2017 BMW 1 Series and 2 Series launched in Australia

Updated engines headline changes to BMW 1 Series/2 Series for 2017…

2017 BMW 1 Series and 2 Series launched in Australia

They are already proving to be among the most popular models in the BMW Australia line-up, now the BMW 1 Series and 2 Series also come with a reasonably significant upgrade for 2017.

Launched today, I have driven a selection of the new 2017 models and will be able to provide a review on Friday morning when a BMW embargo is lifted.

In the meantime, I can report on the changes that the small BMW hatch/coupe/convertible models will receive.

The biggest changes come under the bonnet with the manufacturer fitting the latest versions of their four-cylinder and six-cylinder turbocharged petrol engines to models ranging from the entry-level 118i hatch, through to the new M240i.

That new M240i is designed to be a more comfortable performance model than its M car sibling, the much-acclaimed and more track-focussed, BMW M2.

BMW has also added an updated version of its iDrive infotainment/driver info system to the new 2017 cars.

Known as iDrive 5, the system features improved graphics, faster operating speeds and is said to be more intuitive as well.

The biggest change on that new system is a new six app home screen that takes you instantly to key functions.

While BMW has resisted the urge to make any significant exterior styling or interior changes with the update.

We will bring you all the details, including drive impressions of the updated BMW 1 Series/2 Series when that embargo is lifted on Friday.

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