After its refresh two years ago, the BMW 1 Series hatchback went through a mild update this summer. What’s surprising about this is that BMW recently gave the 1 Series an LCI Facelift a couple of years ago, dramatically improving the frumpy looks of the original. BMW rarely, if ever, gives a model two updates in one lifecycle, so doing it to the soon-to-be-defunct 1 Series seems like a way to make amends for replacing it with a front-drive model.
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BMW offers several different models for the 1 Series, including the Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow and BMW M140i Edition Shadow special editions which give the 1 Series Hatchback a bit of extra sportines with a black kidney grille, black inserts in the LED headlights and darkened LED rear lights. There will also be two new color options, Sunset Orange and Seaside Blue.
The biggest news comes inside, though, as the 1 Series gets the same cabin upgrades as the new 2 Series Coupe and Convertible. So the main dash trim starts from the center air vent stack and moves outward, rather than starting from the outer air vent and moving inward. It also gets BMW’s new iDrive infotainment system, featuring the new tile-based design and touchscreen capability, if the premium nav system is optioned. The instrument cluster has also been updated to the same on that the 2 Series got, which looks a bit more premium and upscale.
To highlight some of those changes, BMW has given us a new set of photos.
2017 BMW 1 Series Hatchback 5-door
2017 BMW 1 Sereis Hatchback 3-door