EIn the X1, the gateway to the ever-wider range of BMW SUVs or SAVs (Sport Activity Vehicles) as it is called the brand – with a proposal similar to its big brother, X3, but on a smaller scale and price. Sales were especially followed in this second generation, but with almost three years in the market, the first update is approaching.
It was known that the Munich company was already working on a facelift, as shown by some pictures of camouflaged test units sent on the Internet and in the BMW forum, but which often happens in these cases, ended a leak with surprise: at least one or two Chinese websites published several photographs of the renewed X1 without any form of camouflage, possibly depicted during its homologation.
The face water is obvious, although it does not change the original design of the SUV. First, the new grille with chromium plating and much more bulky, as implemented in other models of the brand – without the exaggeration of the new series 7 and X7 – stands out. It also redefined the bumper, which lost the circular fog lights and now has a black mask on the ends and a larger central air intake that provides a more aggressive image on the front of the vehicle. The headlights also received an update in their internal design, with more straight strokes and LED lighting.
There are no significant changes in the sides – except for the new aluminum rims – or at the back where only the internal design of the headlights was modified, even by Led and a style similar to X2 or X3.
At present, no photographs were filtered by the interior, but no major modifications are expected, except for the instrument, which possibly contains the digital display that can be configured by the driver who has already premiered series 8 and who is also known to use the new series 1, with which it shares the UKL platform.
Mechanically, the planned news is the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant – which features have not yet been revealed – as well as a sportier version -M35-powered by the 2.06 TwinPower Turbo naphtho engine that already uses the X2 and will be the top of the series 1 series.
The official presentation of X1 should take place in the coming months. According to estimates of some European media, the date that BMW chose would be the Frankfurt Motor Show, which will take place between 12 and 22 September.