Upgrades for BMW 1-Series in the pipeline

Upgrades for BMW 1-Series in the pipeline

There will be a number of cosmetic enhancements to the BMW 1-Series later this year, including silver door mirrors, custom-built 18-inch alloys and blue M-Performance brake callipers.

At the front the German luxury car manufacturer has tried to neaten the face of the 1-Series with more striking kidney grilles boasting the same vertical strakes used in the upgraded M6 and M5 models. The headlights might also get a facelift and the lower section of the bumper has had its air intakes revised to match the M235i. The company has also decided to get rid of the low-set, slim aero-strakes and replace them with rounded fog lights.

Changes at the car's rear are harder to spot. The rear bumper will be slightly reshaped but it seems that the rather boxy light clusters at the back will remain unchanged in the 2015 1-Series.

Inside the company will probably offer the new M-Sport steering wheel with its characteristic slim spokes as part of the update, and there are likely be small improvements in torque and power in the all-turbo four-cylinder engine line-up. Fuel economy is also likely to be slightly better and CO2 emissions will be marginally reduced.

The 2015 model is also set to offer a higher level of standard specification to fend off fierce competition from the likes of the Audi A3, Mercedes A-Class and Volkswagen Golf.

Expect the upgraded model to debut at the upcoming Paris Motor Show.