As part of its Paris Motor Show festivities, BMW will be debuting new all-wheel-drive versions of the European-spec 1 Series hatchback. At the show, the German automaker will show off the two AWD-equipped models that will be available at launch, the diesel-powered 120d xDrive and the range-topping M135i xDrive – a car that we've already sampled (and enjoyed) in its rear-wheel-drive configuration.

But remember: the Euro-spec F20 1 Series is vastly different from the E82/E88 coupe and convertible that are offered here in the United States. And thus, this xDrive announcement only pertains to the European models. Dave Buchko, a BMW product and technology spokesperson, reiterated that "The current 1 Series coupe and convertible that we sell here aren't engineered for AWD. The three- and five-door 1 Series are not destined for the U.S."

In other 1 Series news, BMW will debut a new 114d model, packing a turbocharged 1.6-liter diesel inline-four with 99 horsepower that is said to return between 55 and 57 miles per gallon (based on the EU testing cycle). Scroll down for BMW's official release.
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BMW 1 Series: world premiere for xDrive, new entry-level diesel model.

In Paris the intelligent all-wheel drive system xDrive sees its premiere in the BMW 1 Series. This system, which distributes drive torque variably between the front and rear axle, is now available for the compact model for the first time. Two models are presented for the market launch: the 120d xDrive and the BMW M 135i xDrive.

The new diesel entry-level model BMW 114d will also be presented at the 2012 Paris Motor Show: its 1.6-litre 4-cylinder engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology has an output of 70 kW/95 bhp, achieving an average fuel consumption of 4.1 to 4.3 litres per 100 kilometres (figures based on the EU test cycle, dependent on tyre format selected). This means that there are now five petrol engines and six diesel engines to choose from for the new 5-door BMW 1 Series and the new 3-door BMW 1 Series, combining hallmark brand driving pleasure with exemplary efficiency.


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      A P
      • 2 Years Ago
      Effing ugly and yet dreary at the same time......classic BMW styling.
      zoom_zoom_zoom
      • 2 Years Ago
      Cool, a 4 X 4 Clown Shoe.
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      that is a shame, i was really hoping for an awd 135. They would sell but loads of them here
        Dayv
        • 2 Years Ago
        @mookieblaylock
        I don't know if they'd sell buttloads, but I think there's more market for it than conventional wisdom states.
      flammablewater
      • 2 Years Ago
      I want a 1 series 3 door ssooooooooo bad. Bring it to North America!!!!!!!!!
      Ken
      • 2 Years Ago
      I still don't like the "zombie" headlight look on these things...
      1STH
      • 2 Years Ago
      Audi is the new BMW....and BMW wants to be Audi. Funny how things change in 20 years.
        RodRAEG
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1STH
        Except neither has reliability on their side. :/
          1STH
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RodRAEG
          as an owner of 2 Audis...i will concede they are not 'trouble free'....but such is the case for most cars that are well engineered----BMW, Audi, Mercedes, Porsche, etc....german cars require maintenance, and often their 'over-engineering' is the root of their issues. That being said.....(A) they are not for everyone and (B) for someone who enjoys them, they are worth the money spent.
          MacProMan
          • 2 Years Ago
          @RodRAEG
          Which manufacturer is immune from defects? I can't wait to hear! Oh, right... There are NONE... Don't expect perfection as that is unattainable... I have had great luck with my BMWs btw
        Zoom
        • 2 Years Ago
        @1STH
        Audi is definitely NOT the new BMW. Unfortunately, BMW is going the Audi route: less driving performance and more softness.
      robespierex
      • 2 Years Ago
      wait, so how long are they going to be selling the current RWD 1 series here in america?
      t1m
      • 2 Years Ago
      Can't get over the looks... it's starting to look worse every time I see it
      mookieblaylock
      • 2 Years Ago
      ok so that leaves the upcoming s3 and amg cla. Merc will be 50 k and will look stupid so that's out. S3 will be sedan and substantially less horsepower but i would think better than merc reliability and maybe low 40s cost. Still hard to get excited about knowing the beemer had an ez 400 hp tune, oh well dont need to spend the money anyway so a blessing in disguise :)
      KAG
      • 2 Years Ago
      About time, I would say it is a bad thing we don;t get the hatchback in America, but that front end is just dog ugly.
      MacProMan
      • 2 Years Ago
      I love the idea of a small car with an efficient yet powerful motor and AWD, can't wait for MINI to get this option too in the future... Golf R and WRX watch out, BMW is gonna be nipping on your heels soon...
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