BMW has revised their 1 series hatches, adding $5000 of extra value with all but one model dropping by at least $700.
The revamped hatches, which will be available in Australia as early as July, will have increased specifications and amended prices.
With the exception of the 125i, all 1 series hatches receive a price drop. The 116i gets a $1700 price drop, 118i is $700 cheaper, the 118d drops by $1400, and the M135i is $3500 cheaper than the pre-revamp models. The 125i is $1400 more expensive than the previous rendition.
BMW says that every aspect of the 1 series hatch has come under review, to ensure the best product for their customers.
“This revision has resulted in over $5000 of added value for the dynamic 1 Series hatch, in some cases much more,” Phil Horton, BMW Australia Managing Director said, “the entry point into the BMW brand has never been better value.”
The entry level 116i, which starts at $35,600, gets an upgrade to ‘sensatec’ upholstery, and rear park distance control.
The 118i, 118d and 125i also gets the ‘sensatec’ upholstery, as well as a high-resolution 6.5 inch screen, an upgraded navigation system with iDrive, and extended smartphone connectivity with voice control and Bluetooth audio streaming.
The 116i, 118i and the 118d will now be equipped with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and the higher powered 125i and M125i receive an eight-speed sports automatic with launch control function as standard.
The 125i will come standard with 18 inch double spoke alloy wheels, and sports line -- sports seats for driver and front passenger. The top of the line M135i M received the biggest revamp, with eight-speed sports automatic transmission, front and rear park distance control, a ‘Professional’ navigation system with touch controller function and internet functionality.
BMW have restructured their option programme, grouping options into packages, which they say will simplify the choices for their customers, and reduce prices.
Packages include the Convenience package -- available only in the 116i -- which comes with a rain sensor, anti dazzle interior mirror and extended smartphone connectivity.
The Advanced Parking package combines BMW’s parking assistant feature, with front and rear parking distance sensors and a rear parking camera.
The Visibility package comes with bi-xenon headlights, headlight washers, high-beam assistance, adaptive headlights and anti-dazzle exterior mirrors.
Those who enjoy great acoustics can take advantage of the Premium Sound package. A Harman/Kardon sound system with a digital radio teams up with a ‘Professional’ navigation system, bringing high-quality sound and internet functionality.
Fans of ride comfort can grab the comfort package, with electric seats, memory function, lumbar support, and seat heating for the front seats.
Extra options such as metallic paint, sunroof, and leather upholstery are all still individually selectable.
The BMW 1 Series begins production in July, arriving in showrooms from September.