We’ve just finished driving the all-new BMW 1 Series – two models, the 118d and the top of the line M135i xDrive. Driving impressions are under embargo until July 17th, but as always, we bring you forward some real life photos of the 1 Series. The photo gallery below focuses on the M135i xDrive, shown here in Misano Blue.

Using the front-wheel drive architecture from BMW, the new hot hatch is still sending power to all four wheels, but this time, from a 2.0 liter four-cylinder turbo engine. This engine is the BMW Group’s most powerful four-cylinder engine, extracting 225 kW (306 hp) between 5,000 and 6,250 rpm and has a peak torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) 1,750 rpm and stays there up to 4,500 rpm.

The flagship model races to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in just 4.8 seconds (4.7 seconds with M Performance package), while top speed is limited to 250 km/h (155 mph).

A newly developed twin-pipe exhaust is also standard, with tailpipes measuring 100 millimeters in diameter.

The M135i xDrive is the only model variant to feature the BMW kidney grille in a distinctive mesh design. Its surround and three-dimensional elements come in Cerium Grey, likewise the additional model-specific trim of the outer air intakes and the mirror caps. Like the BMW M rear apron, the other elements of the exterior mirrors come in High-gloss Black. As with M Sport specification, the window graphic surrounds adopt BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim, while the M135i xDrive also comes exclusively with a BMW M rear spoiler in body color.

BMW M135i xDrive is delivered from the factory with bespoke polished 18-inch light-alloy items. Newly designed 19-inch light-alloy wheels are optionally available for this and the M Sport model.

Inside, the new BMW interior is a step up from the old with updated tech in the new iDrive system and a sleeker-looking center console. BMW will offer an electric panoramic sunroof for the first time on the 1 Series. Other features such as a choice of backlit trim strips and wireless charging will also be offered to customers. The 1 Series can also be had with a pair of digital screens of up to 10.25-inches in size featuring BMW Operating System 7.0. A full-colour, 9.2-inch Head-Up Display will also be optionally available.

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