The current generation of the 1-Series Hatchback was first revealed in 2011, so the car is due for its mid-cycle update sometime next year. The new model is expected to feature changes to the headlights, grille and bumpers. It looks like the design will see the edges of the headlights meet the grille, similar to what we see on the latest BMW models. The interior also appears to be getting a few tweaks plus the latest in infotainment goodies.
The changes are most likely aimed at bringing the somewhat awkward look of the current 1-Series Hatchback into line with that of the sharp-looking 2-Series coupe (the two share most of their internals). The new look should also help boost the 1-Series' appeal against the stylish Audi A3 and Mercedes-Benz A-Class compact car rivals.
2015 BMW 1-Series Hatchback facelift spy shots
Six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions should continue to be offered.
Look for a reveal early next year, with sales in Europe to commence by next spring. Unfortunately, BMW has no plans to introduce the 1-Series Hatchback to the U.S. market, at least in this generation. Instead, we’ll be getting the new 2-Series Active Tourer and eventually a new 1-series sedan.