This is a HUGE improvement.
Spy shots have shown BMW is working on a new flagship X8 SUV that will be even larger and more luxurious than the X7. On the other end of the spectrum, BMW is preparing to unleash an all-new version of the X1, the Bavarian automaker's smallest SUV. Last month, our spies caught BMW testing a new prototype of the X1 with a more curvaceous design than its predecessor.
Just a few weeks later, another BMW X1 prototype has been spotted out in the wild, but this time our spies managed to get a sneak peek inside the interior. Compared to the current model, the new X1's interior looks significantly more high-tech.
With the dashboard partially uncovered, we can see the next-generation X1 has a new three-spoke steering wheel and a larger curved dual-screen incorporating a digital instrument cluster and a touchscreen for the infotainment system. This layout mimics the curved display in the iX, but we suspect the screens will be smaller since the X1 is positioned as an entry-level model, whereas the iX is BMW's flagship electric SUV. Even so, this will be a huge tech upgrade over the current X1's standalone 8.8-inch touchscreen.
As for the styling, the X1 prototype has been updated with production headlights and LED running lights that match the design of the upcoming 3 Series facelift.
We also get a clearer look at the new X1's redesigned bumper and kidney grilles. Thankfully, the new X1 won't inherit the massive kidney grilles that plague the new 4 Series, but it will borrow the i4's flush door handles. Engine options have not been confirmed, but the current X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque. The new model could get a slight power boost over its predecessor. Joining the X1 family will be a new entry-level iX1 electric SUV that could replace the i3.
We still have a long time to wait for the all-new X1 to arrive. Rumors suggest it will debut in late 2022, but the camouflage will hopefully start stripping away on prototypes soon to give us a better look at things.