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2021 BMW X1 Specs, Features, Redesign


Jan 7, 2020
2021 BMW X1

It looks like the current generation of this subcompact crossover will carry on for another year before we see a complete overhaul. According to the latest reports, the next generation of the company’s entry-level model will come in the second half of next year, as the 2022 model. This clearly indicates that the 2021 BMW X1 will represent the last model year of the current generation, which has been around since 2015. Therefore, it’s not hard to presume that the Bavarian carmaker won’t bother too much with this model and that we won’t see any notable update.

The 2021 BMW X1 will continue with the familiar design. This means you may count on good driving dynamics and excellent handling. This model is also surprisingly practical, as it features one of the biggest cargo areas in the class. Also, this model offers a quite decent amount of standard equipment, while the predicted reliability rating is on a surprisingly high level.

2021 BMW X1

2021 BMW X1 Design

In terms of base design characteristics, the 2021 BMW X1 will definitely continue in the same way. The current generation has been around since 2015 and it rides on the familiar F48 platform. With the FWD layout, it is a little bit untypical BMW crossover, but the overall driving experience is actually pretty good.

In terms of the styling, the recent update has brought a couple of novelties. There is a new grille design, which seems more massive and resembles the design of newer BMW models, particularly X5 and X7 crossovers. Still, the overall shape is still pretty much the same as on the initial model, which means you may count on pretty familiar proportions. When it comes to mechanics, things haven’t been changed for all these years, so there is a recognizable ride quality, which is all about precise steering and sporty performances.


The same thing goes for interior design. The cabin looks pretty nice, despite it hasn’t changed too much during these five years. You can notice a familiar layout, while the dashboard is typical for BMW models. It looks good, though there are several rivals that look better. Speaking of the rivals, Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA come to mind first. The area where X1 really stands out is the interior space. If you look at dimensions, this model is actually much closer to a compact crossover, so it’s no wonder that there is about 27 cubic feet behind the second row, while the overall cargo space goes up to 58 cubic feet. Also, both rows are very generous in terms of legroom.

2021 BMW X1 Interior

When it comes to standard equipment, the recent update has brought a couple of novelties. For example, an 8.8-inch touchscreen is standard across the whole range of models. The list of standard equipment also includes things like Apple CarPlay, navigation, HD radio, 7-speaker audio system etc.

2021 BMW X1 Engine

Things under the hood will also remain the same. You may count on the same 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which is good for about 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. The engine comes in pair with excellent 8-speed automatic transmission and the overall performances are actually pretty amazing. This crossover delivers a great driving experience for drivers who prefer sportier ride. Also, fuel economy is typical for the class, as you may count on about 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

Outside North America, this crossover comes with several more engine options in the offer. One of the first units that come to mind is a 2.0-liter turbodiesel, which also delivers 228 horsepower and but significantly more torque (332lb-ft).  Also, there are smaller and more efficient three-cylinder options, both in gasoline and diesel versions. A plug-in hybrid is also available in certain markets.

2021 BMW X1 Release Date

2021 BMW X1 Release Date and Price

We expect that the BMW X1 release will be scheduled for a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2020. The price should also remain pretty much the same, which means base models should go around 35.000 dollars.

BMW X1 Redesign

As we already mentioned, the 2021 BMW X1 will be the last model year of the current generation. The six-year production cycle will end soon and the next generation will bring a lot of novelties. One of the things we know is that the new model will be base on the new Series 1 model, which means it will keep the FWD layout. Of course, AWD models will be in the offer as well. Also, we count on a completely new styling, which will be adapted to the company’s latest design language, which includes a bigger and bolder grille, more aggressive bumpers and similar styling solutions.

Naturally, the new X1 will come with loads of new tech goodies, while new powertrain options are another thing we expect to see. Besides the new gasoline engine, we also count on some form of electrification as well.

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