2018 BMW 1-Series Bows With Updated Interior, New Tech

Three Dog Night once sang one is the loneliest number since the number two but BMW doesn’t think its 1-Series should be alone tonight so they’ve introduced the facelifted model hot on the heels of the new 2-Series.

Like its sportier counterpart, the 1-Series receives minor styling tweaks but the changes are even less noticeable here as updates are limited to new wheels and two new colors: Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.

To make up for the lack of changes, BMW is introducing three new special editions – Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow, and BMW M140i Edition Shadow – which have black headlight surrounds, a black grille frame, and tinted lighting units.

Bigger changes occur in the interior as designers added a new instrument cluster, a revised center stack, and an updated center console with a roll cover for the cup holders. A closer inspection reveals restyled air vents, additional chrome trim, and new high-gloss black accents. Rounding out the changes are updated trim and upholstery options.

On the technology front, drivers will find an updated iDrive system as well as an 8.8-inch touchscreen display when the Navigation Professional option is selected. Customers can also purchase a WiFi hotspot which supports up to ten devices.

Under the hood, customers can select from several different options including:

A 116i with a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder developing 109 PS (107 hp) and 180 Nm (132 lb-ft) of torque

A 118i with a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder developing 136 PS (134 hp) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque

A 120i with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder developing 184 PS (181 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque

A 125i with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder developing 224 PS (221 hp) and 310 Nm (228 lb-ft) of torque

An M140i with a 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo six-cylinder developing 340 PS (335 hp) and 500 Nm (368 lb-ft) of torque

A 116d with a 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder developing 116 PS (114 hp) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque

A 118d with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder developing 150 PS (148 hp) and 320 Nm (236 lb-ft) of torque

A 120d with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder developing 190 PS (187 hp) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque

A 125d with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder developing 224 PS (221 hp) and 450 Nm (331 lb-ft) of torque

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  • Zandit75

    Still ugly!

    • TheHake

      I agree, but they are quite fun to drive. I won’t mind that 125i…

      • Zandit75

        On another forum, my similar comment caused a huge uproar.
        My main response was “It doesn’t matter how good it drives, if you can’t look back at it when you’re walking away from it, it’s not great!!”

        • TheHake

          That’s why I have a bike…

    • Jim Ragland

      I have never warmed up to this car. No way calling it bad…but for as hatchback go…I’ll pass.

  • Sébastien

    So they had to put arrows and text to make sure people the differences ? That’s a redesign fail.

    • Matt

      I don’t think it’s a ‘fail’ at all. I’m sure BMW had a clear brief that the design changes were to be kept to a minimum. BMW hardly ever releases radical model revisions anyway, so this is nothing new.

      In fact the last face-lift the 1-Series received was probably the most radical LCI (Life Cycle Impulse) of a BMW model for a while, so no strategy in doing the same again so soon.

    • Matthijs

      That’s a common thing when car brands have an model update. Those pictures are actually for internal use (dealers and such)

  • Obsequious Lickspittle

    Three Dog Night, number two?
    Tell us what you really think Carscoops.

  • Dennis James

    Too bad the last rear-wheel drive 1-series has to be so ugly.

  • Tinky-Winky

    I really like the facelift’s design.

  • Sukhoi31m3

    I guess I could go the hatchback if the price was right, it came with a manual and didn’t have a reputation of falling apart after the warranty was up. I dearly loved my old E46 330ci but it kept me wrenching the whole time I owned it (10 years).