This is in fact the second time that we have seen an updated BMW X1 prototype, the first time being at the beginning of July. That prototype however could only offer us glimpses of the crossover’s slightly altered exterior design.
Better on-board tech is a must
The all-new Audi Q3 raised the bar in the sub-compact premium crossover segment, and with Mercedes currently working on a brand new generation of the GLA, BMW desperately needed to make the X1 more tech-savvy.
You need not look too close in order to spot the massive infotainment display, spanning the entire width of the center console. On the current X1, the screen is considerably smaller. Another thing we notice is that the steering wheel hasn’t changed. We were hoping BMW would install the same wheel as in the latest X3, but unless they plan to do so later on, it looks as though this one is it.
Last but not least is the shifter design which is thankfully more modern on this prototype than on the current production model. It’s also identical to the one from the 2018 2-Series Active Tourer.
Minor exterior changes
The camouflage on this prototype isn’t in any way more revealing than on the last pre-production X1 our spy photographers came across. Still, there are new bumpers front and rear, new headlights, new taillight graphics and a new front grille with seven vertical bars instead of eight.
As for its engine range, we expect better fuel economy and reduced CO2 emissions on both diesels as well as petrol models, while a plug-in hybrid version (likely called xDrive25e) could arrive sometime after the regular models break cover, meaning 2019.
The updated BMW X1 is expected to be unveiled before the end of this year.