The affordable luxury car segment is a space where top luxury car makers are in a tight tussle for bagging market share through big volume offerings. Luxury car makers try to keep their affordable luxury cars as fresh as possible to keep younger buyers interested. This strategy calls for a mid-life makeovers of cars in 2-3 years of the initial launch. German luxury car giant BMW is working on a mid-life makeover version for the 1-Series hatchback. The car has already been spotted testing and the official launch will happen early next year, at the Detroit Motor Show.
While the 1-Series is one of the most dynamically sorted affordable luxury hatchbacks that money can buy, its looks haven’t really been a strong point. The facelift aims to address just that. Talking of the changes on offer, you’ll get a slightly tweaked pair of headlights which will draw inspiration from the 2-series. They’ll get coupled with bigger air dams that now sit lower, and a new front grille will round off the changes up front.
The interiors also get an overhaul and will now get BMW’s famed iDrive infotainment system in its latest guise. The engine options will be carried forth from the pre-facelifted model with slight modifications to the power and torque outputs, mileage and the emissions. For India, BMW currently offers the 116i and 118d variants that get 1.6 liter petrol (136 Bhp – 220 Nm) and 2.0 litre diesel (143 Bhp – 320 Nm) engines respectively.
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These engines will be carried forward along with the 8 speed automatic transmissions. The rear wheel drive layout will also stay as it is, with the front wheel drive layout coming only to the next-generation 1-Series that will use the UKL platform. The 1-Series Facelift is expected to be launched in India by the end of next year. The car will continue to use the CKD assembly entry route to India.