2007 BMW 1 Series (3 Door Version) revealed!

2007 BMW  1 Series 3 Door

BMW finally unveils the 2007 BMW Series 3 Door version to the public and some of the changes are generally small aesthetic ones (apart from the lack of the 2 rear passenger doors). There are slightly larger twin kidney grills and a lower front spoiler, with other invisible technical add-ons which help save fuel consumption such as regenerative brake technology (featured on the 2008 BMW 5 series models) with up to a 3%.

The most exciting part about the 1 Series is definitely the BMW 130i (265bhp) which does a blistering 6.0 seconds dash in the century, which unfortunately will not be released in our local shores. A direct competitor to the VW Golf R32, this would have been a very nice thing to see on our roads..

You can check out more photos in our 2007 BMW 1 Series 3 Door Gallery, however the majority of them are clip screens which aren’t in the best quality. We’ll update as soon as we get more shots in.

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2007 BMW 1 Series 3 Door Version

New three-door BMW 1 Series arrives

Revised five-door revealed
New technology cuts emissions by up to 21 per cent and improves fuel consumption
by up to 24 per cent
Tax-busting 60.1mpg 118d is BMW’s most economical production car
The new BMW 1 Series goes on sale in spring 2007 and features a model line up
that includes the most fuel efficient production vehicle BMW has ever produced.
The introduction of a three-door model and a revised five-door come as a raft
of new fuel-saving innovations are rolled out across the range.

Technologies such as Brake Energy Regeneration, Automatic Start-Stop function
and Electric Power Steering are combined with lower rolling resistant tyres
and a gearshift change indicator to encourage economical motoring. These innovations
are in addition to the use of variable valve technologies and High-Precision
Direct Injection engines on some 1 Series models that boost power output but
cut fuel consumption and emissions.

The BMW 118d, BMW’s most economical car, manages its record 60.1mpg figure courtesy
of these features in conjunction with the use of further lightweight engineering.
The car now has an aluminium crankcase to save weight. Aside from the BMW Hydrogen
7, the BMW 118d also posts the lowest ever CO2 emissions of any BMW recording
123g/km (putting it into the Band C category for Vehicle Excise Duty).

Other engines in the new 1 Series range record economy improvements of up to
24 per cent compared to the previous model, while emissions have also been cut
by up to 21 per cent. These improvements have not been to the detriment of driving
pleasure. The new 1 Series is powered by a range of engines whose outputs have
increased by up to 20hp with a consequential improvement in performance figures.

New fuel saving technology
Brake Energy Regeneration (iGR) makes its debut on the 1 Series. The
system uses an Intelligent Alternator Control (IAC) and an Absorbent Glass Mat
battery to recycle previously lost energy, in turn saving fuel. This is achieved
as the IAC reduces drag on the engine by only engaging when required to charge
the battery, whereas a traditional alternator is always pulling power from the
engine. Additionally, the energy generated by the engine on over-run (under
braking or descending a hill) was previously wasted. Now this lost energy is
utilised by the IAC to charge the battery. iGR alone is responsible for a three
per cent improvement in fuel economy.

The new 1 Series comes with Automatic Start-Stop function to cut fuel consumption.
Standard on all manual transmission models (except 130i), the system 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 not want to use the Automatic Start-Stop
function it can be manually switched off.

The use of Electric Power Steering results in a 90 per cent energy saving compared
to a conventional mechanical hydraulic steering system. Power assistance is
now provided by an electric motor that works only when required, such as turning
a corner. Other fuel saving enhancements have been made courtesy of various
ancillary devices, such as the air-conditioning power supply being disconnected
from the drivetrain when not in use. Even flaps behind the kidney grille improve
economy, closing up for improved aerodynamic efficiency should the engine require
less airflow. The feature also improves cold starting times.

Engine changes and statistics in detail
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).

Low running costs
The plethora of new technology showcased in the BMW 1 Series will have a significant
impact on cost of ownership for customers. For the company car driver all but
two engine variants now sit in the Band C category for Vehicle Excise Duty.
This results in a saving of up to £505 for someone paying 40 per cent
tax and up to £278 for those in the 22 per cent tax bracket. For all owners
fuel consumption improvement means a 12,000 miles-a-year driver will save approximately
£250 off the fuel bill.

Traction and safety
All BMW 1 Series models come with Dynamic Stability Control with Dynamic Traction
Control for the best combination driving pleasure and safety. DSC allows drivers
to make the most of the 1 Series’ 50:50 weight distribution and rear-wheel drive
configuration for the best on-road performance. The BMW 130i comes with five
additional functions with its DSC+ system for enhanced convenience and driver
safety: Hill Start Assistant, Brake Pre-tensioning, Brake Drying, Brake Fade
Compensation and Soft Stop.

All BMW 1 Series have six airbags as standard, the Brake Force Display function
on the rear lights to highlight sharp braking and Run-flat tyres with Tyre Puncture
Warning System.

A new style of BMW 1 Series

To herald the introduction of the latest generation of engines, BMW’s designers
have refreshed the interior and exterior styling of the five-door model. The
1 Series now features a larger kidney grille for improved airflow to the engine.
The lower front spoiler has also been reprofiled to create a larger air intake,
while the spoiler protrudes further for a more pronounced, sporting look. The
headlamp cluster remains the same size but a darker cover gives a subtle, more
distinguished front end.

At the rear a restyled bumper gives the impression of a wider, lower car. The
rear lamp cluster now features a new arrangement of lights, but retains its
original shape.

The new three-door 1 Series features the same styling cues but its side view
is naturally different. The passenger doors are longer than those on the five-door
model and are also frameless in the style of a coupé. Inside, customers
will also be able to choose between either a four-seat or a five-seat configuration.
In the four-seat arrangement rear passengers are separated by a central storage
compartment and sit in more sculptured seats. As a no-cost option the five-seat
layout offers the traditional bench seat standard on the five-door 1 Series.
The introduction of higher quality materials and minor changes to the layout
of the interior enhance customer comfort and practicality.

Optional highlights
The new 1 Series comes with MP3 and USB stick capability for the best in in-car
entertainment. Customers with their favourite music loaded on an Apple iPod
or a USB stick can now plug these into the car to continue their listening.
Tracks are selected via steering wheel controls or the iDrive system.

The optional Adaptive Headlights that turn to follow the intended course of
the car have been improved on the 1 Series. Cornering light function is added
to the package as standard. This means two additional lights turn at speeds
of between 22 and 40mph to further illuminate the direction of travel on a twisting
road.

Since its launch in September 2004, the BMW 1 Series has proved a popular choice
in the UK with 51,492 sold to date and in excess of 200,000 worldwide. The new
three- and five-door BMW 1 Series models will be on display at the Geneva Motor
Show in March and go on sale in the UK at the same time.

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