New 2019 BMW X1 facelift adds fresh tech and plug-in hybrid power

The updated BMW X1 has arrived with a new look, and is now available with a plug-in powertrain for the first time

A facelifted version of the BMW X1 has been revealed. Changes to the brand’s entry-level SUV include tweaked looks, fresh technology, and a plug-in hybrid powertrain for the first time. 

The company claims the design has been ‘buffed and polished’ for 2019; there’s a larger kidney grille, new bumper, and redesigned LED lights. In addition, BMW has added two-tone LED puddle lights for the door mirrors, which project an ’X1’ image to the ground below. Three new exterior colours and four new wheel designs complete the exterior updates.

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Inside there’s some new trim, as well as BMW’s latest ConnectedDrive technology. There are three new upholstery options, taking the total number of colour and material combinations to 13. Flagship M Sport models get ‘Micro Hexagon’ fabric with special M piping.

UK specs haven’t been confirmed, but entry-level cars are expected to feature a 8.8-inch infotainment screen as standard, with a 10.25-inch Touch Control Display offered as an option.

BMW’s ConnectedDrive services add ‘convenience-enhancing’ functions including Real Time Traffic Information and a Concierge Service that allows you to book and pay for things on the move. Apple CarPlay and a full-colour Head-up Display should both feature on a lengthy list of extras.

But the big news is the addition of a plug-in hybrid X1 xDrive 25e, which will join the range in 2020. This powertrain will allow the electrified X1 to do 31 miles on electric power alone, with CO2 emissions of 43g/km. All of the other engines, ranging from the basic 18i petrol to the powerful 20d diesel, have been updated to meet EU6d-temp emissions standards.

The entry-level X1 sDrive 18i SE costs £28,795, with the M Sport model commanding a premium of £3,550. You’ll need to step up to the 20i model for xDrive all-wheel drive and an automatic gearbox (from £33,475), while diesels cost from £30,545 (sDrive18d SE). The range tops out at £38,145 for an xDrive20d M Sport.

All models apart from the PHEV are available to order now; the plug-in goes on sale in March, priced from around £35,000.

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