Sales start this summer.

It was only yesterday when we reported the 1 Series hatch and 2 Series Coupe and Convertible could be getting a new 3.0-liter turbocharged engine, and the first thing BMW is informing us today is that exact upgrade.

The motor in question debuted in the 340i last year and now is making its way into the smallest models of the Bavarian brand – the 1 Series and 2 Series. Under the M140i and M240i designations, the vehicles offer 340 horsepower (250 kilowatts), a 14 hp (10 kW) increase in maximum output over its predecessor, the M135i/M235i.

With this unit, the M140i three- and five-door hatches and M240i Coupe return a combined fuel consumption of 30.1 miles per gallon (7.8 liters per 100 kilometers), while the M240i Convertible burns 28.3 mpg (8.3 l/100 km).

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As BMW mentions, the new M140i and M240i now offer the same output levels as the 1 Series M Coupe built between 2011 and 2012. Power figures aside, the two new models are 0.3 seconds faster than the vehicles they replace, which means the 0-62 miles per hour (0-100 kilometers per hour) acceleration now takes 4.6 seconds with automatic gearbox and 4.4 seconds in all-wheel-drive guise.

As standard, the M140i three-door, M140i five-door, M240i Coupe, and M240i Convertible are fitted with a six-speed manual gearbox, while the latest version of the eight-speed Steptronic Sport transmission is available as an option. Also, as an alternative to sending their power to the rear wheels, all four models can be ordered with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Both the M140i and M240i will be available in Europe, while only the M240i will be hitting U.S. dealerships this summer.

Hit the press release section below for additional details.

Source: BMW

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