BMW-1-Series While rivals Audi and Mercedes are going full throttle, BMW also plans its own model offensive for this year. This year is crucial for BMW as it will launch the updated version of its cash cow- the new BMW X1 but that is not all as you will read below it will launch the new 7-series and the hotly anticipated 1-series hatchback. Of all these launches it is the 1-series hatchback that will test the Indian consumer preferences as the concept of a premium hatchback has never been seen before in our market. So read on to find out what this German car company plans for us this year. BMW- new X1 New BMW X1 It is no secret that the Audi Q3 has been giving the X1 tough competition ever since its launch last year and so rightly within a few days the new X1 will come out. Though it is not a completely new model it does bring in some updates to the design and adds some freshness to the package. In the looks department the upper headlight area, a chrome-coated accent strip now cuts across the top of the twin circular headlights, while an LED accent light – included as part of the optional xenon light package, complete with LED light rings for the daytime driving lights. At the rear there is a new subdivision of apron, bumper and underguard, with the repositioned reflectors now also bordered by surfaces painted in body colour. As a result, the black plastic elements are slimmer, while the silver-coloured underguard has a more striking surface structure. Furthermore, the contours of the tail lights featuring LEDs now flow into the line of the tailgate handle. The interior changes are namely the side of the centre console angled towards the driver is now shallower. This sharply highlights the driver-focused principle of the cockpit design. BMW-X1 2013 rear styling The panel for the sound and climate system controls now has a high-gloss black surface to match the air vent surround. As you can see the changes are subtle. The BMW X1 xDrive20d has an output of 184 bhp and torque rising to 380 Nm. The new top-line model among the diesels is the BMW X1 xDrive25d. Delivering 218 bhp and peak torque of 450 Nm. The entry-level unit is the 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol engine in the BMW X1 sDrive18i which has an output of 150 bhp and delivers maximum torque of 200 Nm. As you can see the changes are subtle at best but are enough to keep the X1 fresh. For more visit our new BMW X1 page BMW-750Li New BMW 7-series In India demand for super luxury saloons are increasing and this segment is all about the best these German companies can do. The Audi A8 has taken this segment by storm but BMW also plans its own updated challenger in form of the new 7-series. Again like the X1 it is not a new model but has some subtle but important changes. From the front, the upright new BMW kidney grille is bigger and more pronounced as ever. The grille’s chrome surround is now larger, a change which – together with a new slat arrangement (nine slats instead of 12) – gives it greater presence on the road. Plus you get optional new full-LED headlights. The design of the brand’s familiar L-shaped rear lights, linked by chrome strip, remains unchanged. They are, however, richer in contrast thanks to differing shades of red. A second, delicately sculpted chrome strip draws a visual connection between the two slim reflectors in the rear apron. Another slim chrome bar between the four chromed tailpipe embellishers in the rear apron is a distinguishing feature of the 12-cylinder flagship model. Inside, the new BMW 7-Series can be specified as an option with individual rear seats that can be adjusted to suit individual requirements. BMW-750Li rear styling The backrest angle and seat position can both be varied, as can the position of the head restraints. The controls are the same as those for the front seats with memory function. There is a new Bang & Olufsen High End Surround Sound System even more powerfully to the fore. The 1,200-watt music system is hooked up to 16 speakers, some of which are positioned behind illuminated, satin-finish aluminium grilles sited in the mirror triangles of the doors and the parcel shelf. All the engines available for the new 7-Series team up with a eight-speed automatic transmission. The Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration and the second-generation Driving Experience Control switch with ECO PRO mode offer additional potential for fuel-saving. The six-cylinder diesel engines in the BMW 730d and BMW 740d also offer drivers the combination of increased output and lower fuel consumption. For more visit our new BMW 7-series page BMW-1-Series rear styling BMW 1-series A smaller and a more nimble BMW than the 3-series is always welcome and the 1-series will be the most affordable BMW when it goes on sale next year. The latest version of the BMW 1 Series was showcased at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September 2011, the car looks sleek and stylish and boldly wears the BMW family face. Compared with its predecessor, the new 1 Series is 85 mm longer (with a 30 mm longer wheelbase) and has an increase front and rear track width of 17 mm, while its height remains unchanged. It does have a rather long roadster like front hood a cute execution of the rear end. Infact, the rear tail lamps do remind us the VW Polo but seem to have been done up in a classier manner. The BMW 1 Series can be perceived as a large hatchback and the same goes for the cabin which is quite spacious. Due to an increase in length and wheelbase, the new 1 has more space for four large sized adults. The design of the cabin is also typical BMW with overly black fascia, typical round speedometer console dials and the same gear lever and iDrive design. Expect super high quality and equally good comfort levels. The BMW 1 series is expected to come with a choice of both petrol and diesel engines. BMW-1-Series front styling We believe the petrol option will be the 1.6-litre engine in either its 135PS or 170PS version. The former is called the 116i while the latter is called the 118i. On the diesel front, BMW will get either the 116d with a 2.0-litre 115PS motor or the same engine in a higher state of tune with 142PS which is called the 118d. As is the case with the BMW X1, the 1 series will also have a very tempting price tag. That means the 1 Series might just start from under Rs 18 lakh for the base petrol, extending to Rs 20.5 lakh for the top end diesel version. This price might sound steep for what is basically a large hatchback but if you consider the brand value, quality and comfort, than the 1 Series does make a lot of sense.