BMW calls it a Life Cycle Impulse (or LCI), presumably because it sounds more sophisticated than “facelift’”, in the same way that “hand-cooked potato chips” sounds tastier than “crisps”. The LCI comes to every BMW, and has most recently been applied to the appealing little 2-series, a bang-on-time three years after it first went on sale as a replacement for the 1-series Coupé and Convertible.
In this instance the changes constitute new bumpers and a larger kidney grille, full LED headlights across all models, plus a redesigned LED formation in the tail lights.
Inside the car is what BMW describes as a new dashboard, although in reality it mostly seems to have involved moving a piece of trim from above the glovebox so that it now abuts the central air vents instead. Opt for an M Sport model and you also get neat Black Optic 3D dials that appear as a gloss panel only to glow into life when the ignition is switched on. It’s neat, if still not as flash as the Virtual Cockpit in Audi’s TT.