Last week, BMW France hosted a media launch of the new BMW 1 Series. One of the models tested was the BMW 120d in a Misano Blue color. The BMW 120d xDrive boasts BMW xDrive all-wheel drive and the eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission as standard.

Its four-cylinder power unit produces 140 kW (190 hp) at 4,000 rpm and places its peak torque of 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) at the driver’s disposal between 1,750 and 2,500 rpm. The car can therefore sprint to 100 km/h (62 mph) from rest in 7.0 seconds, on its way to a top speed of 230 km/h (143 mph).

At the same time, it returns combined fuel consumption of 4.7 – 4.5 liters per 100 kilometers while emitting 124 – 117 grams of CO2 per kilometer.

This BMW 120d Misano Blue sports the M ​​Sport configuration with a specific aerodynamic kit, a lowered suspension and imposing 19 inch wheels. With lots of options, the price tag of this particular model rings in at 59,515 euros.  However, the average selling price of this version 120d is around 39,800 euros.

The changeover to the BMW front-wheel-drive architecture is reflected in the new proportions of the all-new BMW 1 Series. The bonnet is now shorter since the engine bay only needs to accommodate 3 and 4-cylinder engine, while the rear design gets a longer roofline.

In the back, we’re also getting a wide tail with an athletic shoulder line above the rear wheel arches which BMW says that it emphasizes its, still, sporty character. Thanks to the traversal mounting of the engine, the new 1 Series offers significantly more space.

At 4,319 millimeters, the new BMW 1 Series is five millimeters shorter than its predecessor. In terms of width (now 1,799 millimeters), this third-generation model has grown by 34 millimeters while its height (1,434 mm) has increased by 13 millimeters. At 2,670 millimeters, the wheelbase is 20 millimeters shorter than that of the predecessor model.

The worldwide launch got underway on September 28th, 2019, so first units of the new 1 Series are starting to arrive at local dealerships. Of course, that doesn’t apply to the US market.