BMW has unveiled its refreshed 2015 1 Series Hatch today, just hours after leaked images offered an early look at what was to come.
Today’s unveiling comes on the heels of spy photos obtained over the past year, revealing that BMW’s small hatch would get a 2 Series-inspired makeover.
As expected, the 2015 range now features a leaner look at the front end, with slender new headlights dominating the updates.
There’s a clear 2 Series Coupe feel to the new eyes, although a rounded-off inside edge and Audi-like stepped lower edge sets the 1 Series apart again.
The hatch’s grille and front bumper have also been given a light going-over, made bolder for the new model year.
Styling updates continue through to the rear, where the 1 Series has been given a longer tail-light design that, like the wider BMW range, now reaches into the hatch’s tailgate.
As with the front, the 2015 model year also sees the hatch’s rear bumper lightly updated with a tall new contrasting panel insert.
Changes in the cabin are less obvious, focusing largely on updates to the centre console and climate control section, along with revised trim and highlights.
BMW has also detailed new additions and updates to the hatch’s engine range, which follows an announcement of similar updates across other BMW models earlier this week.
For 2015, and depending on the market, the 1 Series will be offered with three- and four-cylinder engine options, including a new 85kW/270Nm 116d diesel model that lists fuel consumption at just 3.4 l/100km.
This is the same 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine found in the Mini Cooper range.
Six-speed manual and eight-speed auto transmissions will be offered, with the automatic also benefitting from GPS-based shift-management data.
The M135i hero’s 3.0 litre turbo six also gains the same 5kW boost that the M235i Coupe debuted with, boosting power to 240kW and 450Nm.
Local details on the revised 1 Series range are still to be confirmed, but, speaking with TMR today, BMW Australia's Lenore Fletcher confirmed plans for an early second-half launch.
On the topic of the 1 Series Hatch's new 3-cylinder option, Ms Fletcher said that the company is still reviewing that model's potential for Australia.