What are the new updates on 2024 BMW One Series?

BMW has introduced a substantial refresh to its 1 Series hatchback, featuring a new design, updated interiors, and additional equipment. Notably, the petrol models will no longer include the 'i' suffix, and diesel variants will not be available in markets like the UK.

Exterior Enhancements:
Although BMW refers to this as the fourth-generation 1 Series, it is essentially an updated version of the third-generation model from 2019. The most significant exterior change is the redesigned front end, which is now lower, slimmer, and more angular, giving the car a sporty and commanding road presence. The old tooth-like kidney grilles have been replaced with a design similar to the 3 Series, featuring modern diagonal bars at the edges. M Sport trims and the M135 xDrive variant sport a simplistic, horizontal, blacked-out grille.

At the rear, changes are minimal, with a new two-part tail-light and a lowered bumper designed in a black diffuser style for the M Sport models. These updates have extended the car’s length by 42mm to a total of 4,361mm, while other dimensions remain unchanged.

Interior Upgrades:
The interior has seen significant updates, most notably the introduction of BMW’s 20-inch Curved Display, which integrates the digital instrument cluster and infotainment system, controlled by BMW’s OS 9 software. Physical buttons have been largely eliminated, with most controls, including climate control, now accessible via the touchscreen. Interior materials have been upgraded, with Alcantara available in M Sport models. Additionally, new seats promise improved comfort for long-distance journeys.

Powertrain Options:
For the UK market, the 1 Series will only be available with mild-hybrid petrol engines: the 170hp, 120hp and the 300hp M135 xDrive. Other European markets will also have mild-hybrid diesel options, including the 150hp 118d and 163hp 120d. A 7-speed dual-clutch transmission is standard across all variants. The M135 xDrive comes with all-wheel drive, while other models are front-wheel drive.
The updated 1 Series marks the first time BMW has dropped the 'i' suffix from its petrol variants, changing the nomenclature from '120i' and 'M135i' to '120' and 'M135'.

BMW 1 Series in India:
The heavily updated 1 Series is not expected to be available in India. BMW previously offered the second-generation model in India from 2013 to 2017, featuring front-engine, rear-wheel-drive configurations with 1.6-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel options. However, the design changes from the updated 1 Series are likely to appear in the upcoming BMW 2 Series Gran Coupe facelift, which is anticipated to launch in India following its international reveal.

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