrive and the sporty M135i xDrive and lastly the new entry-level diesel model, 114d.
The 120d xDrive-
The 120d xDrive is powered by 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder diesel generating 181Hp (184PS) and enabling acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h (62mph) in 7.2 seconds and a maximum speed of 225 km/h (140mph).
BMW says it’s average fuel consumption will be of 4.7 to 4.8lt/100km (up to 49mpg US or 58.9mpg UK) and a CO2 figure between 123 and 126 g/km, depending on the tire format selected.
The sporty M135i xDrive-
Sitting at the top of the range is the M135i xDrive that gets a 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six producing 315hp (320PS) and 450Nm (332 lb-ft) linked to a standard 8-speed automatic transmission.
The AWD system helps the M135i shave 0.2 seconds off the 0-100km/h (62mph) sprint compared to the RWD model with the automatic transmission and 0.4 seconds over the RWD version with a six-speed manual at 4.7 seconds.
It has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h (155mph) and returns an average fuel consumption on the EU test cycle of 7.8 lt/100km (30.2mpg US or 36.2mpg UK) and a CO2 emissions level of 182g/km.
The New Variant – 114d
The third new model to join the ranks of the 1-Series range is the new entry-level diesel 114d that is equipped with a 1.6-liter four-cylinder unit delivering 94hp (95PS) at 4,000 rpm and 235Nm (173 lb-ft) between 1,500 and 2,750 rpm.
The 114d completes the standard sprint in 12.2 seconds enabling to a top speed of 185 km/h (115mph). Its average fuel consumption is 4.1 to 4.3 lt/100km (up to 57.4mpg US or 68.9mpg UK), while the relevant CO2 emissions rating is between 109 and 112 g/km, again depending on the tire and alloy wheel sizes.
Other concepts will include the previously revealed i3 electric minicar and i8 plug-in hybrid sports car, as well as the C evolution electric scooter prototype.
On top of this, BMW also plans to present its latest suite of ConnectedDrive infotainment technology, which includes the automaker’s updated satellite navigation system, new iDrive Touch setup, Dictation Service and LTE Mobile Internet.
Stay tuned for more details and all the photos of BMW’s Paris Motor Show, once the show kicks off on September 27.