It’s really only a couple of years since the debut of the BMW X1, but BMW are already giving it a tweak and a titivate in a 2012 facelift designed, it would seem, to make the compact SUV seem a bit more upmarket; more in line with the rest of the BMW range.
Revealed ahead of a debut at the New York Auto Show this month – after which it goes on sale in the US from $31.5k – the latest version of the X1 gets a new front bumper and grill with silver bars, deeper recessed fogs and silver detailing in the lower bumper to give the nose of the X1 more identity and make it a but more urban-warrior trendy.
Other exterior changes include tweaked headlight graphics, new door mirrors, more prominent sills and a similar treatment for the back bumper as the front, with a silver insert (we don’t have shots of the back yet).
Inside BMW have tweaked a little to try and make the cabin of the X1 feel a bit more premium. The centre console gets a a bit of a makeover – although you’d have to be pretty familiar with the current model to spot the changes – and there’s some new optional trim and high gloss air vents.
The US will get introduced to the facelifted X1 (it’s been delayed because the new X3 is so good) with two models on offer, a RWD X1 xDrive28i with 245bhp from its four pot turbo and a 4WD X1 xDrive35i with 306bhp from its six-pot 3.0 litre.
The new BMW X1 facelift is expected to go on sale in the UK in the Summer.
2012 BMW X1 Facelift Photo Gallery
(3 photos – click any thumbnail for full size)