New 2022 BMW X1 SUV nears manufacturing after being spied once more

The ending touches are being utilized to the brand new BMW X1 compact SUV forward of its launch later this 12 months

22 Apr 2022

BMW is about to revolutionise its smallest SUV, the X1, with a brand new third-generation mannequin, and we’ve spied it testing on the Nurburgring. 

The German agency’s current teaser of its iX1 confirmed the following X1 will likely be joined by an all-electric SUV in the same vein to BMW’s iX3 and X3 SUV vary. The X1 will transfer to an up to date model of the present automotive’s UKL2 platform, permitting BMW to supply petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and totally electrical variations of its Audi Q3 rival. 

These new spies present the automotive with much less camouflage than earlier than. It’s doubtless this mule is an M Sport mannequin as a result of the angular entrance bumper is just like that on the brand new 2 Sequence Coupe M Sport. BMW has opted for a kidney grille much less imposing than that of the 4 Sequence or new 7 Sequence, and the headlights will not be too dissimilar from the present X1’s. 

On the facet we see a brand new break up five-spoke alloy wheel design and on the rear there’s a roof spoiler and conventional BMW ‘L’ formed signature rear mild design. There’s no aggressive diffuser on the rear bumper, however there are a few inserts the place exhaust ideas might seem later in improvement. 

A slight development spurt will give the automotive extra presence, with a boxier, taller and extra imposing profile. 

The X1 will make its debut within the second half of this 12 months and go on sale in Britain earlier than 2022 is out. The vary’s beginning worth is about to rise barely from the £30,555 of the present mannequin.

The present X1 is now BMW’s oldest automotive within the agency’s whole passenger-car line-up. As such, there’s loads to replace, whereas conserving the idea of the X1 comparatively unchanged. The brand new automotive will nonetheless be a compact premium SUV that’s marketed as a extra standard and sensible various to the sportier-looking X2, which is tipped to be renewed in 2023. 

Whereas the outside appears to be an evolution of the present automotive’s, the inside particularly will transfer on fairly considerably. The subsequent X1 will undertake BMW’s newest iDrive 8 system and ‘curved show’ infotainment suite. It gained’t get the bigger screens discovered on the brand new 7 Sequence, however it is going to get a ten.25-inch digital instrument panel blended with a ten.7-inch central show. BMW has stated it’ll reserve its rotary dial enter for its bigger automobiles, so anticipate a touchscreen-only consumer interface. 

Underpinning the brand new X1 would be the new FAAR platform, which is utilized by the brand new 2 Sequence Lively Tourer and can help the following MINI Countryman. 

Turbocharged three and four-cylinder petrol energy with mild-hybrid help will make up the majority of the combustion engine vary, driving the entrance wheels through an eight-speed automated gearbox. The UK line-up is prone to start with the X1 sDrive20i, utilizing a 168bhp 48-volt-assisted three-cylinder engine, joined by a four-cylinder 48-volt choice with 215bhp.

Opposite to its dwindling significance and recognition, diesel energy will likely be retained within the X1, greater than doubtless utilizing the most recent iteration of the model’s 2.0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged engine from the brand new 2 Sequence Lively Tourer. It develops 148bhp and will return an mpg determine within the excessive 50s. 

The 2 extremes of the X1 line-up will likely be represented by a high-performance mannequin developed with enter from BMW’s M division, and an all-electric mannequin, known as iX1, that can rival the likes of the Mercedes EQA and the Volvo XC40 Recharge. 

Spy pictures of the anticipated X1 M35i trace at sportier exterior styling with a wider observe, decrease suspension and a quad exhaust set-up. The mannequin will take its operating gear from the most well liked model of the 1 Sequence hatchback, the M135i. With a turbocharged four-cylinder engine creating a minimum of 302bhp and xDrive all-wheel drive fitted as customary, a sub-five-second 0-62mph sprint might effectively be inside attain. 

Much less straightforward to foretell is the composition of the all-electric iX1 mannequin’s powertrain, as a result of we’ve but to see a compact electrical BMW mannequin utilizing the FAAR platform in manufacturing kind. Nonetheless, info from the corporate concerning the skills of the FAAR platform has beforehand advised a focused most vary of 280 miles due to a 60kWh underfloor battery – greater than sufficient to make sure that the iX1 will likely be aggressive with its rivals.

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Patrick Moore

Patrick is our chief editor and he's very passionate about cars. He has a bachelor's degree in marketing and he studies journalism. His favorite brand is BMW and he drives an X5 series. When he's not writing for, he enjoys spending time with his family and 9 years old son.

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