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The new BMW 1 Series Convertible Promises First Class Driving Pleasure

Munich - The open two door continues the success of the BMW 1 Series and extends the typical driving experience in a BMW Convertible by a new dimension. The new BMW 1 Series Convertible combines sporting elegance of its design with the superior agility of the only compact car with rear wheel drive. Five high performance and efficient petrol and diesel engines are available to choose from at market entry level.

The BMW 1 Series Convertible is a four seater, with an electrohydraulically driven fabric roof opens and closes within 22 seconds – and if necessary can be operated while on the move at low speed. The first premium convertible in the segment of compact cars makes it possible to entry into the typical driving experience of a BMW Convertible.

New yardsticks for sporty driving pleasure are set above all by the top of the range model BMW 135i Convertible, which is powered by a 225 kW/306hp, 3.0 litre straight six cylinder engine with Twin Turbo and petrol direct injection and can be recognised by its subtly modified, standard M Aerodynamics Package. The engine range is comple-mented by a further six cylinder in the BMW 125i Convertible, which produces 160 kW/218 hp, two newly developed four cylinder engines with petrol direct injection and a performance of 125 kW/170 hp in the BMW 120i Convertible and 105 kW/143 PS in the BMW 118i Convertible as well as from a new generation four cylinder diesel with 130 kW/177 hp for the BMW 120d Convertible.

Exclusive canopy fabric with interwoven shiny fibres

As a premium vehicle the new BMW 1 Series Convertible comes up with some surprising design details. A soft top option is available as an alternative to the classical black or beige which is anthracite with silver effect. This worldwide first, a feature exclusively developed for the BMW 1 Series Convertible, the canopy is in a woven fabric which is interwoven with fine shiny metallic fibres. This gives the material a high quality metallic shimmering surface impression, which produces charming reflections in sunlight.

The interior of the BMW 1 Series Convertible forms an elegant entity with the encompassing surfaces of the exterior. Building on the BMW 1 Series Coupé, the interior design was adapted to the requirements of an open vehicle. Concepts of coachwork and interior design interlink and support each other in their effect.

The advantages of the innovative sun reflective technology of the optional leather interior for the BMW 1 Series Convertible come into its own. BMW is the first automobile manufacturer in the world to use this technology to reduce the heating up of the surfaces by sunlight.

The sun reflective technology used to treat the leather uses special colour pigments worked into the material which cause the ultraviolet rays in the sunlight to be reflected. Heating up of the seat and armrest surfaces caused by sun rays can thus be largely prevented. The effect of the sun reflective technology is particularly noticeable with dark interior colours. In comparison to conventional leather finishes, a temperature difference of up to 20 degrees less can be achieved. Sun reflective technology also works on lighter leather finishes producing a much lower level of heating up of the surfaces by the sunlight.

Load through possibilities with transit bag: more room for sports equipment The 240 litres luggage space volume in the BMW 1 Series Convertible even with the roof open is noticeably generous and not beaten by any other convertible in this vehicle segment for load capacity. As soon as the soft top is closed, the variable cover which separates the canopy from the luggage space can be swivelled upwards. This increases the load space to 280 litres.

The transit bag is large enough to take, for example, two snowboards or a full size golf bag. Even if the roof is open there is ample space for two full size golf bags to be stowed crosswise. If one is pushed lengthwise into the transit bag then there is additional room in the luggage space for additional bags for example. A zip means access to the contents of the transit bag is possible from the rear of the car.

All petrol and diesel engines which are available for the new BMW 1 Series Convertible represent dynamism, efficiency and motoring culture in a typical BMW manner. They were designed within the BMW EfficientDynamics development strategy and are therefore equipped with a number of innova-tions to optimise the fuel consumption and emissions. The measures to increase the efficiency are applied in model specific combination and are in each case a part of the standard equipment.

Photos: BMW

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