BMW has announced specifications and prices for the new 1-series, due on sale in September.

The only front-engine, rear wheel-drive car in its class, the 1-series starts at £15,690 on the road and will be available as three different models – Base, SE and Sport. Launching with a choice of four engines, prices will be as follows:-

Model

Base

SE

Sport

116i

£15,690

£17,640

£17,640

120i

£18,320

£20,270

£20,170

118d

£17,340

£19,290

£19,290

120d

£18,850

£20,800

£20,700

The Base model comes as standard with remote central locking, six airbags (driver, passenger, front side and front head), Dynamic Stability Control, Dynamic Traction Control, run-flat tyres, front electric windows, engine starter button, adjustable steering column, passenger seat height adjustment and BMW Business CD player.

The SE adds automatic air-conditioning, leather-clad multi-function steering wheel, rear Park Distance Control, auto-dimming interior mirror, central armrest, front fog lights and 16-inch seven-spoke alloy wheels.

The Sport features 16-inch five-spoke alloy wheels, automatic air-conditioning, sports suspension, sports seats, sports steering wheel, front fog lights and Black Gomera trim. The 116i and the 118d Sport models also include colour-coded exterior bodywork.

As you might expect for a BMW, there’s optional equipment aplenty if you’re prepared to dig a little deeper into your pockets: BMW’s Business navigation system, which includes the fitment of the iDrive controller, can be added as can full leather upholstery, all round Park Distance Control and xenon headlights. The Comfort Package includes rain-sensing wipers, a Storage Package, cup holders, front armrest, interior auto-dimming mirrors and rear Park Distance Control. A six-speed automatic gearbox is also offered for buyers of 120i and 120d models. Comfort Access (keyless entry), Extended Voice Control and Professional navigation systems will appear some time after the model launch.

Four engines are initially available – two petrol and two diesel.  The entry-level 116i has a 115bhp 1.6-litre Bi-VANOS petrol engine capable of a 0-62mph time of 10.8 seconds, a top speed of 125mph, and 37.7mpg economy.  The 120i has a 2.0-litre four-cylinder VALVETRONIC unit with 150bhp, which achieves 0-62mph in 8.7 seconds and a 135mph top speed.  The 120i comes with a six-speed manual gearbox as standard; the 116i makes do with a five-speed ‘box.

The current flagship of the range, the 120d, is powered by a 163bhp 2.0-litre common-rail diesel engine.  Performance is 0-62mph in 7.9 seconds, 137mph top speed, and 49.6mpg.  The smaller diesel unit, the 118d, uses a 122bhp 2.0-litre engine, averaging 50.4mpg with 0-62mph in 10 seconds and a top speed of 125mph.