BMW has given its X1 crossover a makeover. Take a look at what’s changed…
The second-generation X1 came to market in 2015 and now the smallest X offering from BMW has gone under the knife for a refresh.
In case you haven’t noticed, BMW kidney grilles have been getting larger lately and the X1 now follows the trend with a bigger grille which is also flanked by newly designed headlights. Larger air intakes and integral LED foglights are also seen in the new front bumper.
BMW has also thrown in a party trick in the form of an X1 projection that shines onto the floor from the driver’s side mirror while also illuminating the door handle recess to provide easier access in the dark.
The rear of the X1 now benefits from redesigned LED tail lights as well as larger-diameter exhaust tips (from 70 mm to 90 mm). There are also new wheel designs on offer as well as some new colours to choose from including Jucaro Beige metallic, Misano Blue metallic and BMW Individual Storm Bay metallic.
The X1's interior remains familiar but BMW has added more choice in terms of upholstery and infotainment.
The interior remains much the same and a wide range of options are on offer to build your X1 just the way you want it. Trim lines include Base, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport. NEw features include contrast stitching on the instrument panel, a choice of 3 new upholstery options and up to 13 colour and material choices on offer. When navigation is specified, buyers will also have the choice between an 8.8-inch or 10.25-inch Touch Control Display.
Local specification has yet to be confirmed but you can expect a choice of 3-and 4-cylinder petrol and diesel engines to be offered locally. The current engines may very well even carry over which means that the current 3-cylinder, 1.5-litre turbopetrol with 103 kW and 220 Nm and the 4-cylinder, 2.0-litre turbopetrol with 141 kW and 280 Nm are a strong possibility. The current 2.0-litre turbodiesel with 140 kW and 400 Nm is also likely as well as a choice of manual and automatic transmissions.
The big news, however, is that a plug-in hybrid X1 is due for production in March 2020 which will combine a 92 kW / 220 Nm turbocharged combustion engine to drive the front wheels and a 70 kW / 165 Nm electric motor to drive the rear wheels using a 9.7 kWh lithium-ion battery pack which allows for an electric range of up to 50 km. It’s not yet confirmed if South Africa will receive the hybrid X1.
BMW South Africa has yet to confirm when the latest X1 will arrive South Africa but we suspect that it will arrive before the end of 2019. We will keep you updated as soon as local details are revealed.
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