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2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model

2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model

2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model – The third-generation BMW X1 is expected to bend late next year as a 2022 model. The story of the Bavarian compact Sports Activity Vehicle began in 2009 when the E84 model series premiered. At the time, the X1 was powered by the same RWD chassis as the E91 3 Series Touring, given the identical wheelbase.

BMW has been working hard to develop a highly successful compact crossover replacement/SUV and this may be the first time that the pre-production prototype 2022 BMW X1 has caught testing on public roads.

2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model

2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model
2022 BMW X1 Release Date, New Model

The E84 remains the only X1 generation equipped with rear-wheel drive architecture, as the second generation premiering in 2016 was developed on the UKL standing for Lower Class platform. The current F48 model will be replaced late next year when the new X1 generation is set to kick in.

Clearly drenched in heavy camouflage at this point in development, the prototype doesn’t let some slightly controversial design features poke out from below, and the first thing that stands out is the large kidney grille.

Not quite as big as found in its larger siblings, the latest BMW X5 and X7, the new nose does occupy more real estate at the front end compared to its predecessor.

2022 BMW X1 Specs

The future X1 will use the latest FAAR front-driven chassis that already supports the F40 Series 1 and F44 Series 2. As seen from the latest spy photos, the compact SAV is planned to grow significantly in size compared to the F48.

From what we can see so far, the new X1 will receive a rougher style and bolder exterior proportions. The front fascia looks impressive and confident, defined by aggressive headlights and a large, erect kidney, which cleverly demonstrates membership to the X family.

Speaking of predecessors, the transverse engine layout of the F48 X1 will also find its way under the hood of the 2022 X1, with a lower-powered version that comes with front-wheel drive as standard.

A slightly longer front overhang, especially compared to the first, RWD-based, X1 doesn’t necessarily translate into a worse attack angle, though, because ground clearance has been much better.

The vertical bar appears doubled (though, perhaps illusory). The top lid of the radiator grille is also thicker, marking a comeback for the type of kidney once used in the E63/E64 Series 6 of the Bangle era. Furthermore, the front air vents are generously sized.

Wheel arches and silhouettes get a further presence thanks to their assertive rectangular style, which inspires strength and confidence. The next X1 will also receive a new exterior mirror and possibly an integrated doorknob.

The updated UKL2, which will continue to be split between compact BMW and MINI models, new architecture under the upcoming third-generation X1 should have more interior space and more fuel-efficient powertrain, including a mild-hybrid and even a plug-in hybrid version.

No word yet on whether the unsuccessful X2 will get a replacement, but if that happens, expect it to look sportier than it is today, especially since the X1 itself has matured into a wider compact crossover and more like an SUV.

2022 BMW X1 Engine

Engine-wise, the 2022 BMW X1 should feature the usual suspects, meaning an array of diesel and petrol turbocharged engines with three and four cylinders. A fully electric iX1 is also rumored to be on the cards, using the latest version of the electric powertrain found on the MINI Cooper SE.

The side window line sweeps upwards towards the C-pillar, following the path determined by the character lines of the muscular body and back shoulders. Of course, Hofmeister’s kinks will undergo a reinterpretation of the classical form. Developed horizontally and featuring a revised “L” shape, the backlight is mostly positioned in the center of the rear area height.

2022 BMW X1 Interior

2022 BMW X1 Interior
2022 BMW X1 Interior


BMW X1 Hybrid

In addition to ICE and plug-in hybrid options, starting in 2023 BMW will also launch a new electric version of the iX1 based on the upcoming X1 generation. British publication AutoExpress has been digitally awarded iX1 and you can view it here.

As previously reported, the pure-electric X1 could come initially in the FWD configuration, with the xDrive model expected to follow later. Despite the early artist impressions, the iX1 envisioned by Autocar showcases the distinctive style of the BMW i that debuted in the new iX3. While the kidney grille is likely to be more generous, the kidney frame is quite accurate.

Since the new X1 will be larger and comparable to the E83 X3, for example, cabin space will be drastically increased. The future X1 dashboard will be determined by two digital displays for instrument clusters and central controls.

The new infotainment interface will be based on an enhanced version of BMW OS 7.0 and will likely be reserved for the new compact model. As also seen in some recent scoops with BMW 2 Series Active Tourer 2022.

The overall architecture will be simplified as many physical switches and knobs will be lost, as the concept of operation will rely on more intuitive touch and movement controls, as well as natural interactions with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant.

It remains to be seen whether BMW wants to get rid of the stylish electronic gear shifter, but as evidence presented in the case of a future compact MPV, the 2022 X1 is likely to receive only a small toggle-switch selector, similar to a Volkswagen Golf or Porsche 911.

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