BMW has given its X1 crossover a makeover and the SA pricing has been loaded up onto the local arm's website.
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 taillights 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.
The 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 confirmed. The 2.0-litre turbodiesel is offered in 2 states of tune with the 18d producing 110 kW and 330 Nm, while the 20d pushing with 140 kW and 400 Nm is also confirmed. The latter is the only model offered with all-wheel drive xDrive capability.
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 X1 Facelift Price in South Africa (October 2019)
BMW X1 sDrive 18i SAV R562 036
BMW X1 sDrive 20i SAV R602 668
BMW X1 sDrive 18d SAV R590 644
BMW X1 sDrive 20d SAV R631 024
BMW X1 xDrive 20d SAV R662 162