The 2023 BMW X1 is in testing and the latest spy photos reveal a much nicer design. As you know, this small crossover SUV is one of the most compact models in its class, and it looks handsome with a new design look.
Even in high camouflage, we’ve noticed a redesign that will give a bolder look than the current model. At first glance, the X1 prototype appears wider, with a more attractive shark nose grill. However, the rest of the design appears to be an evolution of the current model. According to BMW, the upcoming 2023 BMW X1 will run on the new FAAR platform, an updated UKL platform that supports the current X1.
The highly anticipated 2023 BMW X1 will use a new platform featuring BMW‘s latest front-wheel drive architecture, designed for compact cars. This platform is known as FAAR and it is an updated version of the existing UKL platform. It debuted in late 2019 and was first used in a restyled 1 Series hatchback, and later appeared in the 2-Series Gran Coupe.
The biggest change from the current one is that it could include battery electric powertrains. In terms of design, the new BMW X1 is much bolder than the current model. It looks wider, with a more attractive shark nose net.
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2023 BMW X1 Interior
Unfortunately, there is no statement on what to expect inside. There is one spy photo in it, but we don’t know what’s new because of the camouflaged dashboard.
According to some gossip, the manufacturer will add a new virtual cockpit and a much larger infotainment system as standard equipment compared to the current 8.8-inch screen. We can also expect standard USB-C ports, Bluetooth audio streaming/phone connectivity, an Apple CarPlay smartphone, and Android Auto integration. The M Sport package adds even more luxury, such as the sporty front seats, carbon detailing and additional M badges.
As we said at the beginning, the new 2023 BMW X1 will run on the new FAAR platform, an update to the UKL platform that underpins the current X1. Officials say the main change is that there will be an optional battery-electric powertrain. The electric X1 will probably be called the iX1. As far as is known, the manufacturer will present at least 13 models of electric batteries by the end of 2023.
Incidentally, the BMW X1 will also arrive with other powertrain options, including 1.5-liter inline-3 and 2.0-liter in-line 4-liter engines, both of which are turbocharged. Mild hybrid technology will also be offered, as an additional summer hybrid.
2023 BMW X1 Release date
The new 2023 BMW X1 is likely to arrive sometime next year with moderate upgrades. Many believe that it will be available for purchase before the fall. As mentioned, BMW is working on releasing no fewer than 13 battery electric models by the end of 2023, the first of which will be the upcoming iX1.
We doubt that the upcoming 2023 BMW X1 will remain in the range as its predecessor. The current front-wheel drive version will cost about $36,000, while the all-wheel drive will likely cost more than a thousand dollars. For the electrified iX1, the starting price of $50,000 seems acceptable to compete with other models.
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2023 BMW X1 M35i
BMW will refrain from giving front-wheel drive cars the full-fat M treatment, but more M Performance models are on the way. Case in point is that the M135i, M235i Gran Coupe and X2 M35i will soon join the X1 M35i. It will be the first time that Bavaria’s smallest crossover has received the M upgrade, but the six-cylinder will not return.
The larger engine died with the X1 E84 in the powerful xDrive35i spec, although there is a silver lining. The upcoming 2023 BMW X1 M35i version of the restyled compact crossover should have the same power, about 300 hp. Not only that, but it will have more torque because the front-wheel drive M Performance cars average 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). The old six-cylinder X1 had to handle 407 Nm (300 lb-ft).
Ahead of its debut later this year, the 2023 BMW X1 M35i was captured on camera while being tested near the Arctic Circle. We could see the prototype test rider having some fun gliding on the ice. To lure the elephant into the room, the prototype had four exhaust points. Yes, future M Performance vehicles will have a more aggressive setup. If AMG and Audi Sport can do it with their four-cylinder cars, why not BMW?
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2023 BMW X1 M35i Exterior
The three-minute video recording by CarSpyMedia reinforces our belief that the U11 Generation X1 will be significantly larger than its predecessor. According to reports from Germany, it will stretch for 4.6 meters (181.1 in), making it about 16 cm (6.3 in) longer than the previous model. It also means that the upcoming MINI Countryman will grow, as the two will be mechanically twinned. In addition, the Leipzig plant will build both, which is the first time that a BMW Group plant has assembled both BMW and MINI.
Performance should mirror the X2 M35i, which accelerates to 100 km/h in 4.9 seconds. However, the new X1 will be larger than the crossover model, and therefore may be heavier.
All will be revealed later this year when BMW rolls out the third generation of the X1. Another premiere of the U11 is the all-electric variant called the iX1.