Super Sleek BMW 1-Series Facelift Unveiled Ahead of Launch

BMW has spruced up its big selling hatch and is expected to introduce the facelift version of the 1 Series sometime very soon. The new 1 Series will make its debut at the Geneva Motor Show. The automobile giant has made a host of radical styling updates along with the introduction of three new and four cylinder range of petrol and diesel engines.

The front end of the car sports the most notable change, with more angular and narrower headlamps. The ‘M Sport’ variant is likely to get full LED headlights as standard.

Meanwhile, the rear has been spruced up as well, it sports sleeker L shaped LED taillights that are seamlessly tapered around and along the boot lid. In addition, the newly designed double kidney grille and large air intakes gives the new hatch a  meaner look than its outgoing predecessor.

On the inside, there’s a new fabric for seats along with a piano black finish applied to the central console while buttons get chrome accents. A 6.5-inch screen is standard though opting for a Professional Sat-Nav system gets you an 8.87-inch screen, while climate control is standard. Even the self-parking feature gets an overhaul, which now includes bay parking along with parallel parking. While radar-based active cruise control with stop and go functions is now also offered.

The engine range used in the new 1 Series has plenty in common with the new MINI, as the entire range is taken primarily from BMW’s new modular engine family. Though we still have to get confirmation on its India launch, ideally it’ll be the same 2.0 litre diesel engine. It’ll be offered in three states of tunes – the 148bhp 118d, the 187bhp 120d and the 221bhp 125d. The 118d generates 150bhp and 330Nm of torque.

While the petrol range will be powered by a 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine with turbocharger system and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on every model except the 120d xDrive which gets an 8 speed automatic transmission.

BMW will be announcing the i8 next month, so we can expect the 1 Series to come to India by mid-2015.

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