BMW is building the unique crossover SUVs which are an amalgamation of the versatile and high-tech interior, performance and agile ride and premium materials. The brand’s entry-level crossover, the subcompact X1 is all mentioned above but it is also easy to maneuver and park thanks to its small footprint. The model serves also as the base for the rakish X2 model.
BMW refreshed its smallest crossover for the 2020 model year and there were upgrades in all aspects. The model received updated styling elements front and rear. BMW added also new wheel and body color options. The interior comes with larger standard center display since the recent update and BMW reprogramed the 8-speed automatic transmission for smoother and faster shifting as well.
Coming after the mid-cycle update, the 2021 BMW X1 will stay uncaged and there won’t be major upgrades until the next redesign. There will be just a few changes in the equipment organization of the 2021 X1 and possibly new color options. The all-new version is expected in 2021 as the 2020 model replacing the current second-generation X1 introduced for 2016.
2021 BMW X1: Design
BMW refreshed the styling fo the 2020 X1 with several notable updates and the 2021 BMW X1 will stay the same visually.
The subcompact X1 is designed around the UKL platform like its derivative X2 model and BMW 1 and 2 Series. The X1 is the brand’s familiar styling form with the prominent kidney grille and familiar headlights. The model has also sport body lines and rear section.
BMW updated the styling of the model with the new larger kidney grille version for the recent mid-cycle refresh and it is now in line with the style of the X5 and X7 models. The new grille is larger and there is no split style like before rather the pieces connected with the chrome trim. The recent update brought also more sculpted front bumper and new 18- and 19-inch wheels.
The rear side of the model is also modern and X1 has sculpted tailgate with nice taillights and sport bumper. The taillights get attention with attractive L-shaped running lights and BMW also enlarged the exhaust outlets for the recent refresh.
The 2021 version will continue to get dividends from the 2020 update and just new color options and wheel design could appear for the new model year.
The premium and versatile cabin of the X1 will continue to benefit from the last year update and there won’t also be significant changes until the arrival of the new-generation version.
The X1 provides easy access and has comfortable front and rear seats. There are also clever storage compartments inside the cabin and up to 58.7 cubic feet for the cargo. With the rear seats up, the cargo capacity is 21.7 cubes.
The X1 comes also a well-equipped from the base version. The standard equipment will include synthetic leather upholstery, a power liftgate, power-adjustable front seats, automatic climate control, etc. The strand technology package will cover an 8.8-inch infotainment display, navigation, Apple car Play, seven speakers, etc. There will also be standard safety equipment including automatic emergency braking, pedestrian detection, lane departure warning, automatic high beams.
For extra money, buyers will be able to add a panoramic sunroof, ambient lighting, premium leather upholstery, wireless charging and more. The M sport package will add sports features like the unique wheels and tires, sport suspension, sport steerage wheels and seats, premium trim pieces, etc.
2021 BMW X1: Performance
The 2021 BMW X1 will continue to rely on the 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine. The unit delivers 228 hp and torque of 258 pound-feet which combined with all-wheel drive will lead the model until 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The model will also be available with the front-wheel drive which will do the same job in 6.6 seconds.
The turbo-four unit will be combined with the 8-speed automatic transmission which BMW reprogramed for a better performance recently.
The subcompact BMW crossover will provide up to 26 mpg combined fuel economy with the front-wheel drive. With the power on all wheels, the combined rating will fall to 26 mpg.
2021 BMW X1: Release, Price
The 2021 BMW X1 will hit the market late in 2020. Buyers will need around $36, 000 of the base model and about $2, 000 more for the all-wheel drive version.