BMW has released details and images of their new facelifted X1 SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle).
Outside, the exterior sees minor changes, starting with a new headlight design that now has rings around the LED daytime running lights if you choose the optional xenon headlamps. There are also new foglamp surrounds, less black plastic around the lower edge of the X1’s body and a more pronounced rear underguard. There are also new alloy wheel designs and new colours.
Those looking to add a little extra aggression can opt for the newly available xLine and Sport Line trims that compliment the M Sport package. The xLine trim includes extended bumpers and sideskirts, a Titanium Silver matt finish for the grille and air intakes, as well as a set of exclusive 18-inch alloys in Y-spoke design. Meanwhile, the Sport Line consists of similarly extended bumpers and side skirts, exclusive 18-inch double-spoke light alloys, black chrome tailpipe tips and a grille and front air intakes finished in black high-gloss.
In terms of engine updates, the 2.0-litre, 4-cylinder, turbocharged petrol engine remains unchanged in its three states of tune for the sDrive18i (110 kW / 200 Nm), sDrive20i (135 kW / 270 Nm) and xDrive28i (180 kW / 350 Nm) models. In European markets a new 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine is available in a number of power outputs, ranging from 85 kW / 260 Nm in the entry-level sDrive16d, right up to 160 kW / 450 Nm in the xDrive25d. Only the BMW X1 sDrive20d and xDrive20d will be offered in South Africa, which will receive a boost in power from 130 kW / 350 Nm to 135 kW / 380 Nm.
All engines are combined as standard with newly developed six-speed manual transmissions. Alternatively, the sDrive20i, xDrive20i and xDrive28i can be had with an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The new BMW X1 goes on sale in South Africa from September 2012.