BMW UK has announced the first details of the new BMW 1 Series convertible, the world’s first premium convertible in the compact segment. Powered by four- and six-cylinder engines, from the entry-level 143hp 118i convertible to the ‘bahn-storming’ 306 135i convertible, the open-topped BMW 1 Series uses elements of BMW’s EfficientDynamics programme to deliver high-performance, economical and low-emission, roof-down motoring.
The Convertible is the fourth derivative of 1 Series to be launched and will carry over much of the styling and technology from the recently announced Coupe model. The obvious addition is an electro-hydraulic fabric roof that opens or closes in 22 seconds, and at speeds of up to 25mph. The convertible roof is available in classic black, beige or, as a world first, an innovative anthracite silver fleck which is a fabric material interwoven with fine shiny metallic fibres.
The interior of the new BMW 1 Series convertible features stretched horizontal lines that visually dominate the cockpit. With space for 4 occupants and 305 litres of boot space with the roof up (260 litres with the roof down), there is plenty of room to convey occupants and luggage over the longest of journeys.
In line with recently launched BMW 3 Series and BMW 6 Series convertibles owners of BMW 1 Series convertible models benefit from Sun Reflective Leather Technology whenever leather seat coverings are specified. This technology reduces the surface temperature of the seat surfaces by up to 20 degrees Celsius.
Also carried over from the new BMW 3 Series convertible are specific settings for the air conditioning system. Besides the standard settings, the system recognises when the roof has been opened and defaults to a ‘convertible’ mode so that the ventilation control reacts more to the outside temperature and sunlight factors to establish the intensity of the ventilation supplied.
All BMW 1 Series models feature a 6-speed manual gearbox as standard with owners able to opt for a 6-speed automatic gearbox on all models. Steering wheel mounted paddles enabling manual shifts of the auto box are standard on 135i cars and optional on 125i models.
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