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Perhaps its an indicator of the sort of year we should be expectingbut we were barely into the month of January before BMWunveiled its first new, or I suppose strictly speaking face-lifted,model of the year in the form of the new 1 Series. Both thethree- and five-door hatches have been given a thorough spruce
up and while the changes wrought on the face-lifted 6 Series (see lastmonths News pages) might have been pretty minor, the 1 Series has beengiven an altogether more comprehensive going over.
Obviously the main changes are in the looks department and I dont thinkIm the only one who viewed the visage of the pre-LCI 1 Series with thethought that theres a face that only a mother could love. The problem was those headlights as far asI was concerned they just looked the wrong size and the wrong shape. Their effect could besoftened in the right colours and with the right trim package, but to me the car always looked ratherstartled. To my eyes, the face-lifted version now looks a lot more cohesive with its 2 Series-style lampslooking far better integrated into the design of the car. If proof were ever needed that one mans meatis anothers poison, I was somewhat surprised to read one contributor to a forum I frequent jumpingup and down with anger about how theyd ruined the 1 Series with the new corporate headlamps,arguing that all the models look the same now and that at least with the old shape lights the 1 Serieshad a slightly different look to the other models.
Does he have a point? Are the new slimline headlights making all the cars look too similar? I dontthink its quite got to Audi levels of struggling to differentiate between models yet, but next timeyoure driving at night try playing the One, Two, Three, Four, Five, Six, Seven game. As a BMW comesup behind you try and identify the model from the headlights and if you come up on a BMW frombehind try and work out which model it is from the tail-lights. Some are easier than others, but youneed a very keen eye to differentiate a 3 Series from a Five.
Perhaps the latest range is becoming a little bit too homogenised and while they do increasinglylook rather alike under the skin its a similar story with engines across the range now becoming smallerand smaller. The LCI 1 Series is a case in point with plenty of three- and four-cylinder units beingadopted the 120i for example is now powered by a 1.6-litre engine. No doubt theyll be great todrive and theres no getting away from some of the impressive economy figures being claimed thenew 116d EfficientDynamics Plus model, for example, offers up to 83mpg on the combined cycle. Icant wait to see what can actually be achieved in real world conditions. In the mean time we awaitthe face-lifted 3 Series, as by our reckoning that has to be one of the next models due for an upgrade.Expect new engines and perhaps an increasingly homogenised look, too.
Bob Harper, Editor
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