The six-cylinder 265bhp BMW 130i will be introduced in September.
The car produces a 0-62mph time of 6.1 seconds while top speed is limited to 155mph. Fuel consumption is at 30.7mpg on the combined cycle, while the EU IV compliant power train produces 221g/km CO2.
For the first time on a 1-series, customers are able to specify active steering on the equipment list. BMW’s steering system varies the steering ratio depending on road speed and has been tuned specifically to the 130i.
#AM_ART_SPLIT# BMW UK has also announced the first details of a new entry model in the 5-series range, the 520d Saloon and Touring.
Powered by the same diesel engine as the BMW 320d, the 520d Saloon offers 163bhp at 4,000rpm and 340Nm of torque at 2,000rpm. This powers the car from 0-62mph in 8.6 seconds and on to a top speed of 139mph.
The EU IV BMW 520d delivers 47.9mpg on the combined cycle and 158g/km CO2 emissions. The 2.0-litre diesel engine is mated to a six-speed manual transmission as standard or, from early 2006, customers will be able to specify a six-speed automatic gearbox.
Standard equipment for the entry model includes 16-inch alloy wheels, cruise control, DSC traction control and eight airbags. The SE specification matches the 523i SE and receives 17-inch alloy wheels with run-flat tyres, park distance control and automatic dimming rear view mirror. The specification for the M sport variant matches the 523i M sport and includes 18-inch alloy wheels, sports seats and body styling enhancements.
The entire 5-series range is offered with BMW’s service and maintenance packages that give three or five year cover for a one-off payment from £395.