As is traditional with BMW mid-cycle updates, don’t expect any significant design changes.
The second-generation BMW X1 only went on sale in 2015 so it still feels fresh, but BMW is wasting no time giving its Volvo XC40 rival a mid-cycle update to maintain its sales momentum in such a fiercely competitive segment. Our spies recently caught a prototype of BMW’s refreshed compact crossover roaming the streets of Munich near the company’s headquarters in Germany. With testing underway, it seems likely the BMW X1 facelift will launch sometime in 2019. From the photos, it’s clear, however, that it won’t be receiving a radical overhaul.
The copious amounts of camouflage may trick you into thinking the 2019 BMW X1 will have some significant design changes, but BMW’s mid-cycle updates are traditionally very subtle. The placement of the camouflage suggests we can expect the updated X1 to feature a redesigned front bumper, new headlights and grille, as well as new taillight graphics. Our spies noted that parts of the interior were also covered up, which means BMW could be updating the X1’s infotainment and sat-nav system. There’s a chance the X1 could also feature BMW’s new fancy digital instrument cluster previewed a few months ago by the time it rolls out in 2019.
As for powertrains, the only variant of the X1 currently sold in the US is the 28i model, which utilizes a 2.0-liter turbocharged gasoline engine that sends 228 horsepower through an eight-speed automatic transmission, and we expect this setup will be carried over for the mid-cycle update. It’s also available with front-wheel drive as standard but all-wheel drive is optional.