The second-generation BMW X1 was introduced for the first time in late 2015, which was entirely based on the UKL2 platform with a standard front-wheel drive configuration. So far, the BMW X1 has become the cheapest BMW crossover and the best-selling SUV in the world. Now the German-based automaker has brought the facelifted version of the 2020 X1 compact crossover. There are a number of changes seen in the exterior design, including a new look and several new color choices.
Speaking of the exterior changes, the new five-door SUV gets a new touch on its front end design inspired by other BMW models. What needs to be noted is that there’s no redesign for the upcoming 2020 BMW X1 crossover, considering this is a mid-cycle update. Some impressive exterior changes, including new headlights with sharp design lines (hexagonal quad-headlight), a larger new front grille, new chrome insert and larger air ducts on its new front lower valance.
The rear end has also received several minor revisions with a bigger chrome exhaust tips, and redesigned taillights. Other updates are also seen in the M Sport package which now adopts more aggressive body colors to fit its front bumper and rear bumper, new wheel arch trim and new side skirts. In addition to the new alloy wheel design, the German factory also offers several new exterior color options on the facelifted X1 SUV, including Misano Blue Metallic, Jucaro Beige, and Storm Bay Metallic.
Moving into the cabin, there were several minor changes and revisions offered by BMW. Given that this is a mid-cycle update for the BMX 1, it’s nothing more than a minor update. There are a number of new optional features offered by the German car manufacturer, including a larger 8.8-in infotainment screen with a new sat-nav software and new shifter to adjust ZF-eight-speed automatic gearbox. The rest of the standard interior features are still the same as current models like the BMW iDrive 6.0-infotainment system and 6.5-inch screen.
Under its hood, the 2020 BMW X1 crossover is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine capable of cranks out up to 228 horsepower at 5,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque at 1,250 rpm. This turbo powertrain is offered with standard front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive setup, which can be paired well into an eight-speed automatic gearbox. On the new X1 xDrive28i AWD, it’s now claimed to be able to accelerate from 0-60 mph in just 6.3 seconds.
That means it’s 0.5 seconds faster than the previous model. BMW offers this 2.0L turbo engine as the only powertrain option on the sDr28i (FWD) and xDr28i (AWD) models in the United States. The 2020 BMW X1 gets some striking upgrades to its powertrain, some of which are the use of a new eight-speed ZF automatic gearbox with a new gear ratio. Transmission gears are now becoming smoother with slightly faster acceleration thanks to BMW’s revisions to the software.
While the EPA-estimated fuel economy rating remains the same as the current model. The front-wheel drive X1 model can return 23 mpg in the city, 32 mpg on the highway, and 26 mpg combined. As for the AWD setup, the five-door BMW X1 SUV has an EPA rating of 22 mpg in the city and 31 mpg on the highway.
Pricing and release dates haven’t yet been announced, but the 2020 BMW X1 is expected to reach U.S. dealerships sometime later this year. Expect the official price tag to not rise much from the current X1 crossover which starts at $34,950 for the base model and $36,950 for the upper trim level. However, look for the official pricing details close to its release date.