BMW 1 Series facelift spied

9 Sep, 2013 2:12pm Jonathan Burn

Our spy photographers have spotted a facelifted version of the BMW 1 Series undergoing testing in Germany

The BMW 1 Series is getting a midlife facelift as can be seen from these pictures showing avirtually undisguised version testing in Germany.

Since its introduction in 2011, the BMW 1 Series has always come under criticism due to its love it or hate it looks. However, BMW is hoping to remedy that by giving the second-generation 1 Series, due in 2014, a few cosmetic changes.

Modifications do appear to be limited, however, with only the front nose of the 1 Series picture being hidden from preying eyes. A revised front bumper, restyled grille and slight adjustments to the headlights are the only changes expected. This should bring the 1 Series more up to date against fresher rivals such as recently introduced Mercedes CLA and updated Audi A3.

Engines are likely to remain unchanged with four petrol and three diesel engines on offer. A 2.0-litre petrol engine producing 155bhp and 170bhp, alongside a 218bhp and 306bhp 3.0-litre petrol motor are available. Diesel engines prove to be the most popular choice with 1 Series customers, with three 2.0-litre diesel variants producing 143bhp, 177bhp and 204bhp completing the line-up.

Prices are also expected to remain the same, starting from £23,100 for the entry-level diesel and rising to £34,120 for the range topping 135i M Sport model.