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Updated BMW X1 SUV gets the big grille treatment

New interiors also part of update package but plug-in hybrid still to come.

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BMW has revamped its X1 SUV, based around an updated exterior look and more interior design choices.

The X1’s first major revision since the firm’s entry-level SUV was introduced in 2015 is dominated by the major exterior change, the significantly larger and more dominant ‘kidney’ grille. A redesigned bumper and new LED headlights are also fitted while at the back of the car, larger exhaust pipes are introduced with redesigned rear lights.

For the first time the X1 is available with puddle lights — projecting an X1 logo onto the ground from the driver-side mirror when the car is unlocked. these are now options on SE and Sport models and standard equipment for xLine and M Sport variants.

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Inside the car, new upholstery options have been introduced to the range. Anthracite with grey contrast stitching (or orange optionally) is now available on Sport models, while M Sport variants gain a new black leather trim as standard.

The powertrain line-up offers the same choice of petrol and diesel engines as previously, though BMW has confirmed a plug-in hybrid variant will be joining the X1 range in March 2020. The xDrive25e is claimed to be capable of more than 31 miles on electric power alone on a single charge.

Dealers are now taking orders for updated BMW X1 models at prices starting from £28,795. Customer deliveries are expected to begin in July.

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Andrew Charman
Andrew Charman
Andrew is a road test editor for The Car Expert. He is a member of the Guild of Motoring Writers, and has been testing and writing about new cars for more than 20 years. Today he is well known to senior personnel at the major car manufacturers and attends many new model launches each year.