BMW 1 Series facelift gets massive design overhaul and new engine
Design and features of 2016 BMW 1 Series facelift is disclosed ahead of public premiere. The hatchback’s snout is completely redesigned to make it look as macho as the other Bimmers, as a result of widespread criticism. Headlamps are made sleek, kidney grille is improved in size and a new bumper is fit to wrap up the new fascia. To complement the new frontal look, wheel arches housing brand new alloy wheels are flared a bit more and new character lines are drawn.
Since the rear end of outgoing BMW 1 Series was also dull looking, the German automaker revamped the entire section to include new 2-piece tail lamps with L-shaped graphics and LED lights, and apron as well.
Interior of 2016 BMW 1 Series facelift is refurbished with new choice of upholstery, new chrome accents for buttons and knobs (near iDrive controller), and given a 6.5 inch multimedia unit as standard. Optional extras include a larger 8.8 inch display.
Changes in upcoming BMW 1 Series facelift extended under the hood as well. The 1.6 litre four-cylinder engine in 1-Series 116i will be replaced with a 1.5 litre three-cylinder motor, while the aforementioned 1.6 unit churning out 136 bhp max power and 220 Nm peak torque will be offered in 118i trim. The smaller mill is capable of producing 109 bhp and 180 Nm only.
BMW 1 Series 118d will continue to be powered by 2.0 litre four-cylinder mill, but in a new tune with power bumped up from 143 bhp to 150 bhp. Peak torque will remain unaltered at 320 Nm.