The prototype carries a whole lot of camouflage gear for a mid-cycle replace, suggesting some vital styling tweaks are deliberate. We will spot new internals for the lights at each ends, and underneath the thick camo on the entrance must be a brand new grille and fascia. The rear fascia additionally appears to be like to have taken on a cleaner design, and there is no lacking the outstanding exhaust suggestions which additionally function a brand new design.
Main adjustments will happen inside, too. It seems that the 1-Sequence Hatchback will swap to the cabin design of the associated 2-Sequence Energetic Tourer. It means greater screens, a small nub as an alternative of an upright shift lever, and the elimination of a whole lot of the bodily controls (although fortunately not on the steering wheel).
2023 BMW M135i Hatchback facelift spy pictures – Picture credit score: S. Baldauf/SB-Medien
It is not clear if there can be any mechanical adjustments. We’ll remind you that the automobile, which rides on BMW Group’s FAAR front-wheel-drive platform, was simply up to date final yr with some chassis tweaks geared toward sharpening the driving expertise. It is doable we’ll see some extra energy added with this newest replace. The automobile at present comes with a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline-4 that delivers a peak 301 hp. The engine is mated to an 8-speed computerized transmission and powers all 4 wheels. A mechanical limited-slip differential is fitted on the entrance axle.
The up to date 1-Sequence Hatchback vary, together with the M135i, ought to arrive someday in 2023, and whereas we can’t see it within the U.S., adjustments made to the vary ought to function on a equally up to date model of the associated 2-Sequence Gran Coupe vary we do get right here. The up to date 2-Sequence Gran Coupe will probably arrive in 2023 as a 2024 mannequin. There must also be up to date variations of the associated 1-Sequence sedan and 2-Sequence Energetic Tourer ranges launched across the identical time.
Keep tuned for updates as growth continues.