New BMW 1 Series spotted: everything we know so far

June 08, 2023 by

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The BMW 1 Series is getting a facelift, and the refreshed premium hatchback has been spotted testing at the Nurburgring. A new M140i version may also be on the cards with more power than today’s M135i. Read on for all you need to know. 

  • New BMW 1 Series spotted
  • Minor design updates
  • M140i version possibly on the way
  • Could have up to 320hp
  • Full reveal by the end of the year

The BMW 1 Series is getting a facelift, and it should be revealed by the end of 2023. There may also be a new BMW M140i on the way to replace today’s M135i.

New BMW 1 Series design

Being a mid-life update, this new BMW 1 Series isn’t expected to gat any major styling changes. It’s pretty well-covered for now, but you can see a couple of the tweaks poking out of the wrap.

The main difference up front appears to be a re-shaped grille. It looks as though it’ll get a more trapezoidal shape than the current car’s, and the headlights look like they’ll be slimmed down as well.

The car pictured here is the sporty M-light version, so the lower bumper has some big air intakes and there are some aggressive-looking side skirts. The wheels fitted to this car also look new with a silver and black finish.

The rear of the new 1 Series is pretty well-covered for now, however you can see the quad tailpipes. The current M135i makes do with two exhausts, so this could be a new M140i model with more power.

New BMW 1 Series engines and performance

You can expect the new BMW 1 Series to be available with a similar range of petrol engines as the current car. It’s not clear if the updated 1 Series will be available with diesel engines, as BMW recently dropped all but the entry-level diesel models from its range.


There may be a new performance version on the horizon as well. As with the last generation 1 Series, it may be called the M140i and get more power than the current M135i. That car has 306hp, so the new version could have as much as 320hp.

New BMW 1 Series interior and infotainment

No images have surfaced of the new BMW 1 Series’ cabin, however don’t expect any major changes over the current car.

Expect the new 1 Series to get a similar curved infotainment system to the 3 Series (pictured)

The new car will almost certainly have a new infotainment system, possibly with a similar curved display to the recently updated BMW 3 Series. There may also be some new interior trim options as well.

New BMW 1 Series price and release date

Expect to see the updated BMW 1 Series before the end of the year, with the new performance version coming soon after.

As for price, nothing has been confirmed yet but it’s likely to fetch a premium over the current car. Expect it to start from around £30,000 for the standard car with the new M140i fetching closer to £45,000.

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