The Bavarian automaker has opened up the updates for the new 2012 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models. There are no major mechanical changes, just improved aerodynamics and some subtle design modifications and refinements to various controls plus new exterior upholstery, paint colors and interior trim.
New exterior facelift accents are limited to the rear lights and reworked headlights with LED strips, fresh styles for the 17-inch alloy and 18-inch alloy wheels.
The new models get re-sized vertical ventilation slits in the front apron to channel air into the wheel arches and create the so described “air curtain” or aerodynamic screening effect across the face of the front wheels. BMW claims that the change reduces drag in this area.
Buyers of both models will be greeted by new interior trim features and upholstery options. BMW has also added an M leather steering wheel and a new sports leather steering wheel with shift paddles to the cars’ options list.
The updated 2012 model year 1-Series Coupe and Convertible models will be available for sale in the States this Spring.