Not to be upstaged by the launch of the stunning new BMW 1 Series M Coupé, the BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible ranges have received a number of significant modifications and upgrades that BMW say makes them even more desirable and efficient. The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible should go on sale here next March.
Both models differentiate themselves from previous incarnations by way of a new front bumper with redesigned fog lights and redesigned halogen headlights with an eyebrow element. When xenon headlights are specified this eyebrow element features an LED illuminated light bar. At the rear the headlights have also been changed with a more detailed appearance.
However, the greatest change to ES, SE, and Sport models is that they now come fitted with an Aero Curtain - a feature that channels the airflow around the front of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag, thereby increasing efficiency. Wheel arches are one of the main areas of aerodynamic drag and the Aero Curtain is BMW’s innovative solution to reduce this inefficiency.
Derived from race technology, air is routed into two ducts in the front apron which then flows out of a narrow opening at high speed in the wheel arch. This jet of air effectively covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain and thus reduces turbulence.
As a result, CO2 emissions have been lowered throughout the range, with the 118d now rated at only 118g/km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 155g/km or below.
As with all BMWs, the 1 Series Coupé and Convertible also come with a raft of other EfficientDynamics measures: Auto Start-Stop is fitted to all petrol and diesel models (excluding versions with automatic transmission ), while Diesel Particulate Filters, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (excluding 135i ), Intelligent Alternator Control, and Optimum Shift Indicator for manual models are all standard throughout the range.
The world premiere of the new BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible takse place at the Detroit International Motor Show in January. BMW will also give global debuts to the new 6 Series Convertible and the all-new BMW 1 Series M Coupe there too. It will also announce new and further innovations for EfficientDynamics and ConnectedDrive in Detroit.