The facelifted versions of BMW’s smaller 1 and 2 Series models has been revealed ahead of their launch in July later this year.
- 1 Series gets new special-edition models
- 2 Series receives updates to front end, plus more
- Both cars gain new paint colours, alloy wheels and cabin tweaks
- Go on sale in July
BMW’s second-generation 1 Series launched back in 2011 and was later accompanied in 2014 by a new model known as the 2 Series. The 2 Series was essentially the 1 Series coupe and convertible models under a different nomenclature to create a more memorable and distinct name for the two cars. The 1 Series was actually given an update in 2015, but it’s now been given another one to harmonise both car’s styling.
On the outside, the 1 Series gets styling tweaks on three new special-edition models only: the Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow and M140i Edition Shadow. These add touches of black on the kidney grille, LED headlight inserts and exhaust tips, plus darker LED taillights. There’s also the choice of new Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange colours and five new alloy designs at your disposal.
If I was going to buy a smaller BMW, I’d go for the M140i without a doubt. It’s a five door so it’s practical, it looks great, and it’s such a lot of car for your money.
The 2 Series exterior changes are a little different, with the car receiving a significantly different front end in the form of wider kidney grilles, restyled air intakes and bi-LED headlights. The rear also receives the same LED taillights as the 1 Series plus the new paint colours too. It also adds a third colour known as Mediterranean Blue, which is somewhat darker than the Seaside Blue, and a choice of four new alloy designs, some of which appear on the 1 Series.
Jump inside the new 1 and 2 Series and you’ll notice both of them have received a few small tweaks in across their cabins, including updated air vents, a sliding cupholder cover and new window buttons. There’s also the latest version of the iDrive system which comes with a touchpad button and new user interface, which is a smart little addition.
I’m really in favour of all the new changes that BMW have integrated into the new 1 and 2 Series, they make a lot of sense as the three year gap between their initial releases caused some inconsistencies across the models. Now though, they’re all on the same page, and it sets BMW up nicely for the eventual new generation a few years down the line.
If I was going to buy a smaller BMW, I’d go for the M140i without a doubt. It’s a five door so it’s practical, it looks great, and it’s such a lot of car for your money. When I drove the M135i last year I was amazed by it, and I have no doubt the M140i is even better.