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Coming soon: 2019 BMW X1

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First published: 29th May 2019
  • Revised looks
  • X1 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid model for 2020
  • New versions arrive in July
BMW has given its baby SUV, the X1, an overhaul for 2019, and will be introducing a plug-in hybrid model from 2020.

The latest X1 was originally launched in 2015 but this facelift updates the look to be more in-line with the latest BMW design, which means a larger grille at the front and some new headlights, which are nice bright LEDs across the range. There are integral foglamps in the bumper, and larger air intakes, too. On higher-end models, there’s a fancy new driver’s-side mirror that projects an LED X1 image onto the ground when the car is unlocked. It’s not just to look cool, though; it’s also to show up any puddles near the door as you get in.

At the back, there are new rear lights and new wider exhaust pipes. BMW has added three new paint colours and four new wheel designs, too. Inside, there’s an updated navigation system and the latest version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system. Options include a full-colour head-up display.
2019 BMW X1
Plug-in hybrid X1 in March 2020
The big news for hybrid fans is that a plug-in hybrid X1 will be added to the range of petrol and diesel options, with production starting in March next year. Called the X1 xDrive25e, it will use technology lifted from the high-performance i8 sports car, and have an electric-only range of 31 miles. The electric motor will have 95 horsepower, and the petrol engine 125 horsepower. It’ll be all-wheel drive, with the petrol engine driving the back wheels and the fronts powered by the electric motor.

The updated new X1 is on sale now, with first deliveries in July. Prices start at £28,795.
2019 BMW X1

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