New York motor show also signals sale of the compact SUV in the USA
4 April 2012

The facelifted BMW X1 has been shown at today's New York motor show. The revisions come just two and half years after its entry level SUV was first revealed in production guise.

The strong selling X1 receives a host of subtle exterior styling tweaks in a move that rids it of cheap looking black plastic cladding and attempts to provide it with a more up-market appearance.

Gallery: facelifted BMW X1

Changes include the adoption of a more heavily contoured front bumper with an altered grille featuring silver slats, more pronounced sockets for the round fog lamps and a completely redesigned lower section finished with a silver section that aims to lighten the assembly visually.

The headlamps retain the same familiar shape as those used on the existing X1 but receive new internal graphics, including LED corona ring main beam lights as part of an optional xenon package. Further back, there are reshaped exterior mirror housings carrying side repeater lights and more defined sills underneath the doors.

The rear receives a restyled bumper, which like that up front has been lightened visually by the adoption of more body coloured surfaces and a larger silver scrub plate element.

Inside, the X1 adopts a lightly reworked centre console, high gloss air vents and a new range of optional trim elements.

BMW will use the facelifted X1 to enter the North American market with its junior off-roader. Two models are planned for US sale: a rear-wheel drive X1 xDrive28i running a 245bhp turbocharged 2.0-litre in-line four-cylinder engine and a four-wheel drive X1 xDrive35i with a 306bhp turbocharged 3.0-litre in-line six-cylinder powerplant.

The facelifted X1 is planned to go on sale in the UK in May.

Greg Kable

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3 April 2012

Surprisingly, this has considerably improved the appearance of the X1. It does look like the design team of the original X1 was the same team that did the original X3, with a different team coming in to fix it at facelift time, as the 'improvements' are similar in nature.

3 April 2012

There's hardly any difference!

3 April 2012

Dear God, that front end!

3 April 2012

I just hope they've sorted out the interior. The quality is terrible, like a first generation 1 series before the facelift. Awful!

I can't see many more X1s selling now the new 3er will be available with Xdrive...Give me a 328xi over an X1 anyday!

3 April 2012

The 1-series car is much more in need of a facelift than the X1. Engelbert

3 April 2012

[quote Engelbert]The 1-series car is much more in need of a facelift than the X1. Engelbert[/quote]

I believe it's just undergone major changes about 3 months ago

 

Hydrogen cars just went POP

Myk

3 April 2012

With the advent of the new 1-series, the X1 is no longer the ugliest car BMW produces. That really isn't something BMW should be proud of.

3 April 2012

[quote xxxx]

[quote Engelbert]The 1-series car is much more in need of a facelift than the X1. Engelbert[/quote]

I believe it's just undergone major changes about 3 months ago

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I believe those changes are the source of Engelbert's dislike of the 1-series! Having seen a few in the flesh, it's perfectly understandable.

I've never had that much of a problem with the X1's styling - yes, it isn't pretty but I don't find it horrific (unless it's in M Sport trim, which makes it truly awful). But I do hope they have improved the quality inside. My friend's parents have an X1 23d SE and, for the money that lists at, the interior quality should be much better than it is.

3 April 2012

[quote rbrown89]I've never had that much of a problem with the X1's styling - yes, it isn't pretty but I don't find it horrific (unless it's in M Sport trim, which makes it truly awful).[/quote] Personally I think it looks much better in M-Sport trim than normal spec, especially at the front. In fact I think this restyle has simply made the front end look more like the M-Sport, particularly around the foglights and front bumper. Agree that interior is a bit scratchy-plastic though.

3 April 2012

[quote julianphillips][quote rbrown89]I've never had that much of a problem with the X1's styling - yes, it isn't pretty but I don't find it horrific (unless it's in M Sport trim, which makes it truly awful).[/quote] Personally I think it looks much better in M-Sport trim than normal spec, especially at the front. In fact I think this restyle has simply made the front end look more like the M-Sport, particularly around the foglights and front bumper. Agree that interior is a bit scratchy-plastic though.[/quote] I just can't get on with it in M Sport trim - all the ones round here that are in that trim are also in white, and it just looks like a melting glacier mint. Needs the contrasting cladding for me.

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