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BMW has officially unveiled the new generation of the 1 Series. Initially, the model will be offered in 118d, 120d, 120 and M135 xDrive variants.

In fact, the new 1 Series isn’t exactly a new generation: it’s a significantly updated version of the previous model, keeping the same underpinnings.

Interesting tidbit: This is the first new BMW model to drop the “i” suffix for petrol variants. The change reflects the Bavarian automaker’s strategy to use the letter “i” exclusively as a prefix in the names of electric vehicles.

The new 1 Series hatchback has a relatively discreet design and, dare we say, even refined. The design is dominated by soft lines, it has a pair of small headlights and a grille that is slightly thinner than the previous model. The rear is also very different, featuring new taillight designs that are the same size and shape as those on the current X2 crossover.

The new 1 Series is slightly larger than its predecessor. Its length is 4361 mm, which is 42 mm longer than the previous model. It is also 25 mm taller (1459 mm) with a width of 1800 mm.

The interior looks typical of a modern BMW. It features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch infotainment display, which are housed in a single curved panel and offer Apple CarPlay and Android Auto connectivity. BMW has also removed many buttons from the dashboard and center console, opting for a cleaner, less cluttered look.

As standard, the hatchback will receive a leather-free interior, upholstered in special anthracite-colored Arktur fabric. A head-up display, a panoramic glass roof and a Harman Kardon audio system are available as options. The center console also includes a smartphone charging area, dual-zone automatic climate control and integrated lighting.

The rear seats fold in a 60:40 or 40:20:40 split, providing cargo space of 380 liters with the seats up and 1,200 liters with the seats folded.

The full 1 Series range now consists of the 118d, 120d, 120 and M135 models. The 120d is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel engine, while the 120 is powered by a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine. Both use 48-volt mild hybrid technology. The petrol version develops 168 hp. and 280 Nm of torque, while the 120d offers 161 hp. and 400 Nm. The 120 and 120d models accelerate from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.8 and 7.9 seconds, respectively.

At the heart of the diesel range is the 118d. It is also equipped with a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, although its power is limited to 148 hp. and 360 Nm of torque, which allows it to accelerate to 100 km/h in 8.3 seconds.

The top of the 1 Series range remains the M135 xDrive, which, like the 120, has now dropped the “i” from its name. It will receive a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo engine producing 296 hp. in European markets and 312 hp. in other markets. The maximum torque is 400 Nm. Acceleration from zero to 100 km/h takes 4.9 seconds, and the top speed reaches 250 km/h.

All 1 Series models now come standard with a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission. Unfortunately, this means that for the first time in its 20-year production history, a manual transmission is no longer available in the 1 Series.

BMW has expanded its range of automated driving and parking systems, included as standard and available as optional equipment. Key standard features include forward collision warning, lane departure warning and traffic sign recognition, and parking assistant.

Buyers can choose from Steering and Lane Keeping Assistant, Automatic Speed ​​Limit Assist, Active Cruise Control with Stop & Go function and Professional Parking Assistant on the 120 and 120d, meaning the cars can be parked remotely using a smartphone.

European sales of the new 1 Series will begin in October, although pricing details have yet to be announced.

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