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)
The BMW E81/E82/E87/E88 is the first generation of the 1 Series, which was produced from 2004 to 2013. It replaced the 3 Series Compact as the smallest and least expensive vehicle in the BMW range.
The body styles consist of a 3-door hatchback (E81), 5-door hatchback (E87), 2-door coupe (E82) and 2-door convertible (E88).
The engines available were four-cylinder diesel and four- and six-cylinder petrol, in both naturally aspirated and turbocharged forms. Unlike most hatchback competitors, the E81/E82/E87/E88 uses rear-wheel drive (instead of front-wheel drive).
The 1 Series accounted for nearly one-fifth of the total BMW sales in 2008.
Second Generation (F20/F21; 2011–present)
The F20/F21 is the second generation of the 1 Series, which was released in 2011.
The body styles of the F20/F21 range are a 3-door hatchback (model code F21) and a 5-door hatchback (model code F20).
For the second generation of 1 Series, the coupe and convertible models were spun off to create the BMW 2 Series range.
The F20/F21 was initially powered by four-cylinder petrol, four-cylinder diesel and six-cylinder petrol engines. In 2015, three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines were added to the model range. All engines are turbocharged.
Unlike most hatchback competitors, the F20/F21 uses a longitudinally-mounted engine and rear-wheel drive (instead of front-wheel drive) for most models. The F20/F21 is the first 1 Series to offer an optional all-wheel drive (called "xDrive" by BMW).
Chinese market 1 Series sedan (F52; 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.
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