BMW 1 Series gets a fresh new face and new engines for 2015

The second generation of BMW’s entry-level 1 Series hatchback received mixed reviews when it was presented at the 2011 Frankfurt Motor Show. Responding to criticism about its looks, BMW has introduced a facelifted model that will go on sale across Europe in the coming weeks.

The 1 benefits from thinner headlights that give it a more muscular look, a revised rendition of BMW’s iconic kidney grille with fewer slats and a new lower bumper. The updates continue around back with L-shaped LED tail lamps that bring the 1 in line with other members of the BMW family.

The cockpit is left largely untouched save for a discreetly tweaked center console and the addition of new standard features such as automatic A/C and rain-sensing wipers.

A slew of more efficient engines complement the 1’s new look. The efficiency champ is a 1.5-liter three-cylinder turbodiesel engine that sends 116 horsepower and 199 foot-pounds of torque to the rear wheels via either a standard six-speed manual transmission or an optional eight-speed automatic unit. Part of BMW’s eco-friendly EfficientDynamics range, the 116d returns up to 69 mpg in a mixed European cycle when driven with a light right foot.

Power-hungry buyers will likely opt for the range-topping M135i. It boasts a 3.0-liter straight-six engine tuned to generate 326 horsepower and 322 foot-pounds of torque, modest increases over the pre-facelift 1. Linked to the aforementioned eight-speed auto, the straight-six sends the hatchback from zero to 62 mph in 4.7 seconds when ordered with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

BMW has not revealed how much of a premium the updated 1 Series will carry over the outgoing model. Regardless, the Munich-based automaker is not planning on offering the 1 on our shores in the near future.


Peloton’s tech lets truckers play follow the leader to boost fuel economy

Peloton Technology can help semi trucks save fuel by running close together on the highway. Using short-range wireless communications, the trucks get a kind of super cruise control.

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show: Where new muscle cars, trucks, and EVs convene

The 2019 Detroit Auto Show was the quietest edition of the event in recent memory, but that doesn't mean nothing significant happened inside the Cobo Center. Here are the new cars and concepts we saw at the show.

Sony crams its best camera tech into the new $900 A6400

Love Sony's autofocus, but can't stomach the full-frame price? The Sony A6400 mirrorless camera uses some of the same autofocus technology and the processor of the A9 in a compact, more affordable crop-sensor camera.

Benchmark results show Snapdragon 855 destroys previous-generation chip

Almost exactly a year after the launch of the Snapdragon 845, Qualcomm took the wraps off of its next-generation mobile platform, the new Snapdragon 855. The new chip puts an emphasis on A.I. performance.

The 2020 Lexus RC F goes on a diet to run faster and hit harder

The Lexus RC F has been one of the heavier cars in its competitive set since its introduction. The Japanese firm's engineers set out to shed weight as they gave the model a mid-cycle update.

Move mountains with the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty and its 1,000 pound-feet of torque

Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the 2019 Ram Heavy Duty pickup truck boasts 1,000 pound-feet of torque -- outgunning rival trucks from Ford and Chevrolet. The new Ram goes on sale later this year.

With 341 horsepower, the WRX STI S209 is the most powerful Subaru ever

The Subaru WRX STI S209 is the latest in a series of special editions that have never been sold in the United States before. The 341-horsepower pocket rocket debuts at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

China’s GAC Motor cruises into Detroit with all-electric Entranze concept

Chinese automaker GAC Motor brought its all-electric Entranze concept to the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. This is the third straight year that GAC has appeared in Detroit, and the company has established a design center in California.

2020 Ford Explorer branches out with sporty ST, efficiency-focused hybrid models

The 2020 Ford Explorer gets two variants never before seen on Ford's stalwart family hauler. The ST focuses on performance, while the hybrid aims for decent gas mileage. Both models will debut at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show.

Some of Volkswagen’s electric models will wear a ‘Made in the USA’ label

Confirming earlier rumors, Volkswagen has announced it will build electric cars in its Chattanooga, Tennessee, factory. The facility currently produces the Passat and the Atlas. Production will start in 2023, Digital Trends can reveal.

Infiniti previews its leap into one of the hottest industry segments

Infiniti will unveil the QX Inspiration concept at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show. The design study is an electric crossover shaped by Infiniti's newest design language that may point to a future production model.

Hyundai’s Veloster N hot hatchback will prove its mettle on the track

The Hyundai Veloster N will go racing to prove the credibility of Hyundai's new N performance division. Unveiled at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Veloster N race car will compete in a class with other small cars.

Nissan IMs concept teases a future long-range, autonomous electric car

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Nissan IMs is an electric car with a 380-mile range, autonomous-driving capability, and a backseat designed for being chauffeured. Too bad it's just a concept car.

Lexus LC convertible concept teases a new open-air flagship

Debuting at the 2019 Detroit Auto Show, the Lexus LC convertible concept adds open-air motoring to the sleek LC's resume. But Lexus won't commit to a production version of the car just yet.