BMW has brought the massively facelifted 1-Series to this year's Geneva Motor Show.

BMW has brought the massively facelifted 1-Series to this year's Geneva Motor Show.

If we were to pick one model from BMW's lineup which was in dire need of a facelift, the most obvious choice would have been the entry-level 1-Series which thankfully has been thoroughly updated and has lost the awkward front end. Just about everything has changed and now the model looks substantially more refined than its predecessor as a result of borrowing many styling cues from the 2-Series family.

At an additional cost, the BMW 1-Series can be configured with LED headlights or adaptive LED headlights featuring a High Beam Assistant function as well as cornering LED fog lights. The rear end comes with reshaped taillights also benefiting from LEDs arrangement with L-shaped graphics.

The heavily revised exterior is echoed on the inside by a revamped cabin which now packs a 6.5-inch central display, a center console-mounted Controller unit and an optional 8.8-inch screen with navigation. There are new upholstery options, chrome surrounds for the buttons & knobs along with glossy black details.

BMW has also made some revisions to the engine lineup which now encompasses the following units:

  • 116i with three-cylinder 1.5-liter with 109 HP & 180 Nm
  • 118i with four-cylinder 1.6-liter with 136 HP & 220 Nm
  • 120i with four-cylinder 1.6-liter with 177 HP & 250 Nm
  • 125i with four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 218 HP & 310 Nm
  • 116d & 116d Efficient Dynamics Edition with three-cylinder 1.5-liter with 116 HP & 270 Nm
  • 118d & 118d xDrive with four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 150 HP & 320 Nm
  • 120d & 120d xDrive with four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 190 HP & 400 Nm
  • 125d with four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 224 HP & 450 Nm

Opt for the range-topping M135i and you get an extra 6.8 HP (5 kW) compared to its predecessor so now the six-cylinder 3.0-liter engine outputs 326 HP (240 kW) and 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). The RWD version runs the 0-62 mph (0-100 km/h) sprint in 5.1 seconds (six-speed manual) or in 4.9 seconds (eight-speed auto) whereas the xDrive M135i needs 4.7 seconds and works exclusively with the auto.

A 1-Series Sedan has been spied several times and will likely receive its world premiere in September at the Frankfurt Motor Show before going on sale towards the end of the year.

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