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BMW - 2005 120i
BMW - 2005 120i

BMW - 2005 120i

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BMW 120i The first-generation BMW 1 Series is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact as the smallest a... More »
BMW 120i

The first-generation BMW 1 Series is a compact executive car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact as the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the BMW range. The 3-door and 5-door hatchbacks were replaced by the F20 and F21 models in 2012, while the E82 coupé and E88 convertible variants were replaced by the 2 Series F22 and F23 in 2013.

Available in 3-door hatchback (model code E81), 5-door hatchback (E87), coupe (E82) and 2-door convertible (E88) body styles, the 1 Series features a rear-wheel drive chassis, 50:50 weight balance, longitudinally-mounted engine and aluminum multilink suspension as well as a range of petrol and diesel engines. The 1 Series accounted for nearly one-fifth of the total BMW sales in 2008.

The 1 Series was developed alongside the E90 3 Series. Design work was done by Christopher Chapman in 2001, which was frozen for series production at the end of 2001. The 2002 CS1 Concept previewed the 1-Series design elements at the 2002 Geneva Motor Show.

The 1 Series was launched globally in Autumn 2004 and shares many structural, chassis, powertrain, hardware and electronic elements with the larger E90 3-Series. The model was started to provide a lower point of entry into the BMW range as the 3 Series moved gradually up-market. Initially launched as a five-door hatchback, a three-door version was also launched in July 2007.

The 1 Series Coupé (E82) was unveiled in Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung (IAA) 2007, which went on sale on 24 November 2007.

The 1 Series coupe (E82) and convertible (E88) went on sale in the United States and Canada for the 2008 model year as the 128i and the 135i in June 2007. Other countries received the 120i and 125i in both platforms. The convertible, unlike the 3 Series convertible, uses a soft-top instead of a folding hardtop.

The North American introduction of the coupe and cabriolet was during the second quarter of 2008, which was credited for helping BMW overtake Lexus as the top luxury brand.

The first-generation 1 series shares over 60% of components with the E90 3-Series., including front and rear suspension.

2007

In 2007 the 1 Series lineup expanded considerably with the introduction of a three-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. There was also a mid-generational refresh as engines were upgraded and more fuel efficient, along with new bumpers and other exterior and interior updates.

2011

In 2011, the coupé and cabriolet bodies gained a facelift. Exterior changes to the model were minor headlight and taillight revisions, new front/rear bumpers and minor revisions to the interior. The only new engine was the N55 which replaced the N54 twin-turbo, with power and torque output remaining the same. Even though many engines are same, the facelifted 1 Series fuel consumption is slightly higher in some models such as the 123d, and slightly lower in some models such as the 120i.

Market

The 1 Series Coupé was marketed in the US as a successor to the BMW 2002, a two-door from the 1970s known for its light weight and relative high performance at the time and its long bonnet, slim cabin and short rear.

In the 1-series hatchback commercial, Kermit the Frog was shown driving a BMW 1 Series around in a desert making figure eights, showcasing the car's agility.

Jeremy Clarkson and other journalists raised aesthetic complaints about the 1-series, adding at the end of his review for the Sunday Times 'The 1-series is crap.'

Critical response has changed in recent years with the introduction of the Coupé, and convertible model - which have been described as 'returning BMW to its roots', and the 135i has been described as the successor of the original E30 M3 of the 1990. Clarkson himself awarded the 2008 model five stars, and had the following to say: 'The 135 coupé is the best car BMW makes.'

The BMW 118d (not sold in North America) won the 'World Green Car Award' in 2008 as a performance-oriented car with CO2 emissions and fuel consumption comparable to Toyota Prius.

116i

Four-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.

116d

Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.

118i

Four-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback and convertible body styles. In early 2006 the 5-speed manual transmission was phased out in favor of the 6-speed gearbox available across the rest of the range.

118d

Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.

120i

Four-cylinder petrol, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.

120d

Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles.

123d

Four-cylinder diesel, available in 3-door hatchback, 5-door hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. Features a twin turbo design producing 204 bhp.

125i

3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 218 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles.

128i

3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 230 HP), available in coupe and convertible body styles, limited to the North American market.

130i

3.0L, six-cylinder petrol engine (N52: 265 HP), available in 3-door hatchback and 5-door hatchback body styles.

135i

Six-cylinder turbocharged petrol, available in coupe and convertible body styles.

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