BMW Unveils Major Refresh for One Series Hatchback

BMW has introduced a significant update to its 1 Series hatchback, featuring a refreshed design, enhanced interiors, and additional features. Notably, petrol models will no longer have the ‘i’ suffix, and diesel variants will not be available in certain markets, such as the UK.

Exterior Enhancements:
BMW refers to this as the fourth-generation 1 Series, but it is essentially a facelifted version of the third-generation model from 2019. The most noticeable exterior change is the redesigned front end, which is now lower, slimmer, and more angular, giving the car a sportier and more assertive look. The previous tooth-like kidney grilles have been replaced with a design similar to the 3 Series, featuring modern diagonal bars at the edges. M Sport trims and the M135 xDrive variant feature a simplistic, horizontal, blacked-out grille. At the rear, updates are minimal, with a new two-part tail-light and a lowered bumper designed in a black diffuser style for the M Sport models. These changes have increased the car’s length by 42mm, bringing it to a total of 4,361mm, while other dimensions remain unchanged.

Interior Upgrades:
The interior has undergone significant updates, highlighted by the introduction of BMW’s 20-inch Curved Display, which combines the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, now running on BMW’s OS 9 software. Physical buttons have been largely eliminated, with most controls, including climate control, now accessible via the touchscreen. Interior materials have been upgraded, with Alcantara available in M Sport models. Additionally, new seats promise improved comfort for long-distance journeys.

Powertrain Options:
In the UK, the 1 Series will be offered exclusively with mild-hybrid petrol engines, including the 170hp, 120hp, and 300hp M135 xDrive variants. Other European markets will also have mild-hybrid diesel options, such as the 150hp 118d and 163hp 120d. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard across all variants. The M135 xDrive comes with all-wheel drive, while other models are front-wheel drive. This update marks the first time BMW has dropped the ‘i’ suffix from its petrol variants, changing the names from ‘120i’ and ‘M135i’ to ‘120’ and ‘M135’.

BMW 1 Series in India:
The extensively updated 1 Series is not expected to be available in India. BMW previously offered the second-generation model in India from 2013 to 2017, featuring front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configurations with 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel options. However, the design changes from the updated 1 Series are likely to appear in the upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe facelift, which is anticipated to launch in India following its international reveal.

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