The 2023 BMW X1 beefs up its looks, features and engine
The refined lines of the BMW X1 came out. Bold, chunky lines for the all-new, third-generation 2023 BMW X1 are in place. The dimensions increase by a touch, the length and height are extended by 1.7 inches to 177.2 inches and 64.6 inches, respectively, while the width increases by less than an inch to 72.6 inches. The track and wheelbase also stretch less than an inch, with the track now 62.3 inches front and rear, and the wheelbase at 106 inches. The more muscular lines, however, exaggerate these minor measures. The Munich-based automaker’s latest subcompact crossover is designed to do tougher things, starting with a larger square grille between full-LED headlights with redesigned DRLs and cornering lights. Along the flanks the door handles are now flush and at the rear a new bumper trim complements the reworked front end. The designers also decided that the X1 didn’t need to display its tailpipes, tucking them under the body.
The xLine and M Sport packages carry over to the new generation, with the older package mixing satin aluminum accents with glacier silver instead of matte chrome, and available 20-inch wheels, a first for the X1. The color palette has 13 choices, including five new ones: Blue Bay Lagoon, Cape York Green, Space Silver, Utah Orange and BMW Individual Frozen Pure Grey. The remnants are the non-metallic Alpine White and Jet Black, Black Sapphire, Mineral White, Phytonic Blue, Portimao Blue, Storm Bay and San Remo Green.
Inside, front passengers enjoy more head and shoulder room and view a reworked dashboard supporting BMW’s curved display. The gauge cluster measures 10.7 inches; the 10.25-inch infotainment screen. Switching to iDrive 8 activates an optional Augmented View feature for navigation, which is able to place helpful graphics like arrows over a real-time video of the road ahead that points to the correct turn. We have seen such technology before, especially with Mercedes.
Between the front seats, a floating armrest holds a control panel at its leading edge, just in front of a pair of cupholders and an angled wireless charging cradle that keeps the phone screen securely in place. seen. The old shifter gives way to a new rocker, and the new controls include a My Modes button, which can cycle through three interior ambiance settings that change everything from steering feel to vehicle design and colors. ‘display. New seats have been sculpted for increased comfort and the optional panoramic roof screen is now electrically operated.
The 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder now produces 241 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, upgrades of 13 horsepower and 37 pound-feet over the outgoing model thanks to changes that include a new dual injection and a redesigned combustion chamber geometry. Power gets to the axles through a new seven-speed dual-clutch transmission that replaces the eight-speed automatic. The 0-100 km/h time drops from just 6.3 seconds to 6.2, but a wider gear gap and adaptive shift strategies should give better fuel pump performance. Opting for the M Sport package gives the driver better control of gears with paddle shifters behind the steering wheel. A new function integrated into the left paddle automatically invokes the sportiest settings when the paddle is pulled and held for at least one second.
A suspension redesign shaves about 6 pounds and is said to provide more nimble cornering and steering feel, improved straight-line stability, less steering torque and less body movement. The Adaptive M Suspension which comes with a more direct steering rack and lowers the body height by 0.6 inches also joins the options list for the first time on the X1.
The optional Driving Assistant Professional adaptive cruise control system with lane-centering steering assist and stop-and-go functionality gets a feature upgrade, while the optional Park Distance Control can now enter and exit parallel and perpendicular points using the sidewalk as a guide instead of other parked cars. It can also reverse up to 150 feet on its own, reversing the line the X1 advanced. And as part of this camera suite, a Joy Recorder can capture up to 60 seconds of driving footage in high-definition video, while an interior camera can be used to check inside the vehicle via the BMW app. when you are away from the car, or take photos of the occupants.
Pricing for the X1 xDrive28i starts at $39,595, including the $995 destination charge, an increase of $1,200 over the 2022 model. Pricing for the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i has yet to be announced.