The current generation of the Bavarian entry-level model has been around for about four years and the latest reports are suggesting that the new generation will probably come as 2022 model years. If we considering that the 2020 model also received an update, it’s not hard to presume that the next year won’t bring any particular change. That will be the last year’s model of the current generation, so we count on familiar design and features. The 2021 BMW X1 shouldn’t feature any particular change, though additions in terms of new standard equipment are always possible. The rest of the crossover is about to remain the same, which means you may count on excellent handling, great driving dynamics and surprisingly high reliability ratings.
Considering that we probably won’t see any notable change, the 2021 BMW X1should arrive in typical time, sometime late in 2020. We don’t expect bigger changes in terms of price either.
2021 BMW X1 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, things will definitely remain the same. The recent update has brought slight styling revisions. There is a new, bigger grille that resembles bigger siblings. Other than that, you can notice a couple of more tweaks, though the overall design is pretty much the same. The same thing goes for interior design. The biggest novelty is that the large 8.8-inch touchscreen is standard now. Other than that, the dashboard looks pretty much the same.
The lack of interior novelties isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Moreover, this crossover has a lot of things to offer when it comes to interior design. First of all, the cabin seems quite spacious and comfortable. Both rows are adult-friendly, so the crossover accommodates five adults with ease. Seats are massive and supportive. Finally, the cargo area offers around 27 cubic feet behind the rear seats and almost 59 cubic feet of overall cargo space. These are pretty good ratings for the class.
When it comes to interior quality, the new model stands pretty good. Although BMW models are usually criticized for less opulence compared to rivals, that’s not the case with the X1. This model offers a well-made dashboard, full of hi-quality materials. Also, the dash looks quite opulent thanks to a lot of tech features. as we already mentioned, a large 8.8-inch touchscreen is now part of the standard equipment. Practically, the only complaint goes to standard synthetic upholstery. Still, that can easily be upgraded with genuine leather seats.
Of course, novelties in terms of standard equipment are always possible, but we don’t expect significant changes in the 2021 BMW X1, as it is expected to be the last model year of the current generation. Therefore, we count on a familiar trim level organization, which includes just two versions in the offer.
Base models now come with a bigger touchscreen, while the list of standard equipment also includes things like 18-inch wheels, foglights, automatic wipers, a power liftgate, simulated leather upholstery, automatic climate control, adjustable front seats, driver memory settings, navigation, a USB port, Apple CarPlay with a one-year subscription etc. Of course, there is a lot of optional packages and standalone options in the offer.
The famous M version is also in the offer. Besides, more standard equipment, it offers various kinds of styling and mechanical upgrades. Of course, there is a completely new body kit, which makes this version look much better. Still, those upgrades under the skin feel much more important. Unfortunately, you won’t get more power, but there are a new suspension setup, tuned transmission and many more upgrades.
2021 BMW X1 Engine
Things under the hood are pretty simple, as this small crossover comes with just one engine in the offer. It is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo-four, which is good for about 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Driving dynamics are great and if you add excellent handling, you can count on pretty amazing driving experience. That’s not all. The transmission works amazing and doesn’t hesitate with downshifts at all. Of course, we are talking about a well-known eight-speed automatic gearbox.
Besides great performances, this engine also features a pretty decent fuel economy. You may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, which are pretty much average numbers for the class.
2021 BMW X1 Release Date and Price
Considering that the 2021 BMW X1 probably won’t feature any bigger change, we expect that the launch date will be scheduled for the last quarter of 2020. Also, the price should remain pretty much the same, which means that base models will probably go around 35.000 dollars.
Competition in the segment is pretty strong. Of course, the biggest rivals are German counterparts, models like Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3. Also, keep in mind models like Volvo XC40, Lexus UX, Range Rover Evoque etc.