New BMW X1 in development for 2022 launch

The next-generation BMW X1 will get chunkier looks, plus hybrid and electric powertrains

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  • Electric iX1 in development

The BMW X1 is due to be replaced in two years’ time and our image (based on these recent spy shots) suggests how the car might look. BMW’s rival to the Mercedes GLA and Audi Q3 will benefit from updates inside and out, and will feature a wider selection of electrified options.

It looks like the grilles will grow a little bit, but they won’t be anywhere near as tall as the ones fitted to the latest BMW 4 Series. We’d expect LED headlights to be fitted as standard, while there will also be new front bumper designs and wider front wheel arches.

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The car will look a bit chunkier in general, to put a bit more distance between it and the mechanically identical BMW X2. While the X2 has more of a coupe look, the X1 will have a taller, flatter rear end to boost practicality. A seven-seat model to rival the Mercedes GLB seems unlikely, though.

It’s highly likely that the X1 will share its interior with the latest BMW 1 Series. The infotainment screen will be much bigger than the one currently fitted as standard, and it’ll be joined to a digital instrument cluster across most of the range. All cars will feature Apple CarPlay, cruise control and parking sensors.

Engines will be carried over from the current car; the entry-level model will get a three-cylinder 1.5-litre petrol engine shared with the MINI line-up. A more powerful 189bhp petrol, badged 20i, will also be offered, and both these engines should return 40mpg or so. The current 18d and 20d diesel versions should continue to be available, perhaps with mild-hybrid technology to reduce their emissions.

BMW has confirmed that it’s working on a fully electric iX1, which is set to join the range a few months after the X1 is launched. Electric 5 Series and 7 Series models are also in development, and all may use the same 282bhp electric motor that’ll be deployed in the BMW iX3 SUV. The iX1 will have a smaller battery, though, but fast-charging should be standard. A plug-in hybrid X1 xDrive25e will be offered, as it is now for the current model.

See how the current BMW X1 compares to its rivals by reading our review.

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