BMW 1 Series
|BMW 1 Series|
|Body and chassis|
|Class||Compact car (C)|
|Predecessor||BMW 3 Series Compact|
|Successor||BMW 2 Series (for coupé/convertible)|
The first generation was produced in hatchback, coupe and convertible body styles. Since the second generation (introduced in 2013), the coupé and convertible models have been marketed as the 2 Series, therefore the 1 Series range no longer includes these body styles. A sedan model became available for the Chinese market in 2017.
The 1 Series is BMW's entry level of model range. Unusually for a small car, the 1 Series range is mostly rear-wheel drive, (except for the F52 sedan, which is front-wheel drive) with optional all-wheel drive being available on some models.
First Generation (E81/E82/E87/E88; 2004–2013)
|First generation (E87)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||2-door coupe (E82)
2-door convertible (E88)
3-door hatchback (E81)
5-door hatchback (E87)
|Wheelbase||2,660 mm (104.7 in)|
The first-generation BMW 1 Series is a small family car produced by the German automaker BMW since 2004, when it replaced the BMW 3 Series Compact range as the smallest and cheapest vehicle (depending on the engine model) in the BMW range. As of May 2013, the 3-door hatchback (model code E81) and 5-door hatchback (E87) have been superseded by the F20 and F21 models; the 2-door coupe (E82) and the two-door convertible (E88) have been superseded by the new BMW 2 Series.
- E87: 2004–2011 five-door hatchback
- E81: 2007–2011 three-door hatchback
- E82: 2007–2013 two-door coupe
- E88: 2007–2013 two-door convertible
1 Series ActiveE
The BMW ActiveE is a demonstration electric car based on the BMW 1 Series small family cars. It is the second vehicle after the Mini E to be developed under BMW Group's Project i. The electric drive system is the latest addition to BMW's EfficientDynamics program. The US Environmental Protection Agency official range is 151 kilometres (94 mi), with an energy consumption of 33 kW·h/100 miles, and the agency rated the ActiveE's combined fuel economy at 2.3L/100 km (102 miles per gallon gasoline equivalent).
Deliveries of the ActiveE for field testing in the U.S. began in January 2012, after the Mini E trial ended. A total of 1,100 vehicles were produced participate in the program worldwide, with 700 allocated for the U.S. trial  and 35 for a trial in China.
Second Generation (F20/F21; 2011–present)
|Second generation (F20, F21)|
|Body and chassis|
|Body style||3-door hatchback (F21)
5-door hatchback (F20)
|Related||BMW 2 Series|
|Wheelbase||2,690 mm (105.9 in)|
|Length||4,324 mm (170.2 in)|
|Width||1,765 mm (69.5 in)|
|Height||1,421 mm (55.9 in)|
|Curb weight||1,360–1,590 kg (3,000–3,510 lb)|
The 2nd generation BMW 1 Series range comprises 3-door hatchback (model code F21) and 5-door hatchback (F20) models. Like its E87 predecessor, it uses a longitudinally-mounted engine, aluminum multi-link suspension and a rear-wheel drive chassis (however some models are available with all-wheel drive).
The F20 5-door hatchback was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. and released later in 2011.
The M135i was named "The Sports Car of the Year 2012" by Top Gear Magazine.
- F20: 2011– five-door hatchback
- F21: 2012– three-door hatchback
1 Series sedan (F52) for Chinese Market 2017–present
The 1 Series (F52) is a four-door sedan that began production in 2017 in China for the Chinese market. It is made by BMW Brilliance, a joint venture between BMW and Brilliance Auto. The F52 uses the front-wheel drive UKL platform shared with the X1 and Mini Hatch. 
- F52: 2017– front-wheel drive, four-door sedan
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