We first caught BMW testing its facelifted small "Sports Activity Vehicle" last summer, and now all is revealed. Fresh with the unveiling of the all-new 1 Series entry-level hatchback, the mid-cycle refresh for Munich's entry-level SUV delivers retouched front and rear exterior components that follow BMW's current design language. Modest interior updates complement the changes outside, with an array of new color options rounding out the refresh.
Starting with the outside, it should come as no surprise that the 2020 BMW X1 gets a larger kidney grille. Similar to the new 1 Series, the updated grille now meets in the middle, and it's flanked by redesigned headlights with optional LED units available. Further down, the X1 gets a chiseled chin similar to the larger X5 and X7, ditching the round driving lamps for horizontal units integrated into the corner vents.
At the rear, redesigned L-shaped taillights hold station on the liftgate with the lower fascia virtually unchanged, save for exhaust outlets that are slightly larger. M Sport models get a fresh aero package that includes a diffuser, long with side skirts, wheel arch trim, and extra aggression in the front bumper. Additionally, new Y-spoke wheels in either 18- or 19-inch flavor jazz up the X1, and BMW adds three new colors – Storm Bay metallic, Jucaro Beige, and Misano Blue metallic.
Moving inside the 2020 X1 you'll find familiar accommodations with a couple of notable exceptions. A new electronic gear selector switch literally stands out in the center console. A closer look at the instrument panel and floor mats reveals contrast stitching, while the optional Dakota leather interior includes color matching on the lower dashboard and door handle surfaces. Higher up, a new 8.8-inch touchscreen for the infotainment system is optional. A nifty two-tone X1 welcome projection also lights up when the driver door opens.
Under the hood, you'll find the same powertrain used in the outgoing X1. The 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot creates 228 horsepower (170 kilowatts) that can drive either the front wheels or all four through an eight-speed automatic. It's the only powertrain offered for U.S.-market models, either in sDr28i trim (FWD) or xDr28i (AWD).