2025 BMW 1 Series Update: Details and Changes for Australia

Matt Brand
June 5, 2024
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The 2025 BMW 1 Series is set for its Australian debut later this year, featuring extensive updates from its previous model.

This iteration, designated as the F70, serves as a significant facelift rather than a new generation, succeeding the F40 series.

In a shift from traditional naming conventions, BMW has removed the 'i' suffix from petrol models, which has historically indicated fuel injection technology.

This change aligns with BMW's new strategy to reserve the 'i' designation for electric vehicles. Consequently, model names have been simplified: the 118i is now the 118, and the M135i is now the M135.

The vehicle has increased in length by 42mm and height by 25mm, though the wheelbase and width remain the same, suggesting subtle changes to its dimensions.

Updates include new front and rear designs, an interior influenced by the X1 SUV, and changes to the lighting with new adaptive LED headlights and LED tail-lights.

The M135 model, now known as the M135 xDrive, features a slight adjustment in performance figures, with power at 233kW and torque at 400Nm, compared to the previous 225kW and 450Nm.

This model continues to use a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission and achieves a 0-100km/h time of 4.9 seconds.

Internally, the 1 Series includes a new 10.25-inch digital instrument display and a 10.7-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system, which incorporates the latest iDrive 9 software.

Functionalities include downloadable software updates, wireless integration for Apple CarPlay and Android Auto, and advanced satellite navigation.

The cabin features non-leather upholstery and redesigned controls integrated into the touchscreen.

Safety updates include a newly introduced front-centre airbag to enhance protection in side-impact scenarios and an advanced autonomous emergency braking system that now recognises intersections.

The 2025 BMW 1 Series reflects updates in technology and features, adhering to its established design framework while introducing modifications aimed at modernising the vehicle in line with current automotive trends.

Production in Europe is scheduled to begin in July 2024, with Australian deliveries expected to follow by year-end.

Matt Brand
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