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NEW 1-series, no pic yet, but read the article!!!!!


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This is the One BMW says will take it to the top of the small family car market. Exclusive images in the current issue of Auto Express show the four-door version of the new 1-Series, which will be a similar size and price to a VW Bora and is set to debut at next year's Geneva Motor Show.

Taking its styling cues from the recently unveiled 5-Series, the 1-Series has scalloped sides, a plump nose and angular lamp units, which have become a trademark of chief designer Chris Bangle. The profile will strongly echo that of the 1967 BMW 2002, widely regarded as the model that established the Munich manufacturer's upmarket, sporty reputation through volume sales. The new vehicle's retro appeal will continue inside with a neat three-spoke steering wheel and metal-painted dash to echo that of the 2002. However, the 1-Series will be packed with technology, including a simplified version of the iDrive system fitted to the 7-Series and new 5-Series. As safety is high on BMW's agenda, expect six standard airbags and a specially designed pedal box which moves away from the driver's feet in an impact.

The four-door will be produced exclusively in BMW's California factory, which started out building Z3s, and the US is expected to account for the majority of sales. In Britain, the scaled-down 3-Series will still have plenty of appeal, but is likely to be outsold by its three and five-door siblings.

This will be the only range in the manufacturer's line-up to rely solely on four-cylinder power. Choices are set to include an all-new 1.6-litre Valvetronic unit developing 110bhp, but that is unlikely to appear before 2005. Launch cars will offer 125bhp 1.8 or 150bhp 2.0-litre petrol engines, plus 115 and 150bhp 2.0-litre diesels. An M version is pencilled in for 2005, fitted with a 250bhp 2.4 Valvetronic powerplant.

New six-speed manual transmissions will be standard across the range. An SMG-style semi-auto sequential shift is to be an option on higher-spec versions, but performance promises to be excellent on all models.

Lightweight aluminium body panels keep weight to a minimum, while handling will benefit from standard-fit stability control and BMW's famed Z-axle rear suspension layout. Dynamic Drive power-steering, which reacts to speed and driver input, will also be offered. Styling options include additional spoilers, side skirts and 17 or 18-inch alloys.

Prices for the 1-Series, which goes on sale here in the summer of 2004, are expected to start from around £12,000, rising to more than £20,000 for the most upmarket models.


Can someone get a picture of it?

Need to start saving money.

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...and what '02 had a "metal-painted dash"? Early 1600s had chrome across the front, but I thought all others were just black padded vinyl. And BMW is re-introducing the "bus" wheel? That'll be a popular feature.

Sorry; I'm in a cynical mood about a $32,000 1-series. A 325 would start to sound really good at that point.

-Dave

Colorado '71

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or it will suffer the 318ti's fate....rear wheel drive isn't enough of a draw for most people to outweigh a lack of power in the price range they're talking about

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i'd rather keep the 02 for the real nostalga and get a 330 for the other fun car...

-dave

too many cars, not enough garage space...

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