BMW M135i

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.