German car maker BMW has announced revisions to its 1 Series Coupe and Convertible models.
By Press Association Reporters
Both models differentiate themselves from previous incarnations by way of a new front bumper with redesigned fog lights and redesigned headlights with an 'eyebrow' element. At the rear the lights have also been changed with a more detailed appearance.
The biggest change to ES, SE and Sport models is that they now come fitted with an Aero Curtain - a feature that channels the airflow around the front of the car to reduce aerodynamic drag, thereby increasing efficiency. Wheel arches are one of the main areas of aerodynamic drag and the Aero Curtain is BMW's innovative solution to reduce this inefficiency.
Derived from race technology, air is routed into two ducts in the front apron which then flows out of a narrow opening at high speed in the wheelarch. This jet of air effectively covers the side of the front wheels like a curtain and thus reduces turbulence.
As a result, CO2 emissions have been lowered throughout the range, with the 118d now rated at 118g/km, while all 2.0-litre petrol versions have CO2 emissions of 155g/km or below.
As with all BMWs, the cars also come with a raft of other EfficientDynamics measures: Auto Start-Stop is fitted to all petrol and diesel models (excluding versions with automatic transmission), while Diesel Particulate Filters, Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering (excluding 135i), Intelligent Alternator Control and Optimum Shift Indicator for manual models are all standard throughout the range.
The new BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible go on sale March 2011, with prices starting from 21,960 on-the-road for the BMW 118d ES Coupe and 24,245 for the 118i ES Convertible.