Besides the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, BMW Group Malaysia MD and CEO Alan Harris in fact also mentioned, during Monday’s media briefing, another new model bound for our shores “later in the year.” We later sought clarification to yield that the model meant is actually the 1 Series facelift.

The updated F20 BMW 1 Series range was revealed to the world only a couple of weeks ago. This is pretty much the last we’ll see of the rear-wheel drive 1er, as the next generation is set to adopt the new front-wheel drive UKL platform used by the 2 Series Active Tourer, the new MINI and the next-gen BMW X1.

There’s a reshaped kidney grille that’s flanked by new, slimmer headlamps with nicer-looking corona rings (at least they’re in one line now!), plus restyled front and rear bumpers. Round the back, you’ll see new L-shaped LED rear lamps that now eat into the tailgate.

Now here’s the interesting bit – globally at least, the 116i now gets a 109 hp/180 Nm 1.5 litre three-cylinder engine. The pre-facelift 116i‘s 136 hp/220 Nm 1.6 litre four-cylinder now goes to the 118i, and the pre-facelift 118i‘s 170 hp/250 Nm version of that engine is now used by the 120i. The 125i however, keeps its 218 hp/310 Nm 2.0 litre four-cylinder.

Currently, the pre-facelift 116i and 118i are locally-assembled (CKD) while the 125i and 125i M Sport are fully-imported (CBU) – will this arrangement (and model range) be repeated for the facelifted car?

Learn more about the facelifted F20 BMW 1 Series range here.