As its refreshed version arrives sometime in July, BMW have been keen to reveal the changes they’ve made to the 1-Series. We know that it will come with new colors as well as wheel options while the interior will also receive new tech as well as major changes to its layout. Apart from this slew of changes, BMW will also release a line of special edition models to complement the 1-series update.
Dubbed the ‘Shadow’, BMW have released three versions of the 1-Series with blacked-out wheels, inserts, window tint, and kidney grills. Each version of the Shadow is designated by the trim it will be fitted on – namely the Edition Sport Line Shadow, Edition M Sport Shadow, and M140i Edition Shadow.
The M Sport Shadow has an option to upgrade to black 18-inch alloys, while the M140i Shadow can be treated to black exhaust tips as well as a gray version of the 18-inch wheels. Aside from five different alloy wheels to select from, two new exterior colors can also be had to match the blacked-out shadow pieces: Seaside Blue and Sunset Orange.
Stepping inside, the Shadow Edition greets drivers with a black instrument panel housing redesigned air vents, chrome buttons for the power windows, and an entirely revamped center console. New leather and cloth options for interior trim can be selected to match the new pieces.
On the tech end, vehicles fitted with navigation receive a sizeable 8.8 inch display that hosts a plethora of features – Chief among them a new Microsoft Exchange function on BMW’s ConnectedDrive Service that allows 365 users to send emails or view the calendar in the car via a secure server. This, along with features such as optional wifi, apple carplay, and various drivers assist features all come together to round up the new 1-series’ tech.
Much like the previous 1-Series, gasoline-powered powerplants range from the 109 PS three-cylinder turbo in the 116i all the way to the 340PS inline-six found in the M140i. Diesels on the other hand get the 116d that makes 119 PS with 269 Nm of torque and scales up to the 125d that makes 224 PS and 450 Nm of torque. The 118d, 120d, and the M140i are eligible to receive the xDrive all-wheel drive system, with most versions either coming out with an 8-speed automatic or a 6-speed manual transmission.
This may well be the last rear-wheel drive platform for the 1-series, as the next-gen version that BMW is working on is based on an existing front-wheel drive platform.