Thanks to direct injection and Bi-VANOS valve timing technology, the 2,979cc engine posts a 30.7mpg figure on the combined cycle and a CO2 emissions figure of 220g/km. Brake-energy regeneration also features with BMW’s new Efficient Dynamics technology, aiding fuel economy.
The 135i is joined by the 123d sporting the new 204hp twin-turbo diesel 2.0L motor. Peak torque is 400Nm from 2,000rpm, while the engine revs to in excess of 4,400rpm where peak power is attained. This performance equates to a zero to 62mph time of 7.0 seconds and a top speed of 148mph, while maintaining a consumption figure of 54.3mpg. The 123d also comes with Auto Start-Stop technology, Brake Energy Regeneration, third-generation common-rail fuel injection, a diesel particulate filter, active aerodynamics, Electric Power Steering and low rolling resistance tires. The entry level model is the new 120d, which packs a 2.0L turbodiesel with 177hp that proves to be the most economic of the lot with a consumption figure of 58.9mpg.
All models come available with an M sport package as an option, which includes 17in alloys for two diesels and 18in wheels for the 135i. The pack also includes a unique bodykit, sports suspension, sports seats, a leather steering wheel and ‘M’ labeling. This is the specification for European markets, the US will likely receive more petrol models.