After its introduction in 2013 in India, BMW will soon introduce the facelift version of the 1 Series. This 1 Series bears all the classical hallmarks of a BMW with its set-back passenger compartment a new lower apron with larger air intakes and a horizontal bar combines with reshaped BMW kidney grilles and new headlamps that feature LED daytime driving lights as standard on all models. For the first time, full LED headlamps with low and main beam have been added to the options list. At the rear, new tail lamps with a familiar BMW 'L' shape design adopt striking LED technology.
The BMW Radio Professional and iDrive operating system continues to be standard across the entire range so all new 1 Series models feature the freestanding, 6.5-inch Control Display. If the optional Professional Navigation system is fitted, the Controller comes with a larger, touch-sensitive surface for inputting numbers and characters, while the onboard monitor takes the form of an 8.8-inch display of particularly slim design.
Atleast for Europe, all of the BMW 1 Series diesel engines are sourced from the BMW Group's new engine family. We still have to get a confirmation on its India plans, ideally it will be the same 2.0-litre diesel engine. For petrol, the BMW TwinPower Turbo technology includes not only a turbocharger system and High Precision Direct Petrol Injection.
We can expect the 1 Series to come equipped with the newly developed three-cylinder 1.5-litre diesel engine. The 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in the new BMW 116d generates 116bhp and 270Nm of torque, an increase of 10Nm compared to its predecessor. The new four-cylinder diesel engine used in the latest BMW 1 Series is offered in three states of tune: the 118d generates 150bhp and 330Nm of torque. Though, mostly the 2.0-litre will be offered but a 1.5-litre might just become a new entry-level price point for a BMW badge. BMW will be introducing the i8 next month, we can expect the 1 Series to come in by mid-2015.