We ‘ve alluded to it for well over a month with our 1M articles but now that the cat is out of the bag, we can finally tell you what we know about the E82 and E83 LCI. Since the Coupe and Converible technically were released before the original LCI of the 1 Series they never got the standard nip and tuck that all BMW receive later in life. The 1er LCI is happening and it will debut around the 1st of the year, 2011.

To debut with the 1M at the Detroit Motor Show this mild update will feature new front and rear LED DRL lights (similar to the 3er) to bring the car more in line with the rest of the current BMW lineup. Another update will be on the inside with an improved gauge cluster.

It ‘s not as dramatic as some had hoped but the changes will be very welcome.

The full 1 Series redesign (the F20) will debut in late 2012 as a 2013 model in the three and five door hatch. Following that the coupe and convertible will debut 12 and 18 months later in 2014.

The photo above comes from a pre-production ActiveE testing around Munich and are courtesy of Bimmerpost.