The BMW’s entry-level crossover has been around for a full five years and if we consider the company’s usually production cycle length, this model still has a lot to offer. According to the latest reports, the next generation will have a premiere sometime in 2021, which clearly indicates that the 2021 BMW X1 will come without more important changes, especially if we consider the recent update. The last-year refresh has brought a couple of interesting novelties, so we have no doubt that this small crossover will remain in the current form until the complete redesign.
This means you may count on a crossover that puts focus primarily on the driving experience. Handling is fantastic while driving dynamics are great too. At the same time, you may count on a pretty high level of refinement, as well as on a nice interior layout. Furthermore, the X1 is quite practical, as it features one of the biggest cabins in the class. Given the lack of changes, we presume that the 2021 BMW X1 will hit the market sometime in the last quarter of the year.
2021 BMW X1 Redesign
In terms of base design characteristics, we definitely won’t see bigger changes for the next year. Simply, the recent refresh has brought some pretty interesting changes, so we doubt that bigger changes will happen before a complete redesign, which has been scheduled for the next year. The 2021 BMW X1 will carry on with the same styling, which has been updated recently. For that occasion, we saw things like a new, bigger grille, new bumper and several more styling tweaks. So, the best we could see for the next year are additions in terms of color options.
On the other side, the mechanical aspect of the vehicle hasn’t changed since the launch of the current generation. It rides on an F48 platform, with an untypical FWD layout compared to most Bavarian models. Of course, most of the parts are shared with the X2 coupe crossover, though you can find a lot of similarities with Mini Countryman as well.
When it comes to the interior design, the 2021 BMW X1 stands pretty good. While some see this cabin as too simplistic and a little bit bland for a premium segment, the fact is that the overall quality is at a high level. All materials are fine to the touch, which fit and finish are at a high level as well.
Besides very good overall quality, this cabin is also very practical and functional. We’ve already mentioned that this is one of the most spacious cabins in the segment. Both rows are generous in terms of leg and headroom, so four adults can accommodate with ease. The cargo area is as impressive. You may count on 27.1 cubic feet behind the second row and 58.7 cubic feet of the overall cargo space. These are some of the highest ratings in the class. A power liftgate is a standard across the whole range.
A couple of additions for the next year are definitely possible but we are pretty sure that most of the things will remain the same in this aspect. Therefore, base models will come with goodies like an 8.8-inch touch-screen infotainment system with Apple CarPlay, navigation, Bluetooth, a USB port, a seven-speaker stereo, HD Radio, automatic climate control etc. Among options, you can find things like a panoramic moonroof, proximity keyless entry, interior ambient lighting, an auto-dimming rearview mirror, a universal garage door opener, satellite radio, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon surround-sound stereo, wireless device charging.
In terms of safety, all models will come standard with goodies like forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, speed limit recognition, and automatic high-beam headlights. Additionally, you can get adaptive cruise control, a head-up display, automatic park assist etc.
2021 BMW X1 Engines
Things under the hood definitely won’t changes. The 2021 BMW X1 will carry on with the same, well-known 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With such numbers, you may count on solid dynamics, which will ensure a convenient ride in all conditions.
Another good thing about this engine is the fuel economy. You may count on about 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg on the highway, which are pretty solid ratings for the class.
2021 BMW X1 Release Date and Price
Considering that there are no bigger changes to come for the next year, the 2021 BMW X1 should hit the market sometime late in the year. Base models should go around 37.000 dollars, while some of the key competitors are models like Mercedes-Benz GLA, Audi Q3, Volvo XC40 etc.