2019 BMW X1: crossover gets a facelift and plug-in tech

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Author: | Updated: 29 May 2019 12:10

The BMW X1 has been updated for 2019, with the refreshed crossover boasting styling tweaks, additional in-car tech and a plug-in drivetrain option.

With prices starting from £28,795, deliveries ARE set to commence from mid-July. here’s what you need to know…

BMW X1 2019 front

Externally, the design remains by and large the same. However, there are new bumpers and up front, a larger grille that brings the X1 in line with the newer BMW models.

Another highlight can be found at the driver’s-side exterior mirror, which projects a two- tone LED ‘X1’ image when the car is unlocked. A trio of new exterior colours are available, as well as a range of new 17in, 18in and 19in alloy wheel options.

BMW X1 2019 side

M Sport models will feature styling changes to help them stand out from more mundane models. These include a 10mm drop in ride height, body-coloured trim and larger air intakes in the front bumper.

On the inside you’ll now find BMW’s latest iDrive infotainment system. All models will most likely boast an 8.8in infotainment screen, with a 10.25in unit available as an optional extra.

BMW X1 2019 interior

It also comes with BMW’s ConnectedDrive – a service that offers convenience-enhancing functions to assist the person at the wheel. For example, the BMW Connected app makes it possible to send destinations directly from your phone to the X1’s navigation system.

Three new upholstery options have been added, while trim alternations include some new contrasting stitching on the instrument panel. Another optional extra is a vivid Head-up display system, while a 5.7in driver info display is standard across the range.

The engine line-up from launch includes the sDrive 18i and 20i petrol units offering 140 and 192hp respectively. The sDrive 18d diesel produces 150hp and is also available with xDrive. The more potent 190hp 20d diesel comes with xDrive as standard.

BMW X1 2019 off road

However, from March 2020 the X1 will be available with plug-in tech in the form of the xDrive 25e. It’s the latest in a line of BMWs that are getting plug-in tech, and will offer 31 miles of electric-only range. Fuel consumption figures are to be confirmed, but this PHEV produces an average of 43g/km of CO2.

The BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, which generates 125hp and peak torque of 220Nm, will power the front wheels, while the electric drive system with rated output of 95hp and torque of 165Nm will channel its power to the rear wheels.

BMW X1 2019 rear

We’ll bring you more info on the plug-in when further details are revealed. In the meantime, you can read about another new BMW – the next-gen 1 Series hatchback.

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