The new generation of BMW’s entry-level crossover is here and it brings a lot of novelties. The new model looks nicer and brings various technical updates, including the new powertrain. Also, we are waiting for the performance-oriented model, called M35i, which is expected to arrive by the end of this year. On the other hand, the base model is already available on the market.
This redesign brings a lot of improvements, even though we most changes are evolutionary. The new model offers improved ride quality, new tech features and completely new styling and interior design. Once again, the main strength is a fantastic combination of great ride quality and solid practicality, which is something you can rarely find in this segment. Also, there is the new powertrain, more capable and more efficient than before. At this point, there is no word about electrification.
2023 BMW X1 Design
As we’ve just mentioned, the 2023 BMW X1 comes completely redesigned. The new generation brings a lot of changes, even though most of them are evolutionary. Once again, it rides on a familiar UKL2 platform, though updated. When it comes to mechanics, the biggest changes are made in terms of the suspension setup, where the new model offers a little bit higher level of comfort, without sacrificing the driving experience. Speaking of the driving experience, it’s important to mention that all models come with all-wheel drive, so you shouldn’t be bothered with the fact that the UKL2 is essentially an FWD-biased platform.
Of course, the new generation brings completely new styling. While the overall shape feels quite similar to the previous model, the front end is completely new. It features a bolder appearance, with sharper lines, a more aggressive bumper and narrower headlights. The grille is bigger than before, though not ridiculously huge like in some other models from the lineup.
Naturally, the cabin has been redesigned as well and the first thing you’ll notice is that it looks more modern than before. Of course, new tech features are one of the reasons, as most controls have been digitalized, while the instrument cluster is also completely digital. Furthermore, we like the new floating center console design, as well as the new toggle gear shifter. The whole cabin is covered with nice materials, while there are also some pretty interesting design elements, such as unique speaker grilles and similar things.
The new generation is slightly longer and wider than its predecessor, so you may expect a little bit more passenger space than before. The front seats are well-shaped and offer excellent support, while the driving position is excellent. The rear seats are also pretty generous with leg and headroom, and accommodated adults with ease.
The new 2023 BMW X1 comes standard with goodies like dual-zone climate control, digital instrument cluster, 10.7-inch infotainment screen, navigation, wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, ambient lighting, power liftgate etc. The list of standard equipment also includes safety features like forward collision mitigation, blind spot warning, rear cross-traffic alert, lane departure warning, lane keep assist, front and rear parking sensors etc.
Also, there is a long list of available features. Most of them come as parts of certain packages, but there are also a couple of standalone options. Among optional packages, you can find goodies like Convenience Package, Premium Package, xLine Package, Shadowline Package, M Sport Package, Driving Assistance Professional Package etc. Among standalone options, you can find goodies like remote engine start, heated front seats and steering wheel, sport seats, trailed hitch etc.
2023 BMW X1 Engine
Another novelty we saw with this redesign is the new engine. It is the new version of a 2.0-liter turbo-four engine, which now puts out around 241 horsepower and a pretty impressive 295 pound-feet of max torque. The engine comes coupled with a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission, while all-wheel drive is part of the standard equipment, as we already mentioned.
The new powertrain is quite capable and the new SUV needs around 6.2 seconds to hit 60 mph with this engine. You may also count on a pretty decent fuel economy, which goes around 25 mpg in the city and 34 mpg on the highway.
Also, they expect to see the M35i by the end of the year. This version will come with an upgraded version of the 2.0-liter turbo-four engine. The exact figures are still unknown but some sources suggest a max output of 302 horsepower and 335 pound-feet of torque.
2023 BMW X1 Release Date and Price
The base 2023 BMW X1 is already available on most markets, while the M35i is expected to arrive by the end of this year. The base model starts at around 39.000 dollars. Of course, models like Mercedes-Benz GLA and GLB, as well as the Audi Q3, will remain key competitors.