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2022 BMW X1 is Ready to Hit the Market

2022 BMW X1 is Ready to Hit the Market

The hugely successful BMW X1 subcompact SUV is due to be revamped for the 2022 model year, taking the lineup into its third generation. As usual with BMW updates, there's a shroud of secrecy covering developments before the scheduled big reveal to the world's auto press. But details have leaked out about what the upgrade will involve, and there have also been sightings of the new design hurtling around BMW's test tracks.

 

What will the 2022 BMW X1 bring to the high-end SUV party? Here's what we know so far.

 

Exterior Redesign

EXTERIOR REDESIGN

The camouflage used on test-track versions of the 2022 BMW X1 makes it difficult to tell exactly what's changed with the exterior, but it's clear that the redesign is fairly major. The profile is chunkier and more powerful to distinguish it a little more from its coupe-like X2 sibling. The wheel arches are wider, the rear end is higher and flatter to give extra cargo space, and the front grille and bumper are set to have a more dominant look.

 

Gas and Diesel Powertrains

GAS AND DIESEL POWERTRAINS

 

It's likely that some of the traditional powertrains will be carried over from the current successful lineup. The entry-level 1.5L gas engine may remain, although there'll also be a 2.0L turbo model offering a more substantial 189 horsepower. However, in an intriguing move, it's hinted that these two gas mills could provide fuel economy ratings as low as 5.9L / 100km on the highway, a great figure for a non-electric vehicle.

 

The two diesel options currently available are likely to remain the same, although sources suggest they may be fitted with a mild hybrid system to reduce emissions and increase fuel economy.

 

As with the current X1 model, it's likely that the 2022 gas and diesel versions will pair an eight-speed automatic transmission with a choice of either front-wheel or all-wheel drive.

 

New Electric Powertrain

NEW ELECTRIC POWERTRAIN

However, the biggest news for the 2022 X1 is the confirmation by BMW that a fully electric model will join the range, probably under the iX1 nameplate. Neither full details nor an estimated launch date are available, but it's likely that the EV will offer similar specs as the powertrain used in the iX3, with an electric horsepower of around 280hp. However, the battery is likely to be slightly smaller to account for the X1's lighter weight, although fast-charging capability is almost certain to be supplied as standard.

 

Interior and Infotainment

INTERIOR AND INFOTAINMENT

 

The X1 has only recently had an interior and infotainment update, and it's likely that the basic format will be unchanged with the initial release of the 2022 model. The current configuration offers an 8.8" touchscreen centered on the dash, offering standard features including Apple CarPlay, Android Auto, Bluetooth, and more.

 

Test Drive the 2022 BMW X1 in Vancouver

TEST DRIVE THE 2022 BMW X1 IN VANCOUVER

 

Be first in line to experience the 2022 BMW X1 by booking a test drive from our Vancouver dealership. Due to arrive in summer 2021, the new X1 seems set to take the current lineup's stellar success to a new level.

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