New-look BMW 1 Series drops diesel and manual gearbox

In comparison, the rear of the 1 Series has had little work done. Bar a new two-part tail-light, a lowered bumper (in a black diffuser-style design on M Sport models) is the biggest change.

These changes have lengthened the car by a modest 42mm to 4361mm. Its other dimensions remain unchanged.

Inside is where most of the work has been done. The headline change is the arrival of the BMW’s 20in Curved Display. Controlled by BMW’s OS 9 software, it incorporates both the digital instrument display and infotainment system. 

The number of physical buttons has been drastically slashed, including those for the climate control. This, as with most of the car’s comfort controls, can now be found within the infotainment touchscreen.

Materials inside have also been upgraded, with Alcantara available in M Sport models.

Meanwhile, new seats are said to offer better comfort over longer distances.

Given the line-up has been slimmed to three models and SE entry trim dropped, pricing has inflated by some £2500.

Final figures have yet to be confirmed, but the 1 Series line-up is expected to start at £31,000 for the 120i Sport and top out at £42,000 for the M135i xDrive.

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