Exclusive: 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI to feature 3-cylinder engines

1-series | December 22nd, 2014 by 18
2015 BMW 1er F20 LCI Facelift 2er Front M Sportpaket TheophilusChin 2 750x500

In January 2015, BMW will unveil the 1 Series Facelift. The successful hatchback remains forbidden to U.S. customers, but the facelift model is expected to …

In January 2015, BMW will unveil the 1 Series Facelift. The successful hatchback remains forbidden to U.S. customers, but the facelift model is expected to sell even more in Europe. In Germany alone, over 37,500 customers have purchased the 1 Series through October 2014.

Customers can look forward to an extensive optical revision of the front and rear. The headlights will be available in full LED and  are considerably narrower while the lower edge rises sharply. The front grille also goes through a downsizing exercise and now perfectly fits the front fascia.

2015 BMW 1er F20 LCI Facelift 2er Front M Sportpaket TheophilusChin 2 750x450

Rendering

Most of the changes come from under the hood and for the first time, the 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI will be offered with three-cylinder options, in diesel and petrol. 

The new three-cylinder engines B37 and B38 found in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and the new MINI, will power the entry level 1 Series hatches. We expect BMW to use the 116d and 116i monikers for the three-cylinder-powered models.

Customers will also have the option of four-cylinder units. BMW 118d, 120d and 125d will use the new four-cylinder diesel BMW B47 engine, with significantly improved acoustics and power: 150 PS (118 d) and 190 PS (120d). The BMW 125d LCI should get a bit more power than the currently specified 218 hp.

The world premiere will take place at the 2015 Geneva Motor Show, followed shortly by the market launch in Europe.

18 responses to “Exclusive: 2015 BMW 1 Series LCI to feature 3-cylinder engines”

  1. webharv says:

    When do you think these will come into manufacture. I have a 125d due for May delivery ie Should be manufactured in March / April… Do you think it will be the face-lift model? Didn’t know if these are normally instantly changed over or only new orders after announcement?

  2. SF Dede says:

    I look at that and ask again, why isn’t this sold in the US? Would perfectly fit my needs. Perfectly.

  3. Magnus says:

    Why 116 i?
    The 3-cyl inthe 2er, both coupe and mini van AT, have the 218i moniker.

    Personally I would jave loved a 3 cyl 180 hp 1 series (as the journalists drove in 2012) but at 136 hp and 220 Nm that is too weak.
    The smaller VAG 1.4 albeit 4 cyl is at 150 hp, 250 Nm.
    I am not to keen on the 4 cyl, do t like the sound ( soul ) and the m135i is a lot of money and more power than what is healthy for your license.

    Horatiu do you know when we will se more powerful versions of the 3 cyl, or at least the option of a m performance power kit.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Not sure why, but our sources say 116i and 116d for sure.

      I don’t think we will see more powerful 3-cylinder in small cars. BMW has always said that these engines offered the best balance between fuel consumption and power.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Not sure why, but our sources say 116i and 116d for sure.

      I don’t think we will see more powerful 3-cylinder in small cars. BMW has always said that these engines offered the best balance between fuel consumption and power.

  4. Alberto Zobbio says:

    What does LCI stand for ?

  5. Tanju says:

    Hi Horatiu, Are you sure that front face will undergo such a change as you depict on the blog?

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