El The X1 is the gateway to the ever-expanding BMW SUV range – or SAV (Sport Activity Vehicle) as the brand says – with proposals similar to his brother, X3, but on a smaller scale and price. Sales accompany especially in this second generation, but with almost three years on the market, the time for the first update is getting closer.
It is well known that the Munich company has been working on a facelift as shown by several pictures of disguised test units that have been broadcast on the Internet and in BMW forums, but as is often the case in this case, the leak ends in surprise: at least one or two Chinese websites publish some X1 photos that are updated without camouflage, may be described during their homology.
Wash your face clearly, although it does not change the original design of the SUV. First, the new grille with chrome kidney and is much thicker, because it is being applied to other brand models – without exaggeration from the new Series 7 and X7 – stand out. It also redesigned the bumper, which lost round fog lights, and now has a black mask at the end and a larger central air intake that gives a more aggressive image to the front of the vehicle. The headlights also receive updates in the internal design, with more straight scratches and Led lighting.
There are no significant changes on the side – except for the new alloy wheels – or on the rear, where only the internal designs of the headlights are modified, also by the LEDs and styles similar to X2 or X3.
Currently, there are no photos of the interior filtered, although no major modifications are expected, except for instrumental, which might combine a digital display that can be configured by drivers who have launched the first Series 8 and who are also known to use the new Series. 1, with whom he shares the UKL platform.
Mechanically, the planned novelty is the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant – characteristics that have not been revealed, and the sporty version of the M35 – driven by the TwinPower 2.06 TwinPower naphtero Turbo engine that already uses X2 and will become the Peak Series 1 range.
The official X1 presentation will appear in the coming months. According to estimates by several European media, the date chosen by BMW is the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will take place between 12 and 22 September.