As exciting as it is to see BMW‘s new three-door 1-Series and M135i, sadly, neither be making their way to America anytime soon.
Over in Europe and other international markets, enthusiasts will get an opportunity to get their hands on the new model with a huge variety of engine choices with an aggressive, sporty design. Standard gasoline powerplants include a 114i with 102 hp, a 116i with 136 hp, and a 125i with 218 hp, while diesel options are a 116d with 116 hp, a 118d with 143 hp and a 125d with 218 hp. The German automaker will also offer an EfficientDynamics Edition of its 116d with additional fuel efficiency measures.
But the big news is the introduction of the M135i, BMW’s first M Performance engine to pack a standard gasoline engine. Under the hood is a 3.0-liter, straight-six with 320 hp and M-inspired suspension and aerodynamic features. The BMW M135i will also come in a more conventional five-door setup.
All engine variants available at the vehicle’s launch can be mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard or an eight-speed automatic with sport option. Each three-door 1-Series model can be purchased with a selection of upgrades, such as the BMW Sport Line, BMW Urban Line, and M Sport Package.
Coming in November later this year will be a 118i model with 170 hp, and a 120d with 184 hp. BMW will also offer an xDrive variant for the M135i and 120d marking the first time BMW will use its intelligent four-wheel drive in the 1-Series lineup.
No pricing is available as of yet.
Watch a video of the all-new BMW M135i in action below.
GALLERY: BMW Three-Door 1-Series
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