India-bound BMW 1 Series facelift revealed with new front and rear fascias – IAB Report
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The refreshed 1 Series will debut at the Geneva Motor Show.
The veil has come off the 2016 BMW 1 Series Facelift, ahead of a public premiere announced to take place at the Geneva Motor Show in the first week of March. The refreshed 1 Series is expected to launch in India by the end of this year.
The front fascia gets a full redesign with new, slimmer headlights, a slightly larger grille and a new bumper. Often criticized for its design, the refreshed 1 Series aims to address that with a look inspired by the new 2 Series. It now gets LED daytime running lights as standard, while full LED headlights with LED high-beam assist can be ticked on the optional extras.
Towards the sides, the 2016 1 Series gets slightly flared wheel arches and new character lines, not to mention new alloy wheels patterns.
Designers have opted to redesign the rear as well, which now gets 2-piece taillights with L-shaped graphics and LED technology. The rear bumper is all new too.
Inside, the 1 Series facelift benefits from new upholstery options, and chrome surrounds for the buttons and knobs near the iDrive controller. Speaking of the iDrive system, the 1 Series comes standard with a 6.5-inch unit or a larger 8.8-inch screen which is part of the optional extras.
BMW has also updated the engine lineup of the hatchback. In the Indian market, the 1 Series comes in the 116i and 118d specs. The 116i (1.6-liter four-cylinder) will now be a 1.5-liter three-cylinder motor capable of 109 bhp and 180 Nm of torque. The 118i however gets the former 116i’s engine – a 1.6-liter four-cylinder with 136 bhp and 220 Nm of torque.
The 118d continues to be powered by the 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine churning 320 Nm of torque, but its power is increased from 143 bhp to 150 bhp.
Further details are available in the press release below the gallery.
2016 BMW 1 Series Facelift – Image Gallery
2016 BMW 1 Series Facelift – Press Release
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