India-bound 2016 BMW 1 Series facelift - Rendering

26/12/2014 - 09:15 | ,  ,   | Paranjay Dutt

To launch next year, before the next generation model comes out in 2018.

While rumors of BMW using the front end design of the 2 Series for the 1 Series facelift are still as strong as ever, here is a rendering of the upcoming refreshed version from Quattroruote magazine. The 5-door hatchback featured in the rendering uses the same styling as the current version but with the headlamps, kidney grille, and bumper from the 2 series (the whole front end, basically).

2016 BMW 1 series facelift rendering
Apart from the updated front end, expect mild revisions to the taillamps and rear bumper.

It is expected to make a debut next year, with an Indian arrival likely to happen before the year end. Apart from the much expected front-end styling update, the car could also receive a few engine tweaks for increased performance and efficiency. Revised taillamps and rear bumper are also expected, while the latest version of iDrive might also find its way to the car.

BMW 1 Series M Performance limited edition front three quarters
Current 1 Series for reference.

Also read: BMW M3 Sedan, BMW M4 Coupe First Drive Review

The next generation 1 series expected to be out in 2018 is going to adopt BMW's UKL front-wheel drive architecture. Reports suggest that a sedan body style will also be made available to rival the Mercedes CLA and the Audi A3 Sedan.

Competitors: Audi A3, Mercedes A Class, Volvo V40
Expected Price: INR 22-30 lakhs, ex-Showroom
Launch date: 2015 in Europe

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