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BMW 2012 1-Series

BMW 2012 1-Series

The 2012 BMW 1-Series gets freshened styling and some new features. BMW's entry-level car comes as the 128i and 135i. It's available as either a 2-door coupe or convertible with a power-folding soft top. Also likely returning is the performance-oriented 1-Series M Coupe. Engines are 3.0-liter inline 6-cylinders shared with the BMW 3-Series.

The 128i has 230 horsepower, while the 135i is turbocharged and has 300 horsepower. The M has a 335-horsepower version of the 135's engine. All models have a standard 6-speed manual transmission. The 128i offers an optional 6-speed automatic. The 135i has an optional 7-speed automated manual that behaves much like an automatic. Safety features include ABS, traction control, antiskid system, curtain-side airbags (coupes), and front-side airbags.

A Sport Package includes specific trim, sport suspension (on 128i), and sport bucket seats. Other options include a voice-activated navigation system, leather upholstery, and heated front seats. M Coupe models have a performance suspension and exhaust, unique trim, and specific wheels. They also have an "M Drive" button that quickens throttle response. New for 2012 is RIM (Research in Motion) smartphone integration. This feature works with Blackberry devices. 

It allows access to e-mail, text messages, and notes through BMW's iDrive control system. The vehicle's voice-control system can read messages aloud via text-to-speech. The dashboard screen will also display the first three lines of text. The full text can only be displayed when the vehicle is parked.

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