Spy shots and video of the upcoming 2024 BMW 1-Series Hatchback have emerged, revealing BMW’s efforts to update the current generation, which has been on the market since 2019.
Expected to launch in late 2023 or early the following year, the refreshed 1-Series Hatchback will likely not be available in the U.S. However, some of the changes made to this model are expected to carry over to an updated version of the locally sold 2-Series Gran Coupe. Both vehicles are based on BMW Group’s FAAR platform, designed for front-wheel-drive cars.
The updated 2-Series Gran Coupe is anticipated to arrive six months to a year after the refreshed 1-Series Hatchback. Around the same time, we can also expect an updated version of the 1-Series sedan, specifically tailored for the Chinese market.
The prototype of the 1-Series Hatchback is heavily camouflaged, indicating significant changes compared to the current model. Speculation suggests that BMW might position the car as a next-generation model. A YouTube video from CarSpyMedia showcases the current 1-Series Hatchback being tested alongside the updated model, allowing for a clear comparison between the two designs.
The updated model features a new design for the headlights and a new grille. The front fascia adopts a fresh design with a more horizontal theme. At the rear, the taillight signature is expected to be new, while the fascia will adopt a cleaner look.
Snaps of the interior reveal a new design as well. Notably, a larger infotainment screen is present, along with a redesigned center console housing new controls. The shift lever has been replaced by a small nub, providing a more streamlined appearance. This new dash design is reminiscent of the one found in the related 2-Series Active Tourer available overseas.
Details regarding the powertrain lineup remain unclear. It is possible that BMW will introduce more powerful options, particularly for the range-topping M135i xDrive, which currently boasts a 2.0-liter turbo-4 engine producing 301 horsepower. Additionally, a plug-in hybrid powertrain may join the lineup, as there are currently no plans for an all-electric 1-Series Hatchback (although an electric X1 has been introduced). If a plug-in hybrid variant is offered, it will likely borrow the powertrain from the 2-Series Active Tourer, which combines a 3-cylinder engine and an electric motor for a total output of up to 321 horsepower.
Beyond the updated 1-Series Hatchback, BMW is also developing another compact model that is expected to make its way to the U.S. The redesigned X2 compact crossover is currently undergoing testing, with the new version set to introduce an iX2 electric option for the first time in the U.S. market.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about BMW 1-Series Hatchback
When will the updated BMW 1-Series Hatchback be available?
The updated BMW 1-Series Hatchback is expected to arrive by late 2023 or early the following year.
Will the updated 1-Series Hatchback be available in the U.S.?
It is unlikely that the updated 1-Series Hatchback will be available in the U.S. However, some design changes from the updated model may be featured in an updated version of the locally sold 2-Series Gran Coupe.
Are there any changes to the interior of the updated 1-Series Hatchback?
Yes, the interior of the updated 1-Series Hatchback features a new design. It includes a larger infotainment screen and a redesigned center console with new controls.
Will there be any powertrain updates for the 1-Series Hatchback?
The specific powertrain updates for the 1-Series Hatchback have not been disclosed. However, there is a possibility of more powerful options, especially for the range-topping M135i xDrive. Additionally, a plug-in hybrid powertrain may be introduced, borrowing from the 2-Series Active Tourer model.
Is there any information on other BMW models being updated?
Yes, BMW is also working on an updated version of the 2-Series Gran Coupe, which is expected to arrive after the updated 1-Series Hatchback. Furthermore, a redesigned X2 compact crossover is being tested, and it will offer an iX2 electric option for the first time in the U.S. market.
More about BMW 1-Series Hatchback
- Spy shots and video of the updated 2024 BMW 1-Series Hatchback
- BMW 2-Series Gran Coupe
- BMW Group’s FAAR platform
- 2-Series Active Tourer
- Redesigned X2 compact crossover
- BMW iX2 electric option