The all-new BMW 128ti hatch will arrive in Australia early in 2021. Chief features include specially tuned M Sport suspension, A 2.0-litre engine with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology that generates 180kW and 380Nm.

Since the 1960s the ‘TI (later ‘ti’) badge has stood for ?Turismo Internazionale? and indicates sporty members of the model range.

The new BMW 128ti is based on the M Sport model specification available for the BMW 1 Series. ΓΏ
It has a distinctive front apron with sculpted air intakes. The side skirt trim and ‘ti’ badge are red on the BMW 128ti with Storm Bay metallic, Mineral Grey metallic, Sapphire Black metallic and Alpine White paintwork.

If the 128ti is ordered with the Melbourne Red metallic or Misano Blue metallic finishes, the accents and ?ti? badge come in black.

The window graphic surrounds feature BMW Individual high-gloss Shadow Line trim. The ‘128ti’ badge on the tailgate is finished in chrome
The BMW 128ti has18-inch Y-spoke 553 M bi-colour light-alloy wheels designed exclusively for this model.

Inside are premium materials with red accents that create a strong contrast against the black headliner. Race Red surface is used on the backrests of the Sensatec/cloth sport seats.

A red ‘ti’ is stitched into the centre armrest along with the other armrests, door panels, instrument panel and floor mat edging. The steering wheel rim and airbag cover of the standard M Sport steering wheel also have red stitching.

Standard specification for the BMW 128ti also includes M door sill strips on the front door openings and M seat belts.

A 9.2-inch BMW Head-Up Display will be standard on Australian imports.

M Sport suspension has a 10-millimetre reduction in ride height for a lower centre of gravity and a more aggressive appearance. It has firmer anti-roll bars and anti-roll bar mounts with high preload from the range-topping BMW M135i xDrive, as well as stiffer springs and shock absorbers that have been modified accordingly.

The front axle of the BMW 128ti is equipped as standard with the same Torsen limited-slip differential adopted by the BMW M135i xDrive.

Aluminium four-piston monoblock fixed calipers and 360 x 30-millimetre inner-vented discs are employed at the front wheels. Floating calipers with inner-vented brake discs measuring 300 x 20 millimetres are at the rear. The calipers have an M logo at the front axle and are painted red.

The exclusive 18-inch Y-spoke 553 M bi-colour light-alloy wheels fitted on the BMW 128ti can be specified with sport tyres in 225/40 R18 format as a no-cost option. Nineteen-inch double-spoke 552 M light-alloy wheels shod with 235/35 R19 tyres are optional.

Dealers are taking orders for the BMW 128ti and deliveries are expected early in 2021.

About Ewan Kennedy

Ewan Kennedy, a long-time car enthusiast, was Technical Research Librarian with the NRMA from 1970 until 1985. He worked part-time as a freelance motoring journalist from 1977 until 1985, when he took a full-time position as Technical Editor with Modern Motor magazine. Late in 1987 he left to set up a full-time business as a freelance motoring journalist. Ewan is an associate member of the Society of Automotive Engineers - International. An economy driving expert, he set the Guinness World Record for the greatest distance travelled in a standard road vehicle on a single fuel fill. He lists his hobbies as stage acting, travelling, boating and reading.
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