Revamped BMW 1 Series Makes Waves with New Look and Tech Enhancements

BMW has launched a striking update for its 1 Series, infusing the popular premium hatchback with a more modern aesthetic, cutting-edge technology, and a simplified engine lineup. Poised to rival the likes of Mercedes A-Class and Audi A3, the refreshed 1 Series debuts with notable enhancements inside and out.

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The new BMW 1 Series’ exterior has undergone a noticeable transformation. It features a sleeker grille reminiscent of the BMW X2 and updated LED headlights. While the side profile remains unchanged, new alloy wheel designs and revamped tail lights echoing the X2’s style contribute to a fresher look. At the rear, an updated bumper adorned with new black trim adds a touch of sophistication.

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Inside, the BMW 1 Series breaks away from its previous conservative cabin design, offering an impressive twin-screen setup that integrates a 10.25-inch digital driver’s display and a 10.7-inch infotainment system. This unified interface provides a more intuitive user experience, although it moves away from physical climate control buttons in favour of screen-based controls and voice commands.

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Performance-wise, the top-tier M135 maintains its prowess with a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine delivering 300hp and 400Nm of torque, achieving 0-60mph in 4.9 seconds. However, BMW has streamlined its engine offerings for the 1 Series, discontinuing diesel options and focusing on efficiency with a 170hp 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine in the 120 model, which now features mild hybrid technology.

The M135 and the 120 model are equipped with a seven-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox, with the M135 boasting all-wheel drive and the 120 model remaining front-wheel drive. The new 1 Series is already on the market, with deliveries expected to begin in October. The entry-level 120 model starts at £29,950, offering a competitive price point in the premium hatchback market, while the more robust M135 is priced at £41,000, nearly £1,000 less than its predecessor.

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