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2013 BMW 180d

BMW will be launching the entry level 1-Series hatchback in India on 3rd September 2013. The car will be offered with only one petrol variant and three diesel variants. The 118d Baseline diesel will be priced at Rs. 22.90 lakhs and the range topping 118d Sports Line Plus diesel will retail at Rs. 29.93 (all prices ex-showroom, Mumbai, pre-octroi). The 118d Sport Line, which is the mid variant will be priced somewhere in between. The entry level 116i petrol variant will come with the Baseline trim only, which will be priced around Rs. 21 lakhs.

Pre-booking of the BMW 1-Series have already started and the carmaker is offering complimentary BMW Service Inclusive Plus for the first 100 owners of the 1-Series. The 118d variant features a 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo diesel motor that produces 143 BHP of power and 320 Nm of torque, returning an ARAI certified fuel economy of 20.58 km/l. This 2.0-litre oil burner also powers other BMW models such as the X1, 3-Series and 5-Series but in a higher state of tune. The 116i features a 1.6-litre turbocharged petrol motor with direct injection that produces 136 BHP of power and 220 Nm of torque, offering a claimed mileage of 16.28 km/l. BMW also shares this petrol motor with MINI hatchbacks.

Both the petrol and diesel engines on the BMW 1-Series are coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission along with start/stop technology to boost fuel economy. The hatchback has a longitudinal engine setup with a rear wheel drive layout and 50:50 weight distribution. The 1-Series is being assembled locally in India at the automaker’s Chennai plant. It will compete with the likes of entry level premium cars such as Mercedes A-Class and Audi Q3 Sport. Within 10 days of the A-Class’ launch, Mercedes gathered 400 bookings, while Audi received 125 bookings for the Q3 Sport on the very first day of launch.

BMW 1-Series RHD Interior

2013 BMW 1-Series India

BMW 1-Series India Details

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  • sandy

    Wow…! Thats really a news since its BMW, efficient and affordable for die hard fans. Though Merc B-Class could be more VFM option in that range so far branded is concerned.

    • Faisal Khan

      Sandy but B-Class doesn’t look the part.

    • ike

      The 1-series isn’t much of a looker either

    • Faisal Khan

      Ike, compared to the B-Class, it certainly is.

  • Ben

    @faisal. is the petrol unit, a naturally aspirated one or a Turbo charged one. if it’s a turbocharged unit, the power of 136bhp is very low. suzuki s naturally aspirated 1.6l unit produce the same 136bhp.

    • Faisal Khan

      Ben, Suzuki might produce same power but in-gear acceleration, torque, etc won’t be near BMW’s turbocharged motor.

    • Ben

      ya agree, what is it’s maximum torque.

    • Faisal Khan

      Ben, 220 Nm.

  • Rohan

    BMW no longer has any naturally aspirated engines in its lineup. Even M variants now come with forced injection.

    Peak torque in BMW’s 1.6 petrol unit will come much earlier. I am guessing, 80% of the peak torque will be available by 1500 RPM. You’ll need to rev above 4000 RPM to achieve peak torque in a naturally aspirated engine of similar capacity. Note that BMW doesn’t have to bother too much about fuel efficiency (except to meet the Euro standards of emission norms), since their target customers in their major markets (read Europe) don’t care much about it.

  • usamah…….

    isn’t the X1 a better choice…..????/??

    • Faisal Khan

      Usamah, X1 is more expensive.

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