New BMW 1-Series set for UK launch

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A three-door and a revised five-door model of the BMW 1-Series have been revealed to car buyers, with the manufacturer touting the 118d model as its most economical production car.

This version of the 1-Series is capable of 60.1 miles per gallon, according to BMW, an achievement made possible by new technology which cuts fuel consumption by up to 24 per cent.

The automaker states that the range is also ecologically-friendly, with emissions being reduced by up to 21 per cent in some cases.

Technologies across the range include brake energy regeneration, an automatic stop-start function, electric power steering, lower rolling-resistant tyres and a gearshift change indicator, which is designed to facilitate more economical motoring.

Among the stylistic updates to the range is a larger kidney grille to increase airflow to the engine, a front spoiler which protrudes further to give a sportier look and a restyled rear bumper to give the impression of a wider, lower vehicle.

Inside the car there will be mp3 and USB stick capability, which can be accessed via steering wheel controls, to enhance options for in-car entertainment.

The BMW 1-Series has proved popular in the UK since its launch in September 2004, selling 51,492 cars. The new range will be displayed at the Geneva motor show in March and will go on sale in the UK at the same time.

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