Cosmetic changes for the BMW 1-Series

The BMW 1-Series is having a mid-life cosmetic tweak before its eagerly awaited debut later this year, including the top-of-the-range M135i.

The face of the 1-Series will look neater after the alterations have been made and will have more of an M5/M6 look with prominent kidney grilles featuring trim vertical strakes. A recent picture shows camouflage around the headlights' lower edges, giving us a hint of a nip and tuck for the light units, and the lower part of the bumper section features newly-shaped air intakes to match the M235i coupe. A rounded fog-light in the outside section has replaced the low-set aero-strakes.

There have been some extremely subtle changes at the back of the M135i, with the original boxy light clusters appearing to have been left untouched. The rear bumper has been reprofiled.

Expect to see improvements to torque and power, fuel economy and CO2 output levels. There will also be an increase in standard specification as BMW braces itself to do battle with the recently-launched Audi A3, A-Class Mercedes and the VW Golf.

The face-lifted M135i looks pretty close to going into production and will more than likely debut at the Paris Motor Show in October. Deliveries in Britain will follow during the first three months of next year, with pricing expected to be announced towards the end of 2014.