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2016 BMW 1-Series facelift unveiled; looks sharper and better than its predecessor

The 2016 BMW 1-series facelift gets a comprehensive update on the exterior and interior along with a revised engine line-up to reduce emissions and increase fuel efficiency.

New BMW 1 Series front view

The existing BMW 1-Series was criticised for its not so appealing looks and BMW has taken the feedback seriously. The Bavarian based car major has revealed the 2016 1-Series with a major facelift to the exteriors and interiors of the car, ahead of its debut at the Geneva Motor Show in March 2015. The premium hatchback looks much sharper and better than its predecessor and is available in both 3-door and 5-door versions.

The updated BMW 1-Series features a completely redesigned BMW kidney grille with larger air intakes to giving the car a more dynamic stance. Flatter headlights, LED DRLs as standard and new taillights make up for the exterior changes.

New BMW 1 series interiors

On the inside the updated car features rain sensor, automatic climate control, iDrive with 6.5 inch built-in-screen and BMW Radio Professional. The centre console gets a piano black finish, radio and air vents get chrome highlights and an analogue fuel gauge on variants without a digital instrument cluster. The BMW 1-Series hatchback gets a host of high end features including tyre pressure indicator, radar based Active Cruise Control, Stop and Go function, parking assistant, rear view camera and an updated navigation system.

Under the hood is what matters the most and BMW has updated the 1.5 litre 3-cylinder diesel and petrol engines. The new oil burner range is shared with the Mini Copper D (3 & 5 door) available in India. The brands entry level 116d model features the new diesel motor which produces 116hp of power. On the other hand the petrol motor churns out 109PS and 180 Nm of twisting force on the 116i variant. Also available is a 2.0 litre 4-cylinder diesel engine that comes in three states of tune namely – 150PS (118d), 188PS (120d) and 220PS (125d). The 1-series will get an updated 8 speed automatic transmission which will be a standard option across the model range.

The range topping BMW M135i will be equipped with the same 3.0 litre turbocharged gasoline motor with a bump in power (326PS), and a 0-100 lap time of 4.9 seconds. The BMW 1-Series will be launched in India during the second half and will compete with the likes of Audi A3 hatchback, Mercedes A-Class and the Volvo V40 Cross Country.

New BMW 1 Series rear view