BMW Malaysia has officially introduced the most powerful version of the third-generation 1 Series, the all-new (F40) M135i xDrive. The sole variant of BMW’s much-anticipated entry-level hatchback will be the sole offering for the Malaysian market at this point.
In a break from the tradition, BMW Malaysia has introduced the range-topping version in hopes of setting its own benchmark in the premium compact performance segment in the country. In terms of competitors, the new M135i will be taking on equally formidable rivals such as the Mercedes-AMG A35 4Matic, Volkswagen Golf R, and Renault Megane RS.
Underpinning the M135i is BMW’s UKL platform, which is shared with the (F48) BMW X1, which makes the third-generation 1 Series a front- or all-wheel drive proposition, unlike the first two generations.
Powering the BMW M135i xDrive is the BMW Group’s most powerful 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine, the (B48) M Performance TwinPower Turbo which outputs a maximum output of 306 hp and a peak torque of 450 Nm. The engine is mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox, which distributes power to all four wheels through a BMW xDrive AWD system.
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- Body Type: Hatchback
- Transmission: Automatic
- Engine Capacity: 1998 cc
- Fuel Type: petrol
- Seat Capacity: 5
- Price: RM 355,646
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