The facelifted BMW 1 Series is here and in case you feel the update will go by unnoticed, the company has also prepared a slew of Shadow editions to try and stand out a bit in the crowded compact market.
The BMW 1 Series has gained a refresh and first units will be on sale starting this July – it comes with new color and wheel options on the outside, while the cabin gets updated looks with new technology. The known family of gasoline and diesel engines is also here to send power to the rear wheels or the xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive offered as an option on certain markets. On the outside, the main novelty is the addition of three new special edition models: Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow, and M140i Edition Shadow.
Each of them comes with a dark grille and black inserts on the LED headlights, the rear lights in LED also have a dark finish and if you go for the M Sport Shadow, you can get black 18-inch wheels with black exhaust pipes. M140i Edition Shadows can be outfitted with 18-inch grey alloys. All models can be had with five new wheel options and two new exterior shades: Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.
The most important modifications take place in the cabin, where a new instrument display with a black panel design, modified air vents, chrome buttons for the power windows, and a fresh center console take the stage. New trim and leather as well as cloth variants are also available, as well as the newest version of the iDrive operating system as standard. Models with the navigation also pack a central 8.8-inch touchscreen display, the infotainment system can also be controlled via the standard touch pad or through voice communication – there’s also BMW ConnectedDrive Services and a new Microsoft Exchange function for Microsoft 365 users.
Engines go from a 109-horsepower turbocharged three-cylinder in the 116i to the top of the line M140i with turbo inline-six good for 340 horsepower, whereas diesel options range from the 116d, packing 116 horsepower and 199 pound-feet of torque to the 125d 224 horsepower and a full 332 lb-ft of twist. The 118d, 120d and M140i can also optionally pack BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system – all models can get a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission.