More efficient, more technological and, also, more sporty. BMW is already preparing the launch of the new 1 Series, which is already in the testing phase. We advance everything we know.
The third generation of the BMW 1 Series was launched in 2019 and its mid-life update is coming. From Germany, our colleagues from Auto Motor und Sport have already been able to photograph the new compact filming in the testing phase, although still with a heavily camouflaged bodywork that hides its real aesthetic changes. However, we can already anticipate many of its novelties.
And it is that the BMW 1 Series 2023 will release a major update. The brand has decided to thoroughly review the model, which is already known internally as F40. The first images only show new headlights at the moment, and we also know that the front grille will be renewed to adapt to the new style already shown by the new 2 Series. On this occasion, the brand will not take its oversized version, but the slightly enlarged alternative.
BMW 1 Series 2023 Interior
To all this, BMW also gives a new front skirt, new rear optics, and new design wheels to distinguish the new update from the current model. Few more interventions are expected in terms of exterior design, although many more new doors inwards.
Because BMW continues to completely camouflage the interior of the new 2023 Series 1 in the testing phase … and that is unusual in an update unless the changes are really important. From AMS they assure us that now the center console will be wider in the new model, offering cup holders and USB ports that it did not have before. With a clear inspiration in the new 2 Series Active Tourer, the latest version of the i-Drive control will also be on board, as well as the 10.25-inch curved screen with digital instrumentation and the central touch screen of the information and entertainment system, 10.7 inches.
FOR THE FIRST TIME, PLUG-IN HYBRID
Already under the hood, from Germany, they point out that the new 2023 Series 1 will equip its well-known diesel and gasoline engines, optionally with xDrive all-wheel drive. The engines will have a small upgrade in performance and consumption, and the new 7-speed dual-clutch transmission will also be available. As a great novelty, its first 3-cylinder plug-in hybrid version will also arrive, as the Series 2 Active Tourer also announces.
But BMW will also continue to give prominence to its sports versions and its top model will continue to be the M135i, with a 2-liter 4-cylinder engine that will probably exceed the current 306 hp. The model will also have a new exhaust outlet system and a diffuser under the now more aggressive rear apron, along with the upper spoiler. Lower, with better brakes and bigger tires, the 2023 M135i promises more sportiness.