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.
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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.
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.