Refreshed BMW X1 Getting Larger Infotainment Display, New Shifter

The second-generation BMW X1 has been with us ever since 2015, which means the nameplate is about ready to receive the LCI treatment from its manufacturer, as rivals from Audi and Mercedes stand by.

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.

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  • Bash

    I like the new X1, the first generation was a mess.

    • Andrewthecarguy

      The M Sport version of the first gen with the turbo six pot aint bad though. Will have a cult following later in life.

  • Nihar

    The pre 7-series steering wheels look really fat and out of place. This doesn’t include the M steering wheels.

  • Andrewthecarguy

    Looks good.
    Bigger screen is better too, ditto the shifter…previous one looked like it was a stick

  • TheBelltower

    The X1 drives great and the interior is very nice, but a larger screen will be a good addition. It’s not surprising at all that the current X1 is a huge success.

  • erly5

    Time to update those steering wheels (M Sport excepted). They look so ugly and dated. The seats on SE and x-line trims are too flat, crying out for some bolstering!

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