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BMW X1 Gets Much Needed Facelift And Plug-In Power

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The real question is, can you spot the differences between the old X1 and the new one?

BMW has been on a reveal bender lately because now, just a day after taking the wraps off the not-for-America 1 Series, it's revealed the only Bimmer with a "1" in its name to go on sale in the US. Given that the current F48-generation X1 has been on sale since 2015, the model was due for a facelift so it could stay fresh in the fight against the new Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, the Audi Q3, and the Volvo XC40.

As with many refreshes, the bulk of the changes can be seen at the front and rear, with the side silhouette staying relatively unchanged. And despite the fact the base BMW X1, xLine, Sport Line, and M Sport each get an individual looks, all models share the same enlarged grille that's now joined in the center rather than split by the hood.

New LED headlights also adopt BMW's current angular headlight styling, replacing the old halo design. Both of these sit above a newly designed front end that features integrated LED fog lamps and larger air intakes.

At the rear, you'll have to squint to see the changes. The taillights and rear bumper apron offer the only differences, with the former now having its backup strip straddle the bottom of the light's border while the latter is now painted to match the car's body color. Three new colors and four new wheel designs further differentiate the new car from the old, which is necessary because interior changes are even more sparse. While new trim pieces and upholstery options are on offer, the biggest update is made to the infotainment screen. It now comes with an 8.8-inch display as standard, but can be upgraded to a 10.25-inch touchscreen unit, with the latter option giving occupants the ability to use the screen to enter commands rather than having to resort to the iDrive controller.

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The new X1 will be available with four engines when it launches in Europe, two gasoline and two diesel, while a manual six-speed gearbox or a seven-speed dual clutch automatic will ensure buyers have 16 engine and transmission options to choose from. Europe will get a FWD X1 sDrive16d with a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine producing 114 hp and 199 lb-ft of torque, an AWD X1 xDrive25d with a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine pumping out 228 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque, and an AWD turbocharged gasoline 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine X1 xDrive25i with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. Of the three, only the latter engine will make it to the US, with a FWD sDrive option being a possibility.

The biggest addition to the lineup is a new plug-in hybrid variant called the X1 xDrive25e, which will hit the market in March of 2020. Its hybrid drivetrain is capable of sending 123 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque to all four wheels with the help of a 9.7 kWh battery that's able to supply 31 miles of fully-electric range. US buyers should expect the new X1 to hit dealerships in the latter part of this year. If we behave, maybe we'll even get the X1 xDrive M35i we've been wanting all along.