It was only a matter of time before the F52 BMW 1 Series Sedan arrived in markets outside China, with Mexico being one of the recipients of the model. The booted 1 Series was first launched in February last year and uses the front-wheel drive UKL platform shared with the X1 SUV.

For Mexico, there are two variants being offered, both fitted with the Sport Line trim package. The first is the 118iA that is priced at 489,900 Mexican pesos (RM98,844), and comes with a 1.5 litre turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine.

The mill outputs 136 hp from 4,400-6,000 rpm and 220 Nm of torque from 1,400-4,300 rpm, which is sent to the front wheels via a six-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. According to BMW, the 0-100 km/h sprint time is 9.4 seconds and the car will hit a top speed of 212 km/h.

At the top of the range is the 120iA which gets a 2.0 litre turbocharged four-pot with 192 hp from 5,000-6,000 rpm and 280 Nm from 1,350-4,600 rpm. An eight-speed Steptronic auto (with launch control function) is paired to the engine, allowing it to get from 0-100 km/h in 7.5 seconds. Still front wheel drive, the 120iA will hit a top speed of 235 km/h and is priced at 569,900 pesos (RM114,984).

Depending on the selected variant, the equipment list includes a leather-wrapped sport steering wheel, Sensatec leather upholstery, 6.5-inch infotainment display for the iDrive system, halogen or LED headlamps (with LED DRLs), 17-inch alloy wheels (Style 549), 40:20:40 split-folding rear seats and a panoramic glass roof.

With the 1 Series Sedan now on sale in more markets, would you welcome such a model to Malaysia?

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