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BMW takes out the scalpels on 1-and 2-series'


With its front-wheel drive UKL successor already pictured on numerous occasions, BMW has unveiled the final facelifted version of its F20 generation 1-series, as well as the updated 2-series and M2.


Aside from receiving a selection of new alloy wheel designs and colours, the biggest exterior change comes in the form of three new special edition models; Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow and M140i Edition Shadow, all featuring blacked out light clusters, black kidney grille and in the case of the M Sport, a black exhaust.

Interior adjustments are more prominent with a brand-new instrument cluster, centre facia, centre console, chrome electric window switches, revised air vents, gloss black inserts and new upholstery choices as well as upgraded trim. Unsurprisingly, in-car tech has also been sharpened up with a 8.8-inch iDrive display on higher spec models, new iDrive Touch Controller, wireless smartphone charging, voice control and optional Wi-Fi with the ability to pair up to ten devices.

Engine choices are carried over with a 1.5-litre TwinPower turbo three-cylinder powering the 116i (80 kW / 180 Nm) and 118i (100 kW / 220 Nm), and a 2.0-litre TwinPower turbo four-cylinder in the case of the 120i (135 kW / 290 Nm) and 125i (165 kW / 310 Nm).

At the top of the range, the M140i retains its 3.0-litre TwinPower straight-six turbo making 250 kW and 500 Nm, with drive going to the rear wheels in models fitted with the six-speed manual gearbox, or all four when specified with the optional eight-speed Steptronic.

On the diesel side, the 116d makes do with a 1.5-litre three cylinder developing 85 kW and 270 Nm, while a bigger 2.0-litre is employed in the 118d (110 kW / 320 Nm), 120d (140 kW / 400 Nm) and 125d (165 kW / 450 Nm). xDrive all-wheel drive can be had as an option on the 118d and 120d, while a 116d Efficient Dynamics model brings fuel consumption down to a claimed 3.4 L/100 km despite a 10 Nm deduction.


Like the 1-series, exterior changes to the 2-series are minor with a wider kidney grille, larger air intakes, bi-LED headlights as standard, slightly altered full LED taillights, choice of new colours and new alloy wheel designs being the biggest highlights. Interior differences mirror those of the 1-series with a new 8.8-inch iDrive display on models fitted with the optional Navigation Professional system, wireless smartphone charger, upgraded trim and Wi-Fi hotspot.

Aside from the entry-level 1.5-litre petrol engine in the 116i and similar sized diesel in the 116d, the 2-series retains the same range of powerunits, with the only difference being the inclusion of the 230i powered by a 185 kW / 350 Nm 2.0-litre TwinPower petrol. The M240i continues unchanged.


Leaked online earlier this month, the M2 boasts the same range of subtle aesthetics changes consisting of a new wider grille, larger air intakes and updated LED head-and-taillights. Along with the same interior updates as is 2-series brother, the M2's 3.0-litre TwinPower straight-six turbo remains as is with outputs of 272 kW / 500 Nm, and a 0-100 km/h time of 4.3 seconds with top speed electronically limited to 250 km/h.

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