BMW is out testing an updated version of its 1-Series Hatchback sold overseas, the current generation of which has been around since 2019.

The updated 1-Series Hatchback should arrive by late 2023 or early the following year, and while we likely won't see it in the U.S., some of the changes made to the car should feature on a similarly updated version of the related 2-Series Gran Coupe sold locally. Both models ride on BMW Group's FAAR platform for front-wheel-drive cars.

The updated 2-Series Gran Coupe will likely arrive six months to a year after the updated 1-Series Hatchback. There should also be an updated version of the related 1-Series sedan sold in China launched around the same time.

The 1-Series Hatchback prototype is heavily camouflaged, suggesting significant changes are planned. There are rumors BMW may market the car as a next-generation model. The video from YouTube channel CarSpyMedia shows the current 1-Series Hatchback testing alongside the updated model, providing a good contrast between the two designs.

The headlights on the updated model are a new design, and there also appears to be a new grille. The front fascia is also a new design and looks to feature a more horizontal theme. At the rear, it appears that the taillight signature will be new and the fascia will take on a cleaner design.

Our snaps of the interior show a new design as well. It looks like there will be a bigger screen for the infotainment, and we can clearly see the new center console with new controls, including the small nub instead of the more upright shift lever. The new dash design is found in the related 2-Series Active Tourer sold overseas.

2024 BMW 1-Series Hatchback facelift spy shots - Photo credit: Baldauf

2024 BMW 1-Series Hatchback facelift spy shots - Photo credit: Baldauf

It isn't clear what's planned for the powertrain lineup. More power is possible, especially for the range-topping M135i xDrive, whose current 2.0-liter turbo-4 is good for 301 hp. A plug-in hybrid powertrain may also be added to the lineup, since there are no plans for an electric 1-Series Hatchback just yet (instead we've been treated with an electric X1). Any plug-in hybrid powertrain would also likely be borrowed from the 2-Series Active Tourer. The setup pairs a 3-cylinder engine and electric motor for up to 321 hp combined.

BMW is cooking up another compact model that will likely reach the U.S. Also out testing is a redesigned X2 compact crossover, the current version of which is sold in the U.S. With the redesigned X2, BMW will offer an iX2 electric option for the first time.