Featuring a new distinctive design, a high level of electrification across the range and the latest in connectivity, the new BMW X1 builds on the concept of a Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) for the premium compact segment.
An expanded standard specification, increased interior spaciousness with a premium ambience, new BMW Operating System 8 and BMW Curved Display, and a large selection of automated driving and parking systems ensure the new BMW X1 stands out against its rivals.
In its third model generation, the BMW X1 offers fully electric driving for the first time. This new addition to a rapidly growing vehicle segment will complement the brand’s existing battery-electric models and make driving an all-electric BMW accessible to an even wider audience.
In the UK, the new BMW X1 is available with two petrol engine options, two diesel engines and two plug-in hybrid options. The range is completed by the new BMW iX1 xDrive30, the BMW Group’s first premium compact model based on a flexible vehicle architecture to feature an all-electric drive system.
Customers can choose between three carefully curated models, which offer generous levels of technology and equipment across the board. Sport, xLine and M Sport choices are available in combination with most engine variants, while the X1 xDrive23i, X1 xDrive30e and iX1 xDrive30 are available exclusively in xLine or M Sport.
All BMW X1 are built at BMW Group Plant Regensburg, along with the high-voltage batteries for the BMW iX1 xDrive30. The new BMW X1 sees the BMW Group take another step towards its target of establishing the most sustainable supply chain within the automotive industry, with a focus on renewable energy during manufacturing processes and the increased use of secondary and renewable materials compared with its predecessor.
The new BMW X1 is available now at BMW Retailers across the UK, priced from £33,775 OTR.
Increased proportions set-off by striking new front end design
The new BMW X1 is larger than its predecessor – by 53mm in length to 4,500mm, 24mm in width to 1,845mm and 44mm in height to 1,642mm. Its wheelbase is 2,692mm, 22mm longer than before, while its track widths have increased by 31mm to 1,592mm at the front and 1,593mm at the rear.
At the centre of the new front end design stands the large, almost square BMW kidney grille, its contouring highlighted by the three-dimensional chrome surround. The grille bars are finished in Black high-gloss as standard. In the outer areas of the lower air intake, large chrome strips accentuate the classy design of the front end.
The new BMW X1 comes as standard with slim LED headlights for low and high beam that extend into the sides of the car. A distinctive graphic splits the headlights into three units for the low beam, high beam and daytime driving lights, the latter including the indicators.
Dynamically stretched silhouette, powerful rear section
Crisply sculpted surfaces for the wheel arches, doors and shoulders of the body generate an expressive interplay of light and shadow. A dynamically rising character line connects the front and rear wheel arches, while the long roofline flows into a spoiler extending out to the rear. Together with the shoulder-line above the flush door openers, extending from the front wheel arches into the rear lights, this gives the silhouette a stretched feel.
At the rear, horizontal lines, the narrow rear window and flared wheel arches emphasise the body’s width. Chrome side details and a prominent underride protection element in the rear apron reprise styling cues from the front end. All functions of the rear lights work using LED technology as standard. If the Adaptive LED Headlights are specified, the rear lights also illuminate in a striking “L” shape. These optional rear lights are also recognisable from the distinctive patterning in the sections extending into the sides of the body.
Athletic and self-assured: the Sport model
The Sport model includes: 17-inch alloy wheels with a lightning grey finish, Quartz Silver matt interior elements, High-gloss Shadowline exterior detailing, High-gloss Shadowline M Roof Rails, Front Sport seats and Cloth Anthracite seat upholstery throughout the vehicle.
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Robust looks and an air of sophistication: the xLine model
The specific design elements of the xLine model include exclusive 18-inch light-alloy wheels, dark grey body edging, BMW Individual Exterior Line Satin Aluminium and exterior mirror caps in dark grey. The BMW kidney grille is finished in Pearl-effect Chrome, as are the side trim pieces and stylistic underride protection. xLine specification also includes aluminium door sill covers, Sensatec perforated seat surfaces, illuminated interior trim strips in Black high-gloss and Sensatec surfaces for the door shoulders and upper instrument panel.
M Sport model adds a dynamic edge
Large cooling air inlets in the sides of the front bumper and a striking rear apron with diffuser mark out the M Sport model, together with exclusive 19-inch M light-alloy wheels, adaptive M suspension and M High-gloss Shadowline trim. Interior appointments include sport seats, anthracite-coloured headliner and M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.
Large selection of exterior colour shades and 20-inch light-alloy wheels available for the first time
Customers can choose from two solid and eight metallic paint finishes for the new BMW X1, as well as a Frozen paint option with shimmering matt surface from BMW Individual, not to mention a wide variety of BMW Individual special paint finishes.
Sport variants of the new BMW X1 come as standard with 17-inch alloy wheels, with 18-inch light-alloy wheels as standard on xLine cars. M Sport models feature 19-inch light-alloy wheels in a bi-colour finish, although both xLine and M Sport can be optionally specified with wheels up to 20 inches – a first for the BMW X1.
More interior space combined with cutting-edge digital technology
The raised seating position, generous amounts of space, and cutting-edge functionality mark out the new BMW X1. The geometry of the interior and a large number of details take their cues from the interior concept of the BMW iX. Key features include the slender instrument panel, a stage for the BMW Curved Display, and a “floating” armrest with integral controls.
The BMW Curved Display is framed by solid-looking trim pieces which extend out to the doors. Four interior trim variants, including the new open-pore fine eucalyptus wood and Aluminium Hexacube for the M Sport model, allow owners to individualise the design.
In the front section of the centre console is space for two cup holders and an optional illuminated smartphone tray (standard for M Sport models). Secured by a movable clasp, phones can be placed upright and visible to the driver and front passenger, and charged wirelessly.
The new BMW Operating System 8 and innovative digital services
The user experience on board the new BMW X1 is underpinned by the seamless interaction between the BMW Curved Display, voice control, the multifunction buttons on the steering wheel and the BMW Head-Up Display (offered as part of the Technology Plus Pack). At the heart of the new BMW X1 is the standard BMW Curved Display formed by a 10.25-inch information display and a 10.7-inch control display. The screens merge into a single unit behind a continuous glass surface curved towards the driver. The state-of-the-art graphics have been designed with a smartphone-style appearance, making them perfect for intuitive touch control.
Newly developed seats offer even better comfort
The newly developed seats offer optimised comfort over long distances and extended functionality, with their prominent bolsters and adjustability of seat angle and depth. The optional Electric seat adjustment with memory function is available for the front seats as part of the Comfort Pack.
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The rear compartment of the new BMW X1 includes three full-sized seats with increased comfort. ISOFIX anchor points are integrated into the outer seats, and the 40:20:40 split backrests can be folded down to expand boot capacity. The fore-and-aft adjustment of the rear seat bench is optionally available, providing even greater versatility by sliding the read seats up to 13cm allowing boot capacity to expand from 540 litres to 1,600 litres (on combustion-engine models).
A trailer tow hitch is optionally available on all models and is now operated electrically at the touch of a button. The maximum permitted trailer load is as much as 2,000kg, depending on the model variant (BMW iX1: 1,200kg – provisional value).
Premium interior ambience with room for extensive individualisation
The standard Sport leather steering wheel has high-quality accent trim in Pearl-effect Chrome, large thumb rests and multifunction buttons. An M leather steering wheel with three-spoke design and shift paddles is standard on M Sport models.
The surfaces of the instrument panel and front door shoulders come as standard in Sensatec with eye-catching contrast stitching on all xLine and M Sport models. The mirror package adds light projections from the exterior mirrors, an electric folding function for the exterior mirrors and an automatic dimming function for the interior and driver’s side exterior mirror (Standard for M Sport models or available as part of the Technology Pack).
The standard interior lighting incorporates the footwells, door openers, centre console storage compartments, reading lights, ambient light from the headliner and the door courtesy lights. The ambient lighting’s distribution, brightness and colour scheme can be configured in the iDrive menu, while the Dynamic interior light function indicates an incoming phone call or an open door with pulsating light signals.
With a glass surface measuring around one square metre, the optional panoramic glass sunroof floods the interior of the new BMW X1 with light and fresh air. The roller blind cover for the glass roof now has a multi-layer design and is also electrically operated.
The standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus includes the cloud-based navigation system BMW Maps and a six-speaker audio system with a 100 watt amplifier. The optional Harman Kardon Sound System raises the number of speakers to 12 and the amplifier output to 205 watts.
BMW Operating System 8 unlocks additional skills for the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant. Naturally formulated spoken instructions can now be used to adjust the air conditioning, open a window or operate the optional panoramic glass roof. Selected functions of the driver assistance systems in the new BMW X1 can likewise be voice controlled.
The cloud-based BMW Maps navigation system included in the standard BMW Live Cockpit Plus offers enhanced performance and accuracy along with simplified destination entry. In the BMW iX1, as soon as the destination has been entered, a charging-optimised route will be calculated if the vehicle’s current range is not enough to reach the destination.
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Newly-orchestrated Welcome Scenario
The engaging user experience starts before the driver has even reached the vehicle thanks to a newly devised Welcome Scenario. It starts with an orchestrated lighting effect using the exterior and interior lights, with the vehicle automatically unlocking when the driver is about 1.5 metres away (feature standard with M Sport models and available as part of Comfort Access within the Technology pack for Sport and xLine models). As they get into the car, the BMW Curved Display plays a choreographed start-up animation and shows a customised personal greeting as well as useful information. In addition to this, the BMW ID settings are loaded and the smartphone connected.
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