It’s no secret that the Bavarian carmaker is preparing the new generation of its entry-level model. The mule has been spotted a couple of times and from what we know so far, the new model will bring a lot of novelties. Of course, it will bring a completely new styling and interior design but what’s more important, it will bring a lot of new possibilities for future powertrain options. According to the latest reports, the 2022 BMW X1 will come in pure gasoline and plug-in hybrid variants, as well as with an all-electric setup.
At this point, it’s still unclear whether BMW will manage to prepare the new generation for North America that soon, or the 2022 BMW X1 will come all-new in Europe only. In any case, the new generation will come to our market soon and we have big expectations from it. It has a hard task to improve the current model’s not-particularly impressive sales numbers.
2022 BMW X1 Redesign
Without any doubt, the upcoming 2022 BMW X1 redesign will bring a lot of novelties. At this point, the test mule still wears a camouflage but we expect that most of the changes will be evolutionary. The outgoing generation was introduced in 2015, so many parts still seem fresh enough. That’s why the overall platform design won’t change drastically, though there’s no doubt we will see a more refined suspension setup and other improvements regarding ride quality.
When it comes to styling, we also expect evolutionary changes only. Despite the cover, we can see that the general approach will be similar to the other SUVs in the lineup. You may count on a bigger grille, more aggressive bumpers and similar things. On the rear end, you can see an even more upright tailgate, which promises an even more functional cabin than before.
The current model has been praised for excellent cabin functionality and is one of the biggest cargo areas in the class. However, the dashboard design seems a little bit simplistic and there’s no doubt that BMW designers will put focus on this aspect of the car. We count on a completely new design, full of new tech features, which should take a lot of inspiration from models like i4 and iX.
On the other hand, the overall cabin design shouldn’t be much different compared to the outgoing model. Of course, we will see even better materials and build quality, but the overall functionality should remain largely the same. As we already mentioned, the cargo area could become even bigger but even if that doesn’t happen, the new X1 will have one of the largest cargo areas in the segment.
2022 BMW X1 Engines
Most likely, the 2022 BMW X1 will carry on with familiar powertrain options, at least when it comes to gasoline and plug-in hybrid variants. Therefore, North American models should come standard with a well-known 2.0-liter turbo-four, which currently puts out around 228 horsepower but which could get a few more after the redesign.
In Europe and other markets of the world, this small crossover is also available with a smaller 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine, as well as with a couple of diesel options.
Finally, the Plug-In hybrid version should remain pretty much the same as in the current model. To remind you, the current model uses a system that combines a three-cylinder engine with an electric motor, for a combined output of 225 horsepower.
We expect both manual and automatic transmission options in the offer.
2022 BMW X1 Could Get All-Electric!?
Besides the current powertrain options, the new 2022 BMW X1 could also come with an all-electric powertrain in the offer. At this point, the officials are still quiet, but our reliable sources suggest this option in the offer as well. Unfortunately, the exact details are still unavailable.
Also, there is a big chance that this version won’t be ready for the initial launch. Instead, it could come with the 2023 model year or later.
Release Date and Price
The new generation of this small crossover will come by the end of this year. From what we know so far, the all-new 2022 BMW X1 will definitely be ready for the European market. U.S. buyers may have to wait for a little bit more. Of course, key competitors will remain the same – Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, Volvo XC40 etc.