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2012 BMW 1-Series adds M-Sports Package plus 125i, 125d and 116d EfficientDynamics

Fri, 13 Jan 2012 00:00:00 -0800

2012 BMW 1-Series gets new engines & M Sport Package

Six months on from launch BMW has extended the 1-Series range with the addition of the 125i, 125d and 116d EfficientDynamics. M-Sports Package too.

With sales of the new BMW 1-Series five-door hatch starting to flow, BMW feel its time to extend the range a bit. So we get three new engines and the M Sports Package available for the first time. But in the changing world of BMW that no longer means the arrival of big thirsty horses, so instead we get two new diesels and a swift and parsimonious petrol.

The sole petrol addition is the BMW 125i with a new four-cylinder petrol with twin-scroll turbo, good for 218bhp and 228lb/ft of torque. That’s enough to get the 125i to 62mph in 6.4 seconds and on to 152mph. The 125i will also average 42.8mpg and emit 154g/km.

The diesel sibling to the 125i is the BMW 125d. That comes with a 2.0 litre turbo diesel producing the same 218bhp as the 125i, but it gets 332lb/ft of torque, enough to get the 125d to 62mph in 6.5 seconds on its way to 149mph. In the process it emits 129g/km and averages 58.9mpg. Which begs the question, however good it is: What’s the point of the 125i?

If the appealing frugality of the 125d isn’t quite frugal enough for you, BMW has their eco pièce de résistance ready to play, with the BMW 116d EfficientDynamics. The 116d may not have the power of the 125d – it can muster 116bhp and 192lb/ft of torque – but it can still scoot to 62mph in 10.5 seconds on its way to 121mph. But the saving grace is the economy and emissions. The 116d will average 74.4mpg and emit a road tax busting 99g/km.

And whatever model BMW 1-Series you opt for, you will also be able to bolt on the new M Sports Package for the 1-Series, which gives you lots of sporty goodies including bigger alloys, lower suspension, the requisite body kit and some ‘M’ titivation for the interior.

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By Cars UK