UPDATE: New BMW X1 models driven

The new BMW X1 and iX1 SUVs have now made their European debut, and we’ve driven both.

Each model looks promising, delivering a higher grade of technology and quality, along with a stretched wheelbase for more practical passenger comfort.

Could the new X1 models work well as a small family car below the mid-sized X3? It certainly looks to be worth considering.

Get our reviews at the links below, and continue reading for full price and specs.

July, 2022: Full pricing and features detailed, Australian launch confirmed

Snapshot

  • New BMW X1 and iX1 officially revealed
  • Third-gen X1 to launch in Australia in fourth quarter of 2022
  • iX1 to debut in first quarter of 2023

Pricing and features for the 2023 BMW X1 have been revealed, with an Australian launch set for the fourth quarter of this year, priced from $53,900.

Its electric sibling, the iX1, is set to follow in the first quarter of next year, with full pricing and specification for the EV still yet to be detailed.

Initially, the X1 was expected in the third quarter of 2022, with the model’s local arrival set back.

At launch this year, BMW will offer the X1 sDrive18i and xDrive20i, both powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo engines with seven-speed Steptronic transmission and dual clutch as standard.

2023 BMW X1 Australian pricing

All pricing is before on-road costs.

Variant Pricing
sDrive18i $53,900
xDrive20i $65,900

Features

The third-generation X1 now includes BMW’s Operating System 8 and curved display, and a new wireless phone charging cradle features portrait mounting for added convenience.

BMW X1 sDrive18i

New-generation Sensatec upholstery
18-inch alloy wheels
DAB Digital Radio
Reversing camera
Sport leather steering wheel
Wireless Apple CarPlay
Wireless phone charging
xLine styling inc. roof rails
Two-zone automatic climate control (new)
Adaptive LED headlights (new)
Automatic tailgate (new)
BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant (new)
BMW Live Cockpit Professional (new)
Comfort Access (new)
Connected Package Professional (new)
BMW head-up display (new)
Instrument panel in Sensatec (new)
M headliner in anthracite (new)
Mirror package inc. anti-dazzle function (new)
Remote software updates (new)
Driving assistant plus with active cruise control inc. stop and go and blind-spot monitor (new)
Parking assistant plus with surround-view camera, reversing assistant and drive recorder (new)
Sports seats (new)
Wireless Android Auto (new)
Navigation system with augmented reality technology (new)

X1 xDrive20i adds

BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system
19-inch alloy wheels
Driving assistant professional inc. steering and lane control system
Heated seats for driver and front passenger
Electric seat adjustment, front row

Enhancement package

Feature Pricing
Metallic paint $6000 for sDrive18i
Panorama sunroof $4000 for xDrive20i
harmon/kardon Hi-Fi
Sliding rear seats
Driving assistant professional (sDrive18i only)
Electric seat adjustment, front row (sDrive18i only)

M Sport package

Feature Pricing
19-inch M Sport alloy wheels $3000 for xDrive20i only
Adaptive M suspension
M aluminium hexacube dark interior trim
M leather steering wheel
M high gloss shadow line
M high gloss roof rails

Additionally, there are nine paint choices for the X1 range, non-metallic Alpine white free as standard, seven non-metallic colours costing $1800 or free with the Enhancement package, and Individual storm bay costs $2500 or $700 with the aforementioned package added.

The ‘Features on Demand’ service also makes its debut on the new BMW X1, which means some features are now offered via a subscription.

BMW has defended the move to charge by saying the concept aims to offer customers more comfort and flexibility, with features available to be activated at any stage of the ownership cycle.

The first features to be offered via subscription are heated seats for the driver and front passenger in the sDrive18i (standard on the X1 xDrive20i) and a heated steering wheel for both grades.

Features on Demand will be offered via the BMW ConnectedDrive Store in line with the arrival of vehicles in Australia and pricing and other details will be announced closer to launch timing.

Drivetrain, transmission and fuel economy

The 2023 BMW X1 will launch in Australia with two petrol variants

The BMW X1 sDrive18i features a 1.5-litre three-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine producing 115kW and 230Nm, with fuel consumption claimed at 6.5L/100km on the combined cycle.

The engine is mated to a seven-speed Steptronic transmission and double clutch set-up, with power sent exclusively to the front wheels.

The BMW X1 xDrive20i, meanwhile, is powered by a 2.0-litre four-cylinder TwinPower turbo unit that offers 150kW and 300Nm. Fuel consumption is rated at 7.4L/100km.

The X1 xDrive20i also integrates a Steptronic transmission with a dual clutch, while power is deployed to all four wheels via BMW’s intelligent all-wheel-drive xDrive system.

Dimensions

The new X1, at 4500 millimetres in length, is 53mm longer than its predecessor, and its width of 1845mm has increased by 24mm, its height of 1642mm grown by 44mm, and its wheelbase at 2692mm expanded by 22mm.

Cargo capacity for the model is also said to have increased.

Boot space has grown from the 505 litres (with second row seats upright) of the predecessor model, to 540 litres of the new model – and from 1550 litres to 1600 litres with the second row folded down.

Safety

The BMW X1 range is currently unrated by ANCAP, but comes with the following safety tech:

Parking assistant, inc.
Parking assistant plus with surround view cameras
Remote 3D view
Reversing assistant
Drive recorder
Mirror package with anti-dazzle function and auto-dipping function Reversing camera

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June 1: 2023 BMW X1 and fully-electric iX1 revealed

BMW has officially taken the covers off its third-gen X1 and new iX1 small SUVs, a day after the models were leaked online.

Following on from yesterday’s premature leak of information (further below), the new BMW X1 ‘U11’ has been unveiled alongside its all-electric sibling, the iX1 – making its debut as BMW’s small electric SUV.

BMW Australia has confirmed the 1.5-litre, three-cylinder turbo petrol sDrive18i and the 2.0-litre, 48-volt mild-hybrid four-cylinder turbo petrol xDrive23i will join the local line-up from the fourth quarter of 2022.

The announcement of local specification confirms the 2.0-litre, four-cylinder turbo diesel sDrive18d will no longer be a part of the Australian range, with only the two petrol variants on offer for buyers.

After the X1 launches, Australia will score the electric iX1 xDrive30 in the first quarter of 2023, expanding BMW’s local electrified options to 12 models.

In addition to yesterday’s leaked information, the new model range has been confirmed with equipment such as a sport leather steering wheel, intelligent two-zone automatic climate control, a rain sensor with automatic headlight activation, four USB-C ports and two 12V power sockets fitted as standard.

Optional equipment has been expanded to include BMW’s lights package, ambient lighting, panoramic glass sunroof and a Harman Kardon sound system.

Safety systems fitted to the X1 and iX1 include; cruise control with brake function, front-collision warning system and parking assistant (including reversing assist camera and reversing assistant) – while steering and lane control assistant, active cruise control (with stop and go function), active navigation, exit warning function, a head-up display, surround view, remote 3D view and drive recorder are also available.

BMW will announce local pricing and features for both models closer to launch later this year.

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May 31: 2023 BMW X1 and iX1 leaked

The 2023 BMW X1 and iX1 small SUVs have been leaked online ahead of the third-generation model’s official reveal.

Shared on Instagram by leaktveak, images of the new X1 show it will follow BMW’s SUV design language – with an updated grille, front and rear lights to mirror those of its larger siblings.

Just like the facelifted 3 Series, which debuted in the last fortnight, the headlights incorporate a new inverted-L shaped daytime running light design, while the tail-lights can be optioned as full-LED units.

Although no details are available yet as to what will power the X1, its all-electric iX1 counterpart’s drivetain details were included in the leak.

The latest electric vehicle in BMW’s line-up, the iX1 boasts a dual-motor setup which can produce 200kW with 30kW of overboost, sourcing its power from a 64.7kWh battery pack, enabling a driving range of just under 440 kilometres.

An on-board AC charger allows the iX1 to be topped up at 11kW with an optional 22kW package available. For fast charging, its DC rate of 130kW allows the battery to be given an extra 120km of driving range in just 10 minutes, with a 10 to 80 per cent time of 29 minutes.

Inside the cabin of both models, BMW’s 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster is paired with a 10.7-inch infotainment touchscreen, incorporating the latest iDrive 8 operating system.

A wireless charging tray for smartphones is standard, as is BMW’s live Cockpit professional, including augmented view and BMW intelligent personal assistant.

Optional equipment, such as a massage function in the sport seats and a head-up display, will be available from launch – although it’s not known if the latter will be impacted by the ongoing chip shortage faced by the German carmaker.

Boot capacity is up by 35 litres over its predecessor to 540 litres, while the 40/20/40 split rear seat can fold down to allow up to 1600 litres of space – 50 more than the current X1.

BMW is set to officially reveal the new X1 and iX1 in the coming weeks, so be sure to keep your eyes on Wheels for the latest updates.

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