New 2022 BMW X1 spotted: price, specs and release date

September 21, 2021 by

The new BMW X1 has been spotted testing before this new compact SUV goes on sale in 2022. Read on for everything you need to know so far.

  • New BMX X1 spotted
  • Takes on an aggressive new design
  • Will feature petrol and hybrid power
  • Potential for iX1 electric car
  • All-new interior expected
  • 2022 launch anticipated

A third generation of the BMW X1 looks to be on the horizon, with prototypes of the upcoming SUV spotted testing.

This alternative to the Audi Q2 and Mercedes GLA should launch in 2022 with a range of petrol and hybrid options, with the potential for a new iX1 electric car down the line.

2022 BMW X1 design

Despite the heavy camouflage, you can see the new BMW X1 is going for a much bolder look than before.

Peeking through the front is a super-wide set of ‘kidney’ grilles — though not as tall as those on the 4 Series — flanked by angular LED headlights.

You can spot the typical BMW ‘Hofmeister kink’ down the side of the car too, along with a production-looking set of alloy wheels.

The taillights have been set higher than the outgoing car too, and look to take on a thin design similar to those seen on the BMW X4.

2022 BMW X1 interior and infotainment

It’s expected that the BMW X1 will take on a pretty simplistic interior, with a lot of physical controls replaced with touchscreen icons within the infotainment system.

Expect to see bits of the 1 Series’ interior carried over

Design-wise, it should be pretty similar to the current 1 Series albeit with a raised seating position. BMW’s latest iDrive system will feature as well, along with a digital driver’s display in place of physical dials and gauges.

2022 BMW X1 engines

The new BMW X1 will be built using a revised version of the mechanical underpinnings that are also used in the new 1 Series and X2. As such, the engine options will likely be similar to what’s on offer for those cars. Petrol and diesel versions should make up the core of the range, with a few hybrid options, too.

The current X1 xDrive25e plug-in hybrid combines an electric motor with a petrol engine that produces 220 hp and has an electric driving range of up to 35 miles. These figures may improve for the new model.

An all-electric BMW iX1 is on the cards too, but this prototype isn’t it — and it’s unlikely to come alongside the launch of the new BMW X1.

2022 BMW X1 price and release date

Pricing for the all-new BMW X1 will probably start from £30,000 (in line with the price of the current car), though you can expect to pay a bit extra for the plugin hybrid and/or the option of all-wheel-drive. BMW hasn’t revealed the release date just yet but it could reach showrooms by 2022.

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