Australian BMW 1 Series Range No Longer Includes Diesel Engines

1-series, News | November 23rd, 2018 by 1
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Times are changing and it seems like the advancement of turbocharged petrol engines and the decreasing popularity of diesel powerplants are already changing car line-ups …

Times are changing and it seems like the advancement of turbocharged petrol engines and the decreasing popularity of diesel powerplants are already changing car line-ups around the world. It’s becoming a trend in Europe to ban diesel cars in and around big cities on account of them being too ‘dirty’ and now it looks like various line-ups are affected, since demand has dropped. Australian customers, for example, can no longer order a diesel-powered 1 Series model.

The news came from Australia’s product communication manager, Adam Davis, who talked to Car Advice about the topic. He said that the drop in demand for the compression-ignition models lead to the decision: “Our diesel passenger vehicle range has progressively dropped in Australia as the new-generation petrol engines become more efficient, responsive and torquey in these cars,” Davis said.

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However, the same drop in demand is also behind the decision to axe another model from the line-up, the 120i. The petrol-powered model is apparently not hitting the sales targets and will no longer be offered in the land down under. That means Aussies are now limited to the 3-cylinder 118i, the great all-rounder 125i and the big daddy, the M140i, a car that is, unfortunately, on its way out of production.

That’s because we’ll get to see a completely new 1 Series range next year, one that leaves the rear-wheel drive layout behind and moves on to the UKL platform, to offer more room and more practicality to customers. It will also be offered in a sedan guise, to take on its rivals such as the Audi A3 sedan and the A-Class sedan. We’ll still get a high-performance model but with all-wheel drive and a 4-cylinder turbocharged engine under the hood, which will definitely not be the same.

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