BMW 1-Series hatchback facelift caught on test; Launch in 2015

The entry-level luxury car segment is one area at which the luxury car manufacturers are concentrating their efforts in order to bring in the much-needed “big volumes”. Audi has the A3 hatchback, Mercedes Benz has the A-Class and B-Class hatchback, Volvo has the V40 and BMW, the 1-Series. The German luxury car maker launched the 1-Series hatchback in India last year, at a starting price of Rs 20.9 lakhs. Already a facelift is on the cards as the 1-Series was first introduced globally in 2012. BMW has begun testing the 1-Series Hatchback Facelift and the pictures of the same have just hit the interweb.

2015 BMW 1-Series front three quarters spyshot

The facelift will represent a a mid-life makeover for the luxury hatchback. So, do not expect radical changes to make their way on to the facelifted version of the car. The facelifted car caught on test had camouflage all over its lower half. The front and rear are expected to be refreshed while the side profile will remain largely unchanged.

The front of the car will get a revised pair of headlights alongside the trademark kidney bean grille getting a mild refresh. The front bumper will see a revision with altered air dams. The headlights appear to be a sharper than the ones on the pre-facelift model and resemble those found on the 2-Series.

On the inside, the facelift is expected to bring a new iDrive touch-sensitive controller, new driver assistance features and active and passive safety items. As you move to the rear, you’ll notice that the hatchback gets a new bumper and refreshed tail lamps.

The new tail lamps are expected to get LED treatment, just like the ones on the BMW X4 and X5 SUVs. The updated 1-Series is expected to make its way to Indian shores next year. In terms of engines, BMW’s newly developed 3 cylinder turbo petrol and turbo diesel  motors are believed to make their way on to the facelifted 1-Series hatchback.

The petrol motor will have a power output in the range of 120 to 222 Bhp and a torque rating in the range of 180 to 240 Nm. The diesel units will have a power output in the range of 80 and 180 Hp and 225-330 Nm. There is still ambiguity regarding the 3 cylinder engines’ expected state of tune on the facelifted 1-Series hatchback.

Spyshots courtesy AutoEvolution