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The second generation of the BMW 1 series celebrated its premiere at the 2011 IAA in Frankfurt. Two equipment lines as "Sports Line" and "Urban Line" are available. Red stands forr the sporty style version.

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An eight-speed automatic transmission provides power transmission in the compact class at an additional cost. The headlights are now more pointed than on the predecessor.

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New assistance systems from the higher classes are also finding their way into the BMW 1 Series.

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The on-board internet connection is available at an additional cost.

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Five engines will be ready to start in autumn 2011.

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A petrol engine with 136 hp works in the entry-level model BMW 116i.

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For the diesel engines, you can choose between three variants with 116 hp, 143 hp and 184 hp.

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CD radio and air conditioning are standard equipment. The prices for the new 1 Series have not yet been determined, but, like the predecessor, should be around 22,200 euros.

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The smallest BMW attacks: In the second generation, the car is longer, wider and offers more space. The decisive change will not come until 2014.

B.MW opens the German premium duel in the compact class. Unlike competitor Mercedes with the new A-Class, the Munich-based company is initially focusing on evolution rather than revolution in its 1-series. Accordingly, the innovations only reveal themselves at second glance.

Outwardly, it remains in the tried and tested basic shape. The kidney grille is slightly larger and steeper, the bulbous side line of the predecessor is weakened, and at the rear, widened wheel arches make for a more present appearance.

The larger dimensions promise more space in the previously rather narrow interior. The five-door model has increased its length by 85 millimeters to around 4.32 meters, the wheelbase has grown by 30 millimeters and the width by 17 millimeters. The height of 1.42 meters remains unchanged.

The interior should convince with higher quality materials and improved workmanship. As usual with the brand, all controls are directed towards the driver.

For the time being, BMW remains true to the technology under the sheet metal. Only the rear wheels are still driven. Five engines will be ready for the market launch in autumn, all of which are turbo-charged. In the entry-level model 116i, a new 1.6-liter petrol engine with 136 hp is in service. The 118i ranks above this with a variant of the four-cylinder engine that has been upgraded to 170 hp.

For the diesel engines, there is a choice between three 2.0-liter engines with outputs of 116 hp, 143 hp and 184 hp. A 1.6-liter diesel with 116 hp and fuel consumption under four liters is also in preparation.

For the first time in the compact class there is an eight-speed automatic transmission for power transmission, manual six-speed transmissions are standard. Both variants can be combined with a start-stop system. In addition, depending on the model, braking force recovery, the needs-based control of the auxiliary units and low-friction tires ensure the lowest possible fuel thirst.

As usual, driver assistance systems from higher classes will also find their way into the new compact model when the model is changed. Among other things, the Bavarians offer a high beam assistant, adaptive cornering light, lane departure warning, cruise control with braking function and an on-board internet connection for a surcharge.

Standard equipment includes CD radio, air conditioning and the new one "Driving experience switch ". The driver can use it to electronically adjust the characteristics of the engine, steering and automatic transmission to suit his needs. In addition to a particularly sporty setting, there is also a consumption-optimized mode.

The prices for the new BMW 1 Series five-door have not yet been determined. The current model starts at 22,200 euros. The new one will initially be located in similar regions.

Probably from 2014, however, variants with front-wheel drive will also be offered for the first time, which will push the entry-level price down. That would be tantamount to a revolution with which BMW catches up with its competitor Mercedes in terms of novelty value. The Stuttgart-based company is only bringing its A-Class onto the market shortly after the new 1 Series. And visually it will have nothing in common with its predecessor.

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