BMW, the Munich-based luxury automaker, has imported one unit of 1-Series facelift in India for testing and R&D purposes. According to the available data on import/export website Zauba, the imported unit is of 118d variant, which in-houses a 1995cc, 4-cylinder TwinPower turbo diesel engine. The company would launch the facelifted 1-Series in the country around the second half of 2015.
2015 BMW 1-Series facelift was unveiled in January 2015, and was showcased to public at the Geneva Motor Show in March. The updated 1-Series is striking, appealing and up-market than its predecessor. The currently sold model in India is not so tempting as far as exterior styling and looks are concerned, and it remains to be a big drawback for the hatchback. The poor looks have resulted in below average sales and hence, with the latest iteration of the car, the company is hoping to get more customers. BMW 1-Series rivals the Mercedes-Benz A Class and Audi A3 (sedan) in the Indian auto industry.
The new 1-Series flaunts a flatter kidney grille, restyled front bumper with bigger air-dams, and sharper headlamps. Daytime running lights with LEDs are offered as standard, while full LEDs are available as an optional feature. As for the rear profile, it gets a revamped wraparound L-shaped LED tail lamp cluster. Inside the cabin, the new hatch boasts exquisite feature such as automatic air-conditioning, rain sensor, BMW Radio Professional and iDrive operating system with a 6.5-inch display integrated in the instrument panel as a freestanding monitor. Other features include Park Assistant, back up camera, cruise control and ConnectDrive among others.