BMW 1 Series Coupe and Convertible ranges have received a number modifications and upgrades for 2011.
The tweaks focus on either end of the cars, with revised headlights and L-shaped tail-lights, and a new splitter that introduces what BMW calls an ‘air curtain’ around the front wheels. This reduces drag and improves CO2 emissions — although BMW has yet to issue any revised figures for the car’s European line-up.
The headlights and taillights are also new and although their shapes are familiar, the headlights get an upper accent strip and the taillights now feature an all-red housing and integrated LED accent lights. Expect the manufacturer to claim a marginal drop in CO2 emissions when the official 1 Series figures are released. Inside the revised models will get new upholstery options and a there’s a range of minor improvements to trim detailing.
When most carmakers introduce a new vehicle, whether production-ready or conceptual, they do so at a major auto show. But before that, they release photos and details a few weeks before the event. BMW wanted their new convertible to get the most attention possible, so the images were released during the hype of the LA Show, but they didn’t unveil the car there. Instead, they opted to do that during the 2011 NAIAS, alongside the new X3, the revised 1 Series coupe and convertible and the new 1 Series M Coupe.
The 1 Series Coupe and Convertible go on sale in March next year, with prices starting from £21,960 OTR for the BMW 118d ES Coupe and £24,245 for the 118i ES Convertible.