New evidence suggests that the model we previously thought was the refreshed BMW 1 Series was actually the next-gen model. These spy shots catch one with the production-spec headlights.
In addition to the new lamps, this 1 Series has a concealed front fascia with large inlets in the corners. A wide opening in the centre includes two horizontal bars. There are BMW's traditional kidney grilles that have a broad, roughly oval layout for this application.
Gallery: BMW 1 Series Spy Photos
Compared to the existing 1 Series, the new headlights are less angular. They have rounded upper and lower portions that come to a point on each end.
The heavy camouflage conceals the design along the flanks. The wheels have a complex design with five spokes coming out of the hub and splitting into a three-pronged layout at the rim.
The camo also hides the styling details at the rear, including the taillights. A single exhaust pipe seems to be visible pointing downward on the passenger side.
We only have a glimpse inside the new 1 Series. Fabric covers the dashboard, but there's a redesigned instrument panel and a screen on the centre stack. A little nub on the console functions as the gearshift.
The 1 Series is already available with a wide range of petrol- and diesel-fuelled powertrains, and there's no reason to expect that to change. The M135i sits at the top of the lineup and currently has a turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder making 302 bhp. Spy shots show the new iteration under development, but a rumour suggests that the name might change to M140i. The output might grow to 315 bhp.
Like the current model, the new 1 Series would be available with either front- or all-wheel drive.
It's not clear when the new 1 Series debuts. Info from the spy photographer suggests that production begins in July 2024. If so, we'd expect the premiere to be before this date.