2022 BMW X1 Preview: Final Production Year!?

The current generation of the company’s entry-level crossover has been around since 2015, so it’s no wonder that the redesign is around the corner. According to the latest reports, the all-new X1 will arrive sometime in 2022, as a 2023 model. This clearly indicates that the 2022 BMW X1 will represent the final model year of the current generation. This also means that you shouldn’t expect any particular change, even in terms of standard equipment.

Therefore, you may count on a crossover that may seem old, but actually has so many great things to offer. It is still one of the best models in the class to drive, thanks to super engaging handling. At the same time, it is also one of the most practical subcompact luxury crossovers around, with plenty of room for passengers and pretty impressive cargo volume.

All in all, we expect to see it in a typical time of year, sometime in the last quarter of 2021.

2022 BMW X1

2022 BMW X1 Design

Base design characteristics definitely won’t change. You may count on a familiar design, which has been around since 2015, which is based on a familiar UKL platform, which also underprints Mini Countryman, as well as the X1’s sibling, the X2 coupe crossover.

Visually, not many things have changed since the initial launch. Still, that doesn’t mean that the current model does not look good. Moreover, it still offers a pretty appealing appearance, which is among the most attractive in the class, despite the much younger competitors.

Since we are talking about the final production year, no changes are expected. The styling will certainly remain the same, while we don’t expect to see minor updates either, things like new color options etc.


Things should remain pretty much the same in this aspect as well. Simply, the cabin hasn’t received any update so far, so it shouldn’t for the final production year either. Therefore, you may count on a familiar layout, which still looks pretty good, despite the age. It offers a relatively simplistic dashboard design, but the solid build quality and nice materials.

2022 BMW X1 Interior

Typically for BMW models, the driving position is excellent, while the front seats offer decent support. The rear seats are among the most spacious in the class. Adult passengers can accommodate in both rows with ease, while we also like the amount of cargo space.

In numbers, you may count on about 27.1 cubic feet of space behind the rear seats and 58.7 cubic feet behind the front seats. Those are some of the highest ratings in the class of subcompact luxury crossover, comparable with some models from the compact class as well.


In most cases, BMW doesn’t bother too much with final model years, so we don’t expect bigger changes in terms of standard and available equipment either. Therefore, all models should come standard with tech goodies like automatic climate control, push-button start, an 8.8-inch touch screen, Apple CarPlay, satellite radio, a seven-speaker stereo, a USB port, and Bluetooth. All models will also come with a long list of standard safety features, which includes things like a rearview camera, front and rear parking sensors, forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, speed limit recognition, and lane departure warning.

When it comes to options, you can currently get things like navigation, wireless device charging, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon stereo, proximity keyless entry, a panoramic moonroof etc. When it comes to safety and driver-assistance features, you can get things like parallel and perpendicular park assist, a head-up display, adaptive cruise control. Once again, we presume that most of the things are about to remain the same.

2022 BMW X1 Release Date

2022 BMW X1 Engine

Just one engine will be in the offer for the 2022 BMW X1, at least when it comes to the North American market. Of course, we are talking about a well-known 2.0-liter turbo-four, which puts out around 221 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It comes in pair with an 8-speed automatic transmission and delivers a pretty smooth and convenient ride. Acceleration and overall performances are pretty good.

We also like the fact that mpg ratings are great for the class. You may count on about 24 mpg in the city and 33 mpg. Models with AWD layout are slightly thirstier.

In other parts of the world, there are several more powertrain options in offer. As you may presume, European models are also available with diesel engines, as well as with a smaller three-cylinder gasoline unit. On the other side, Chinese models also offer plug-in hybrid powertrain options.

2022 BMW X1 Release Date and Price

We expect to see the 2022 BMW X1 sometime in the last quarter of the year, with the base price of around 35.000 dollars. Of course, key rivals are models like Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3, but there are also models like Volvo XC40, Lexus NX etc.

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