2021 BMW X1 Release Date, Redesign, Colors, and Price

2021 BMW X1 Release Date, Redesign, Colors, and Price. BMW is testing the refreshed X1 crossover which should be ready for the next year launch. The updated X1 was expected as the 2019 model according to the previous reports but the mid-cycle refresh will coincide with the 2021 BMW X1 version.

2021 BMW X1 Specs

The new model will bring the small changes on the front and rear side as it is the case with the most mid-updates while changes inside the cabin should be even subtler. The front-wheel-drive-based small crossovers should also return the same-number-of-cylinders engine options with the possible plug-in hybrid introduction. More details will emerge closer to the launch date.

The Bavarian carmaker competes in the subcompact segment for some time. This crossover is current in the second generation, which has been around for about three years. Judging on the spy shots, it is pretty clear that the 2021 BMW X1 is about to receive a mid-cycle update. For this occasion, the company will introduce a fine portion of novelties. Typically for these updates, we will see numerous visual upgrades.

2021 BMW X1 Images

It looks like the company prepares some changes on the inside and, more importantly, some chassis tweaks. The 2021 BMW X1 is about to come significantly updated, with novelties that will help in competing in the segment of subcompact crossovers. As we already mentioned, the testing model has been spotted, which indicates that the new model should come pretty soon. That will probably happen in the third quarter of the year, sometimes at the end of the summer.

2021 BMW X1 Concept


The engine range of the new 2021 BMW X1 will again consist of the 3- and 4-cylinder options depending on the market. No details about the performance yet but the power range should vary between 116 and 230 hp.

2021 BMW X1 Specs

The version in the US will again get the turbo-4 unit with the 8-speed automatic transmission and standard two-wheel drive. The power on all four wheels will also be available but some sources suggest a new sub-200 hp engine option.

BMW might also offer the plug-in hybrid version. The X1 version in China has the setup with the 1.5-liter inline-3 turbo engine and the electric motor at the rear axle. The 10.7-kWh battery pack provides the range around 37 miles in this version. Some sort of this setup should also find the way to the new markets with the arrival of the next version or later.

The current model comes with only one engine in the offer. It is a familiar 2.0-liter turbo inline-four, which is good for about 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque, which is definitely enough power for quick acceleration and good overall performances. Fuel economy is pretty average in this case.

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You can count on about 23 mpg on the highway and 32 mpg on the highway. That could be a reason to see a new powertrain option in the offer. Some reports suggest that a new 1.5-liter unit could come to North America. This unit delivers a similar amount of power. It is good for about 230 horses, but it features better overall efficiency, which in practice mean higher mpg ratings. Both engines come with a familiar 8-speed automatic transmission.


The new 2021 BMW X1 will bring some visual refreshments and there won’t be radical changes. The prototype version has the swirly camo on the sections of the front and rear sides while the profile remains undisguised.

Obviously, the usual mid-update changes will appear with the new version. The model will gain the new headlights and taillights but both seem to have the similar shape while changes the internal pattern.

The kidney grille version also changes in line with the most recent high-riding models in the range and the front bumper is also the part of the refresh. The rear bumper will also get a slightly restyled form but overall BMW’s first crossover in the range won’t change the styling radically.


The 2021 BMW X1 will continue with a familiar layout as the company’s entry-level crossover. Interestingly, it is one of the rare models that feature an FWD layout. That’s because it rides on a platform that is practically borrowed from Mini. In normal circumstances, that probably wouldn’t be a big issue, but the fact is that this crossover doesn’t deliver something that would normally be expected from a premium crossover. Many reports suggest tweaks to the chassis, mainly in terms of a reworked suspension, that would probably improve the overall driving experience.


Of course, the most important aspect of this update would be a visual improvement. The 2021 BMW X1 will come with a fine amount of aesthetical novelties. The testing model has been spotted and covered areas indicate a lot of interesting changes. Of course, most of them will come in front. Areas like front bumper and fascia have been covered and we can only presume that the new model will come up with something inspired by a recently redesigned X5 mid-size crossover.

Changes will come on the other end. The 2021 BMW X1 should come with subtle changes in areas such as taillights, rear bumper, tailgate, exhaust pipes etc. From the side, we count on a new set of wheels and maybe some subtle changes such as new side skirts. Of course, count on a couple of new color options.

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As for the interior design and available equipment, the revised X1 will also come in the line with recently revised models from the brand.

The model should get the new steering wheel, gear shifter and iDrive system. A bit larger center display should appear and BMW might also add the new digital instrument cluster. Expect also the rearview camera and automatic emergency braking to become the standard equipment.

The interior of the 2021 BMW X1 is also about to come with changes. According to the latest reports, we will see some tweaks to the dashboard, more than it was initially expected. You probably already know that this update is about to bring a new touchscreen, but it looks like we are also about to see a new digital instrument cluster, which was presented recently in the new 3 Series.

Other than that, we could see some new color schemes and similar tweaks. The base layout will remain practically the same. In practice, this means not just a good looking, but also a quite functional cabin. This crossover features some of the biggest cargo areas in the class. You can count on 27 cubic feet behind seats, while the overall cargo capacity goes up to almost 59 cubic feet. Both rows offer a lot of leg and headroom. Front seats are particularly comfortable and supportive.

When it comes to the standard equipment, we expect a couple of additions in the new model. A new touchscreen, some reports suggest a Wi-Fi hotspot and satellite radio as new standard features.


The new 2021 BMW X1 will debut in the first part of 2019 with the on-sale date next fall. A slight bump in the price range is expected. The base version will again stay close to $34, 000.

Given the mid-cycle update, the 2021 BMW X1 should arrive earlier than usual. Latest reports suggest it will hit the market sometime in the third quarter of the year. When it comes to the price, we don’t expect bigger changes. Base models should go around 35.000 dollars. Competition in the segment is pretty tough. The biggest rivals are, naturally Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3, but there are also models like Volvo XC40, Cadillac XT4, Infiniti QX30, and others.