BMW showcased the M135i at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show a few weeks back, and it was the first time we got the glimpse of what the three-door version would look like. The German automaker has finally revealed the three-door version of its latest-generation 1-Series hatch.
Though it is present in the European market for over a year now, the new 1-Series is no expecting a US debut anytime soon. However, you can expect a coupe and cabriole version to roll in soon, and in the states it will carry the badge as 2-Series.
For the new 1-Series, BMW has given a host of petrol and diesel engine options, including the glorious turbocharged 3.0-liter six-cylinder motor in the top-of-the-range BMW M Performance model, christened M135i that debuted at Geneva.
While the entire lineup of M Performance model features diesel power plant, the new M135i is the first of the performance models to carry a petrol motor. Similar to the five-door version, the new three-door has something for everyone. The BMW M135i M Performance comes with race-tuned, stiffer suspension, aerodynamic body-kit, 18-inch alloys and upgraded brakes.
Pop-up the hood, and you’ll find a host of engine options from 100 bhp 114i, 134 bhp 116i, 215 bhp 125i and the new M135i with a staggering 320 bhp output. The M Performance engine features a TwinPower Turbo technology with Twin Scroll turbocharger, direct injection and variable valve timing, giving the M135i a dead to 62 mph of 5.1 seconds, with a top speed of 155 mph.
For the diesel trim, BMW offers the 114 bhp 116d, 140 bhp 118d, 215 bhp 125d and the eco 116d EfficientDynamics with 114 bhp and tailpipe emissions of just 99 g/km.
Transmission options include a six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic. As a part of the 2012 model, BMW is likely to add 168 bhp 118i and 181 bhp 120d to the 1-Series lineup. Besides, there is also a possibility of BMW all-wheel-drive versions in the 120d xDrive and M135i xDrive.
Appearing under five-seat or four-seat configuration, the BMW 1-Series is quite spacious with 12.7 cubic-feet volume with rear seats up and 42.3 cubic-feet with the seats folded down. In terms of fabrication, the 1-Series features distinct Hexagon/Alcantara upholstery, an M leather steering wheel, an M driver footrest, and a speedometer & tachometer.