Before switching to a FWD layout, BMW will give the 1 Series hatchback a facelift. The facelift model has now been spotted testing on international soil and is expected to go on sale in 2015.
The next-generation BMW hatchbacks will adopt the new front-wheel drive UKL platform and ditch the current rear-wheel drive layout.
The facelift to the current generation BMW 1 Series will include:
- Larger kidney grille
- Redesigned front and rear bumpers
- Revised headlamps
- Revised tail lamps
- New alloy wheel design
- Crease lines on the doors
- Revised interior trim and colours
- Updated BMW iDrive system
BMW is most likely to carry forward the same engines from the current 1 Series on to the facelift here in India. However, some rumours also suggest that BMW has a new 1.5L, 3-cylinder diesel motor planned for the 1 Series.
The BMW 1 Series has been completely overshadowed by the more funky looking Mercedes-Benz A-Class and the Audi A3 sedan which offers more bang for the buck.
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