BMW 1-Series three-door is functional and fun

by Dhiram Shah


BMW has just revealed the 2007/2008 BMW 1-Series three-door hatchback. This fresh car goes on sale this spring, and will be offered with various engine choices in Europe. Unfortunately it’s not certain if the three-door model will be offered in the United States, but coupe and convertible variants are expected in America in the coming years. The styling has remained largely unchanged from that of the standard car, except for the removal of the rear doors. Even the wheelbase has stayed the same, with the addition of a longer front door giving a sporty appearance. The shape also emphasizes the neat boomerang-like C-pillar. Model choices include the 130i model, with a 265 horsepower inline-six and a zero to 62 mph time of 6.0 seconds as well as the 120i with a 170 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 7.7 seconds.


You can also opt for the 118i with a 143 horsepower four-cylinder engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 8.7 seconds; the 120d with a 177 horsepower common-rail diesel engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 7.5 seconds; and the 118d with a 143 horsepower common-rail diesel engine and a zero to 62 mph time of 8.9 seconds. Technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Automatic Start-Stop function, Electric Power Steering, lower rolling resistant tires, variable valve technologies, and High-Precision Direct Injection cut fuel consumption and emissions. The three-door hatch provides a logical entry-level into the BMW brand and will compete with vehicles such as the Audi A3 three-door and the Volkswagen Golf. Precise pricing is unavailable but it is tipped to cost about $30,000.
Via – Gizmodiva

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