BMW’s 1-series, possibly one of the very very few rear wheel drive hatchbacks on the market today has always been available in 5-door form only, making it look like a squashed 3-series with it’s boot chopped off. Previously, spyshots were snapped of a 3-door variation of the 1-series, so we knew this was coming, and here it is – BMW’s latest car, the BMW 1-series 3-door hatchback.

The new 3-door hatchback shares the same styling cues as it’s 5-door brother, but with a different, better looking side profile. The doors are longer than the front passenger door on the 5-door, and the door is frameless, as with most coupes.

Not content with it’s 5-series face lift, BMW has also face lifted the 1-series together with the roll out of the 3-door variant. The face lift sports a few changes on both the inside and the outside. The kidney grills are now larger, and the bumper also features a larger air intake. The rear lamp cluster has it’s internal lamps rearranged but retains the same shape.

On the technical side, the 1-series also gets BMW’s new improved engines. Most of the engines, both 4-cylinder and 6-cylinder, as well as petrol or diesel have had improvements either in the horsepower or torque area. The new BMW 1-series facelift also gets the Brake Energy Regeneration technology found in the new 5-series facelift. Brake Energy Regeneration takes advantage of energy currently lost through the engine over-run during braking, using it to recharge a high capacity Absorbent Glass Mat battery. An intelligent alternator only engages and powers up the battery when required. It offers a 3% reduction in fuel consumption and emissions.

Also, all manual transmission BMW 1-series facelift cars except for the 130i model comes with a Automatic Start-Stop function as standard, but can be specified as an option. The Automatic Start-Stop function automatically switches the engine off when the vehicle is stationary and the driver puts the car into neutral. To restart the driver only need engage the clutch again before pulling away in the normal manner. Should he/her not want to use the Automatic Start-Stop function it can be manually switched off.

There are a few efficiency tricks that BMW has employed to improve fuel economy. Motorized flaps behind the kidney grille improve economy, closing up for improved aerodynamic efficiency should the engine require less airflow. The air-conditioning power supply is disconnected from the drivetrain when not in use.

Engine changes and statistics in detail
Source: BMW Corporate Communications

130i: World’s lightest six-cylinder production engine with VALVETRONIC and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 6.0 seconds (five-door is 6.1 seconds) and an electronically limited top speed of 155mph. Output is 265bhp while peak torque is 315Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 34.0mpg and CO2 emissions are 197g/km.

120i: New four-cylinder engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mph in 7.7 seconds (7.8 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 139mph. Output is 170hp (up 20hp) while peak torque is now 210Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 44.1mpg (improves by 17 per cent), CO2 emissions are 152g/km (down 16 per cent).

118i: New four-cylinder engine with High-Precision Direct Injection and Bi-VANOS technology achieves zero to 62mpg in 8.7 seconds (8.8 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 130mph. Output is 143hp (up 14hp) while peak torque is now 190Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 47.9mpg (improves by 24 per cent), CO2 emissions are 140g/km (down 20.5 per cent).

116i (five-door only): Four-cylinder engine with Bi-VANOS achieves zero to 62mph in 10.9 seconds and a top speed of 124mph. Output is 116hp and peak torque is 150Nm. Combined fuel consumption is 37.7mpg and CO2 emissions are 179g/km.

120d: Second generation common-rail diesel engine with aluminium crankcase achieves zero to 62mph in 7.5 seconds (7.6 seconds for five-door) before going on to a top speed of 142mph. Output is 177hp (up 14hp) while peak torque is 350Nm (up 10Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 57.6mpg (improves by 16 per cent) and CO2 emissions are 129g/km (down 15.1 per cent).

118d: Second generation common-rail diesel engine with aluminium crankcase achieves zero to 62mph in 8.9 seconds (9.0 seconds for five door) before going on to a top speed of 130mph. Output is 143hp (up 21hp) while peak torque is 300Nm (up 20Nm). Combined fuel consumption is 60.1mpg (improves by 19 per cent) and CO2 emissions are 123g/km (down 18 per cent).