Final tweaks for 1 Series ahead of replacement due 2018.

A mildly refreshed BMW 1 Series has been revealed ahead of sales starting in July 2017. The latest update of the premium hatch is, on the outside, largely focused on new colour and wheel options. Inside, the 1 Series gets a revamped interior with new tech and touchscreen iDrive, while a range of petrol and diesel engines continue to drive the rear wheels with the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive available as an option on select models.

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The big news on the outside comes in the form of a shadow pack – specifically three new special edition models called Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow, and M140i Edition Shadow. True to the name, each model features a blacked-out grille and black inserts on the LED headlights. Rear lights are also LED with a dark tint to accompany the rest of the shadowy features.

If you opt for the M Sport Shadow, you can get black 18-inch wheels with black exhaust pipes. M140i Edition Shadows can be outfitted with 18-inch grey alloys, and all cars can now be ordered with five new wheel options and two new exterior colours: Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.

The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series

The really noticeable changes occur inside. There's a new instrument display with a black panel design, along with redesigned air vents, chrome buttons for the power windows, and a revamped centre console. New leather and trim options are available across the range, including a choice of seven cloth variants. BMWs latest generation of iDrive operating system is standard.

Even base models now feature an 8.8-inch display with new touchscreen functionality; systems can also be accessed via standard touch pad or through voice communication. In addition, BMW ConnectedDrive Services offer real-time traffic information, parking information, and a new Microsoft Exchange function that allows Microsoft 365 users to send email and access calendars in the car via secure server. This is in addition to optional WiFi capability, Apple CarPlay, and a gauntlet of driver assists like active cruise control, auto braking, and lane departure warning.

The new BMW 1 Series
The new BMW 1 Series


Engines range from the 109-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder in the 116i to the M140i’s boosted inline-six making 340 horsepower. Diesel models begin with the 116d, which delivers 116 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque from its turbocharged three-pot. At the other end, the 125d is a bit more robust with 224 horsepower and a full 332 lb-ft of twist from its turbocharged four cylinder. The 118d, 120d and M140i can be equipped with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system, while most models get either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission. The two exceptions are the 116i and 116d which are manual only, and the M140i xDrive which is exclusively automatic.

BMW has a completely redesigned 1 Series in the works that is reported to be front-wheel drive. That version is expected to be revealed sometime next year as a 2019 model.

Source: BMW

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