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BMW X1 2019 facelift launching locally in Q4

BMW's X1 small SUV has earned a new look and new features.

BMW has revealed a facelifted version of its X1 small SUV, due to go on sale in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2019. 

Following on from the recent launch of the new-generation 1 Series small car, the updated X1 is packed with subtle styling changes, new tech including a plug-in hybrid variant, and a lightly revised interior.

The grille now resembles other recent BMW arrivals with a newly-joined centre, as well as revised headlights and L-shaped tail-lights that align more closely with the larger X3 and X5 SUVs. The front and rear bumpers have also been updated for a more modern look.

The updated X1's interior features a larger central screen. The updated X1's interior features a larger central screen.

Inside, the new X1 is all about subtle refinements - there’s a larger central multimedia screen in either 8.8- or 10.25-inch sizes, though it still uses the brand’s older iDrive 6 system, rather than the more recent OS 7.0. 

There are also new materials, as well as refreshed interior colour schemes and a colour head-up display will be available optionally. 

It’s not yet known if BMW has upgraded the X1’s active safety credentials, which currently lack features such as full AEB (forward or reverse), blind-spot monitoring, lane departure warning and rear cross traffic alert. 

The brand has also launched the xDrive25e plug-in hybrid variant of the X1, which uses the same 1.5-litre turbocharged three-cylinder engine and electric motor as the Mini Countryman PHEV

The X1's tailights are new and now resemble the larger X3 and X5. The X1's tailights are new and now resemble the larger X3 and X5.

It’s capable of driving around 50km on electric-only power using a 9.7kWh lithium-ion battery pack.

The X1’s drivetrains are otherwise unchanged, with the same sDrive18d, sDrive18d, sDrive20i and xDrive25i models retained.

BMW Australia is yet to comment on the xDrive25e’s local sales prospects, but considering how many other plug-in hybrids BMW offers locally, the X1 PHEV stands a solid chance. 

European X1 buyers are also offered low-end sDrive16d and high-end xDrive25d variants. 

The X1 now offers new colours. The X1 now offers new colours.

BMW Australia has confirmed the facelifted X1 will go on sale locally in the fourth quarter of 2019, with pricing and specs to be announced before then. 

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