BMW 1 Series

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BMW 1 Series
BMW 118i Urban Line (F20) – Frontansicht, 10. März 2012, Düsseldorf.jpg
BMW 118i Urban Line (F20)
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2004–present
Body and chassis
Class Compact car / Small family car (C)
Layout FR layout
Predecessor BMW Compact
Successor BMW 2 Series (for coupé/convertible)

The BMW 1 Series is a series of small luxury cars manufactured by the German automaker BMW since 2004. Successor to the BMW Compact, it has been produced in five different body styles. The 1 Series sedan is the first BMW model sold only in the Chinese market.

First Generation (E81/E82/E87/E88; 2004–2013)[edit]

BMW 1-Series (E87)
2010 BMW 118d (E87 MY10) 5-door hatchback (2011-01-13) 01.jpg
Manufacturer BMW
Production 2004–2011 (E87)
2007–2012 (E81)
2007–2013 (E82)
2007–2013 (E88)
Assembly Leipzig, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
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)
2010 BMW 120i (E87) 5-door hatchback (Australia)
Main article: BMW 1 Series (E87)

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 As of May 2013, the 3-door hatchback (model code E81) and 5-door hatchback (E87) have been superseded by the F20 and F21 models; the 2-door coupe (E82) and the two-door convertible (E88) have been superseded by the new BMW 2 Series.[1]

Model Codes[edit]

  • E87: 2004–2011 five-door hatchback
  • E81: 2007–2011 three-door hatchback
  • E82: 2007–2013 two-door coupe
  • E88: 2007–2014 two-door convertible

1 Series ActiveE[edit]

Main article: BMW 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.[2] 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).[3]

Deliveries of the ActiveE for field testing in the U.S. began in January 2012, after the Mini E trial ended.[4] A total of 1,100 vehicles were produced participate in the program worldwide, with 700 allocated for the U.S. trial [5] and 35 for a trial in China.[6]

Second Generation (F20/F21; 2011–present)[edit]

Main article: BMW 1 Series (F20)
BMW F20, F21
2012 BMW 125i (F20) 5-door hatchback (2015-07-03) 01.jpg
Production 2011–present (F20)
Assembly Leipzig, Germany
Regensburg, Germany
Araquari, Brazil[7]
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).[8]

The F20 5-door hatchback was unveiled in 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show.[9] and released later in 2011.

The M135i was named "The Sports Car of the Year 2012" by Top Gear Magazine.

The coupé and convertible of the F20 will be called the 2 Series.

Model Codes[edit]

  • F20: 2011–present five-door hatchback
  • F21: 2012–present three-door hatchback[10]
BMW 118i Urban Line (F20; Germany) 

First Generation Sedan (F52; 2017–)[edit]

Main article: BMW 1 Series (F52)

The 4-door sedan is a front-wheel drive model produced only for the Chinese market.


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  2. ^ "The BMW Concept ActiveE: The next chapter in BMW's project i Megacity Vehicle research initiative". BMW Press Release. 2009-12-17. Retrieved 2010-09-28. 
  3. ^ John Voelcker (2012-01-18). "BMW ActiveE Electric Car First Drive: What's It Really Like?". Green Car Reports. Retrieved 2012-04-19. 
  4. ^ Jim Motavalli (2012-01-12). "The Mini-E's True Believer Gets the Keys to the First BMW ActiveE". PluginCars. Retrieved 2012-01-13. 
  5. ^ Tom Moloughney (2011-10-14). "First Drive: BMW ActiveE Electric Coupe". Retrieved 2011-10-24. 
  6. ^ Han Tianyang (2013-06-24). "BMW ActiveE Project starts in Beijing". China Daily. Retrieved 2014-01-11. 
  7. ^ Sparks, Kenn (2013-12-16). "Groundbreaking ceremony for new BMW Group plant in Brazil". BMW Group. Retrieved 2014-07-06. 
  8. ^ "BMW Group PressClub Global". Retrieved 2011-10-15. 
  9. ^ "BMW at the 64. International Frankfurt Motor Show (IAA 2011).". 
  10. ^ "BMW F21 1 Series 3 Doors 116i Engine Technical Data". Retrieved 6 May 2013. 

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