BMW Just Unveiled Its 2020 X1

Making cars in 2020 is a little bit like Goldilocks when you’re one of the German Big Three. Nothing can be too hot or too cold, so you end up with 32 flavors of car.

That’s actually an understatement if you can believe it, Mercedes and BMW each offer 14 distinct model lines with a bevy of trim levels under each.

Making cars in 2020 is a little bit like Goldilocks when you’re one of the German Big Three. Nothing can be too hot or too cold, so you end up with 32 flavors of car.

That’s actually an understatement if you can believe it, Mercedes and BMW each offer 14 distinct model lines with a bevy of trim levels under each.

The X1 is the inevitable product of this niche obsession, but it’s not the most awkward stepchild of the BMW line. As a compact crossover, the X1 is becoming part of the “new normal.”

It offers car buyers who need a little more provenance than a Toyota C-HR or Subaru Crosstrek an upmarket solution. For 2020, it gets a tidy facelift, new features and alternative power.

Smiles for Miles

In keeping with the design language BMW has used across it’s X brand, the smallish crossover gets a bold and broad new kidney grill design.

The taller grille is not so overwhelming as in the larger X5 and X7 SUVs, and is complimented by a redesigned set of LED headlamps and more defined front fascia with chrome trim and new integrated driving lamps nestled into the front airdam.

The plastic surgery continues out back, where new L-shaped taillights differentiate your new X1 from older models. There are slightly larger exhaust outlets and a revised aero package for the M Sport trim package, which includes side skirts, wheel arch trim and some modest ground effects back on the car’s chin.

For 2020 you’re able to specify your X1 in three new hues, Storm Bay metallic, which is like a fancy grey, Misano Blue metallic and Jucaro Beige. So they haven’t exactly gone bonkers with the MOPAR Plum Crazy Purple paint gun. Wheel selection for the X1 expands to include a new Y-spoke design available in 18 or 19 inch sizes.

On the inside, a larger display helps you keep up with the Jones’s and there’s a now a rich Dakota leather interior that comes matched to dash and door handle trim. Perhaps the most meaningful if not the most exciting change is an updated version of the time-tested ZF eight speed automatic transmission that now ships with the X1.

X1 Goes Earthy

BMW has been no slowpoke when it comes to getting on board the transition to hybrid and electric cars. The Bavarian company plans to offer electric or hybrid options across the model range in the near future and for the X1, that future is 2020.

The X1 xDrive 25Le will hit the world market next year, adding a hybrid to the diesel option that has been available since the crossover’s introduction in international markets.

BMW claims that with electrification, the X1’s hybrid system achieves 141.2 mpg, which is more than you could ever hope to achieve with an oil-burner or traditional gasoline engine, even with the latest and greatest technologies.

An all-electric mode allows the X1 about 30 miles of range on battery alone, which might be helpful for jaunts around town and will be required to make the care salable in parts of Europe where such a mode is required.

It’s not clear yet whether we’ll see the hybrid 25Le come to the US, however with the X1 confidently earning the top selling spot in BMW’s SUV (SAV, XUV, what is this thing?) line, it would be no surprise to see some variant of this powertrain arrive on US shores within a few years time.