As the 2011 NAIAS press days have wrapped up, BMW has provided this overview of the 1-series family debuts at the auto show. Most notably, Dr. Kay Segler speaks a bit about the 1M coupe.
BMW recently peeled back some of the heavy cladding on the next generation 1-series hatchback (F20), which has now been spotted again in various colors.
The next generation 1-series lineup (hatchback, coupe, cabrio, and other rumored variants) styling cues will fall in line with the rest of the newest BMW range. The car has a newly sculpted and more upright hood reminiscent of the F10 5-series and F25 X3 with sharp and hyper crisp body sculpting line running from the front fender through the door handles to the rear in an aggressive arc. The front and rear bumpers too follow the current BMW trends of aggressive and angular shapes that were normally reserved for M-Sport variants.
We have posted yesterday’s full BMW press conference from the 2011 NAIAS at Detroit. Ian Robertson presented a state of the company address, as well as introducing the all new 6-series cabrio, 1M coupe, 1-series LCI, and the 2011 X3. View the press conference inside.
More updates have been streaming through. Here is the latest, a video of the Vermillion Red 128i LCI cabrio that we saw early this morning. Enjoy!
As promised, here is more video of the BMW 135i LCI in Alpine White. You can see the new Gloss White interior trim as well!
In the same vein as the BMW 128i Convertible showcased at the Detroit Autoshow, here is the 135i which comes with the M-Sport as standard kit. The updated LCI headlights and tailights look just as fresh against the Alpine White as they did on the Vermillion Red of the Convertible counterpart.
Because of the M-Sport kit (which is unchanged from the pre-LCI models), the Air Curtain technology featured on the 128i and 1M could not be incorporated into the 135i. However, the idea of air curtain does seem interesting, and I would expect to see it incorporated into the next generation 1-Series, the F20.
Other then these subtle changes, no significant changes are noted in these cars.
Look out for pricing details later today!
Here is the all new facelift’d BMW 128i Convertible. This is a so-called LCI car aka Life Cycle Impulse aka facelift. The new car has been brushed in a stunning Vermillion Red and prominently feature the updated headlight clusters and tailights.
The new headlights have a sharp “eyebrow” with a lighted LED component embedded within them. The overall shape of the cluster is unchanged, but the addition of the eyebrows brings the 1-Series styling inline with the current generation of BMWs, most of which have been released within the last 3 years. Surprisingly, the new eyebrows do make a noticeable difference and give the car a decidedly aggressive attitude.
The truly sharp eyed among you may have immediatly noticed one difference between this car and the car shown … CONTINUED
A new N54 tuning platform (for N54 motor based 135i, 335i, and 535i) has hit the market. The COBB Tuning AccessPORT is a hand-held ECU flash tuning solution for the N54 motor, allowing custom reprogramming of the ECU at the push of a button. N55 compatibility is currently in development.
This is just a quick update of our 1 Series coupe and convertible LCI coverage with the same videos previously posted but now in full HD quality. Enjoy!