Monday, 12 November 2012

BMW 1 series confirmed launch in India by 2013 end



BMW India recently confirmed their plans to launch 1 series sedan in India in 2013. "By the end of 2013, we will start assembly of completely knocked down (CKD) units of the 1 series at our Chennai plant for the Indian market," president of BMW Group India Philipp von Sahr told Wheel-O-Mania. Prices of the sedan version are to be in Rs 23-26 lakh bracket however their is no official confirmation from the German car maker on this.

"It is a tough economical situation...we will increase the prices of our products by up to 10 per cent depending on models by 2013," he said without elaborating.

BMW is also expected to offer two engine options namely the 118i and the 120d. The 120d will be equipped with the same two-litre oil burner in the 320d currently in India. Though slightly detuned to match emission norms and other dynamics of the car, the two-litre oil burner will develop 179PS of power at 4,000rpm. Torque will remain the same at 320Nm from 1,750rpm to 3,000rpm.

The 1.8-litre motor will produce 145PS of power at 4,000rpm and 300Nm of torque from 1,750rpm to 2,500rpm. Both engines have a claimed overall fuel consumption of 14kmpl for the petrol and 18kmpl for the diesel. The engine will be mated to a six-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox for both variants.

"We have increased the capacity at the plant to 11,000 units a year now from 1,500 in 2007. We have the flexibility and we can react on future capacity needs," Sahr said. Stay tuned for more information, meanwhile, Click here to view more images on our facebook page.


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