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BMW reveals the (mildly) facelifted X1

Can the make the oddball X1 more mainstream?

Fancy a game of spot the difference? BMW has released some images and details of the facelifted X1 SAV ahead of its official launch in July.

In all honesty this is less of a facelift, more a refresh. The exterior receives very minor changes including a new front bumper with slightly more aggressive and off-roader-esque cladding and re-profiled headlights. There are also new side mirrors, fresh rear lights and a slightly updated rear bumper.

Those looking to add a little extra aggression and style can choose the new xLine and Sport Line trims that compliment the M Sport and SE trim levels. The xLine trim includes extended bumpers and side skirts, a matt Titanium Silver finish for the grille and air intakes as well as a set of exclusive 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels. Meanwhile, the Sport Line consists of similarly extended bumpers and side skirts, exclusive 18-inch double-spoke light alloys, black chrome tailpipe tips and a grille and front air intakes finished in black high-gloss.

For the powertrain, there are modifications that bring improved economy and emissions. Every rear-wheel drive X1 now emits less than 130g/km of CO2, and there’s the option of a new eight-speed automatic gearbox which works with the Stop/Start technology to bring even more benefits to the economy. Engine options remain as before in the UK – there is the 18d diesel with 140 bhp, the 20d diesel variant with 160 or 182 bhp and the 218 bhp 25d.

We say in the UK because in the US they get the new exclusive option of the BMW X1 xDrive35i. It employs a twin turbo 3.0 litre straight-6 engine that generates 297 bhp and 300lb/ft of torque. It’s a shame we don’t get the option in the UK as we do seem to have a fondness for high powered off-roaders.

Prices start at £24,600 for the RWD X1 sDrive18d and rise to £31,860 for the 4WD X1 xDrive25d.

Images courtesy of BMW

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About Tim Oldland

Contributing Editor - Long time petrolhead, automotive design engineer and journalist. Also Social Media Manager for the ecurie25 Group - Tim has worked in the automotive sector for many years, but has been a fan of anything with 2 or 4... read more