The redesign is ahead of the smallest BMW crossover. The mini SUV is appearing as the 2022 BMW X1 all-new model. The first spy shots came from its homeland. Recently, test mules were spotted in England. Not all details are known for now, but the redesign is going to make the X1 bold and attractive. Like most new BMWs, the crossover will also feature a huge kidney grille. Another big thing is going to happen under the hood. Or, shall we say in the engine room, since the electric motors will be installed under seats.
The iX1 is another project related to the iNext platform. The industry is becoming electric and BMW follows the trends. An automatic drive goes along, and the carmaker promised Level 4 self-driving system in foreseeable future. Well, the 2022 BMW X1 is going to offer driver-aid accessories that will boost overall safety. Of course, BMW is not unveiling the strongest cards. But, the subcompact crossover is not going to add some stunning features before its bigger siblings do.
What We Know so Far from 2022 BMW X1 Spy Shots?
After some while, the 2022 BMW X1 is finally happening. Fans probably expected to see it as 2021 YM. However, COVID-19 pandemic spoiled plans, not only for BMW, but all other carmakers. Still, the X1 was in advanced stages of development and cancelation was never an option. Now, the test mules are out again, and we can examine what is going on with the smallest crossover in the lineup.
It won’t take too much time to spot similarities between the new X5 and the upcoming X1. Prototypes use similar design solutions. However, the crossover will wear them in a different style. The size should be the same, meaning the capabilities will stay put as well. The carmaker is going to update the interior to provide some more space.
2022 BMW X1 Interior Changes
We couldn’t have a peek inside the cockpit of the all-new 2022 BMW X1. But, according to all other rumors, the crossover will be mini X5, meaning it will copy the solutions of its larger sibling. The carmaker recently introduced an all-new infotainment system. BMW is trying to catch up with Mercedes’ MBUX and Audi’s MMI. The next-gen iDrive multimedia will be better than ever. Physical controls are still going to be there. BMW won’t drop them any time soon. Expect improvements in visual details and graphics layout. Advanced voice commands are becoming available. Also, a reshuffle of the packages will make the X1 more attractive. Currently, the US market offers only one trim level of the smallest crossover. The only upgrades are xDrive AWD and optional packages with extra equipment.
2022 BMW X1 Electric Crossover iX3
The most anticipated model of the 2022 BMW X1 is going to be an all-electric version. BMW is already developing several models based on the iNext concept. It is an interesting platform that will underpin several other crossovers and SUVs. We expect the electrification of the entire lineup in upcoming years. Still, the company will keep engines with internal combustion. In Europe, the X1 is even available with a diesel unit.
The iX1 is going to get power from at least two units. According to TopSpeed, the base version will be out with 180 hp, while the dual-motor configuration boosts the output to 250 hp. The estimated range is 200 miles. BMW is still working on fast chargers.
The look of the iX1 is going to be based on the 2022 BMW X1 and two crossovers will be very similar. Nevertheless, the electric version will have a closed grille. The company is still going to use the kidney design. A lot of blue logos will make the iX1 recognizable. Unique wheels are also expected for the special version.
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Under the bonnet of the conventional unit is going to lay the same powerplant as before. That is a 2.0-liter turbocharged unit with 240 horsepower. The same outputs we get from the X3. An 8-speed automatic transmission sends power to front wheels. An all-wheel drive is optional. It is called 2022 BMW X1 xDrive28. The crossover will need more than 6 seconds to get to 60 mph. The fuel economy is exceptional, reaching 34 mpg on highway. Still, the X1 could be more efficient in urban areas.
The 2022 BMW X1 won’t be out this year, according to multiple sources. The company will keep it until next season. Tuning needs more time, especially with the new architecture underpinning the vehicle. Still, the X1 will be available in dealerships early in 2022. The price will go up a bit. However, this is the premium model, so its cost is a bit high compared to standard subcompact crossover. Spending $36,000 for such a small vehicle is too much. The xDrive 4×4 will increase the price for about $2,000. The MSRP of the iX1 is still a mystery.