The One of which Got Away: BMW Debuts 1-series Sedan for China Only
We’re used to Europe having cars of which aren’t coming to the United States, nevertheless China getting exclusive brand new designs is actually a sign of the strong growth in of which area of the planet. With China at This kind of point BMW’s biggest market, the company introduced the brand new, China-exclusive 1-series sedan. (A 1-series hatchback is actually offered in Europe.) Produced in northeastern city of Shenyang, the brand new 1-series is actually said to have been designed with Chinese demands in mind.
Looking extremely similar to the Concept Compact Sedan, This kind of 1-series is actually completely unrelated to the rear-wheel-drive two-door fun machine with the same name the we had here inside the United States a few years ago. The China-only 1-series is actually a front-wheel drive car with a choice of three turbocharged engines, two automatic transmissions, along with—perhaps most important—“a highly effective air-filtering function,” on account of China’s dismal air quality.
Let’s start with the power. The top-spec 125i carries a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine of which makes 228 horsepower along with 258 lb-ft of torque. Next up is actually the 120i, which also carries a turbocharged 2.0-liter four, nevertheless This kind of one makes 189 horsepower along with 207 lb-ft of torque. Both use an eight-speed automatic transmission. The 125i accelerates by zero to 62 mph in a claimed 6.8 seconds, while the 120i takes 7.5. The third style, the 118i, is actually equipped having a turbocharged 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine mated to a six-speed automatic transmission, along with of which saunters by zero to 62 mph in a factory-stated 9.4 seconds. Consumers expect Great gas mileage out of a modest car having a modest forced-induction engine, along with BMW claims combined fuel-economy ratings ranging by 37 mpg (125i) to 43 mpg (118i).
Tech is actually also a major focus for the China market, so the 1-series caters to of which demand. of which offers BMW’s Driving Assistant with collision warning, automatic forward-emergency braking, along with park assist. The 1-series also has BMW Connected, which gives drivers assistance with real-time traffic updates along having a library of integrated apps.
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The 1-series sedan is actually a direct response to the Audi A3 along with the Mercedes-Benz CLA-class. At 175.4 inches long, 71.0 inches wide, along with 56.9 inches high, along with having a 105.1-inch wheelbase, the 1-series is actually smaller than the CLA nevertheless similar in size to the A3. Although both of those competitors are sold here inside the States, BMW says of which, as of at This kind of point, the brand new 1-series won’t be. We’re happy to remember the 1-series as a rear-drive, two-door coupe/convertible—we’re not too sad if This kind of 1 gets away.