BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible 2012 Update

BMW 2012 1 Series Coupé side

The mid-life update of the BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible range offers fresh design enhancements, stlylish interior options, advanced new technologies and improved efficiency in the premium compact segment.

The addition of a new entry-level engine variant in the form of the BMW 120i Coupé also provides an exciting new entry pricepoint to the range.

Design enhancements include redesigned front vertical air intakes which now guide air through ducts to the two wheel arches. The air emerges from a narrow, vertically-oriented slot so that it is directed along the sidewalls of the tyre at high speed. The airflow takes the form of an ‘air curtain’ covering the wheels, reducing the air resistance in the area of the wheel arches.

BMW 2012 1 Series Coupé dash

The mid-life update also introduces newly designed headlights, with new accent line above the headlight cluster, creating the typically BMW focused gaze. With option Bi-Xenon headlights, this accent line is in LED form. The rear lights now also feature LED technology when in combination with Bi-Xenon lights.

The entirely new front and rear aprons of both models can be further enhanced with the M Aerodynamic package, providing an even more muscular and sporty on-road presence. The M Aerodynamics package is standard for the 135i Convertible and also part of the standard full M Sport Package on the 135i M Sport Coupé.

The mid-life update also introduces two new metallic paint finishes (Marrakesh Brown and Vermilion Red), two new interior upholstery colours (Oyster and Savannah) and new Alpine White interior trim.

The alloy-wheel line-up has been revised with the introduction of three new designs, including the new 17-inch ‘Streamline’ alloy wheel fitted standard to all 123d and 125i variants.
The new BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible range is offered in three petrol and two diesel engine variants.

BMW 2012 1 Series Convertible dash

The BMW 118d Convertible is powered by a four-cylinder in-line turbo diesel engine producing105 kW and 300 Nm of torque. Acceleration from 0–100 km/h takes 9.5 seconds and EU fuel consumption has improved to be just 4.8 litres/100 km and 127 g/km of CO2.

The BMW 120i Coupé and Convertible are powered by a four-cylinder in-line petrol engine delivering 115 kW and 200 Nm of torque. 0–100 km/h takes 8.6 seconds in the Coupe and 9.2 seconds in the Convertible.

A six-cylinder in-line petrol engine producing 160 kW and 270 Nm of torque powers both the BMW 125i Coupé and 125i Convertible. The Coupé accelerates to 100 km/h in 6.4 seconds but now uses only 8.1 litres of fuel per 100 km and CO2 emissions have been reduced to 189 g/km. In the case of the 125i Convertible, 0–100 km/h is achieved in 6.8 seconds and EU fuel consumption has been reduced to 8.3 litres / 100 km emitting just 194 g/km of CO2.

The BMW 123d boasts a four-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbo diesel engine producing 150 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The Coupé accelerates to 100 km/h in 7 seconds and fuel consumption is 5.1 litres 100 km and CO2 emissions are now 134 g/km. The Convertible variant covers the sprint to 100 km/h in 7.5 seconds with fuel consumption being 5.3 litres/100 km and CO2 emissions of just 139 g/km.

The top-of-the-range BMW 135i Coupé and Convertible are powered by a six-cylinder in-line TwinPower Turbo petrol engine producing 225 kW and 400 Nm of torque. The Coupé sprints to 100 km/h in 5.3 seconds with fuel consumption of 8.5 litres/100 km while the Convertible is just 0.3 seconds behind and offers fuel consumption of 8.6 litres/100 km.

Fuel economy improvements have been achieved not only through improved aerodynamics but also due to various BMW EfficientDynamics technologies being standard in varying combinations across the range. These include Auto Start/Stop technology, Shift Point Indicators and Brake Energy Regeneration.

BMW 2012 1 Series Convertible top side

All models have a 6-speed manual transmission as standard equipment. 118d, 120i, 125i, and 123d variants are optionally upgradable to a 6-speed automatic transmission. The 135i variants are available with the optional 7-speed Double Clutch Transmission.

A new high-value package has been introduced to the range for the first time. The ‘Innovations’ package, which has proven so popular with 3 Series customers, is now available to 1 Series Coupé and Convertible customers. Offering exceptional value, this package includes Business Navigation, Bi-Xenon headlights with headlight washer system, and High-Beam Assist. For 135i models the package includes Business Navigation, Harman Kardon surround sound system, anti-dazzle exterior mirrors and High-Beam Assist.

BMW 2012 1 Series Convertible front side

There is no price increase associated with the mid-life update of the 1 Series Coupé and Convertible.

BMW 1 Series Coupé and Convertible Australian pricing*, excluding LCT.
BMW 120i Coupé $47,400
BMW 125i Coupé $55,600
BMW 123d Coupé $58,200
BMW 135i Coupé $75,000
BMW 118i Convertible $53,200
BMW 120i Convertible $53,200
BMW 125i Convertible $64,900
BMW 123d Convertible $67,500
BMW 135i Convertible $82,500

*Manufacturer’s Recommended List Price is shown and includes GST but excludes dealer charges, stamp duty, statutory charges and on-road charges which are additional and vary between dealers and States/Territories. Customers are advised to contact their nearest BMW dealer for all pricing inquiries

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