The current BMW 1 Series has been on the market since 2019 and is one of the group’s most popular models. But for the generation known internally as the F40, with which the 1 Series switched to front-wheel drive, a major facelift (LCI) is in the works. This is now shown by a lavishly camouflaged Erlkönig.
A revision makes perfect sense, after all there are now modern models on the same platform, such as the new BMW 2 Series Active Tourer or the next Mini Countryman or BMW X1. Due to the popularity of the always five-door 1er, however, the facelift measures seem to be rather moderate, as far as camouflage can be said to be.
Still, there are a few details that shine through. The headlights appear to have a new shape that’s rounder and slimmer than that of the current model. The camouflage also hides the radiator grille, possibly with a more elegant design. These changes will sit above a redesigned front bumper.
We expect similar changes at the rear; however, the thick camouflage hides all discernible updates. BMW could change the design of the taillights, but could also choose to only revamp the internal graphics. The new lights will sit above a revised rear bumper.
BMW 2er Active Tourer (2022)
The spy shots don’t show the interior, but it could get the company’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system plus large screens on the dashboard. BMW has already made this change when revising other mid-cycle models. The new 2 Series Active Tourer could serve as a model for the future cockpit layout.
Details of the powertrain are not yet known. However, there are rumors that BMW will add a PHEV variant to the model range. Here, too, the new 2er Active Tourer is the godfather, possibly there will be a 125e xDrive with 245 hp system performance. He would aim exactly at the VW Golf GTE and its brothers.
The rest of the engine range is likely to be revised slightly, but those who want a purely electric version will have to wait until the next generation. Rumors of an all-electric 1 Series have been around for a number of years, but none of them have ever materialized.
The car’s thorough camouflage likely means that the model is still in the early stages of development. It’s unclear when BMW will unveil the redesigned 1 Series, we don’t expect it to debut until 2023.