This is not the first time we’ve managed to catch a testing prototype of BMW’s smallest available SUV, but this particular model hosts a specific treatment. Plus, we have some additional information regarding the car. In contrast to the mid-size X5 that didn’t get the Life Cycle Impulse, the X1 will undergo the treatment. More precisely, in addition to mid-cycle refresh, the German automaker is also going to introduce the 2020 BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance model.
This particular version of the crossover is going to use a hybrid powertrain. The system isn’t totally new as it is available in China and Europe already. There is the 225xe Active Tourer from the Old Continent and the X1 xDrive 25Le from the most populous country in the world, and both of them are using the powertrain that combines the 1.5-liter turbo three-cylinder engine (B38) with an electric motor that draws power from a 10.7-kWh battery. Together, the system should provide an output of 220 horsepower and 283 pound-feet of torque, which is going to be enough for a 0-100 km/h sprint at around 7.4 seconds. The small SUV will also have an EV model that’s limited to 120 km/h and an electric range of 60 kilometers. When the system uses both the electric motor and the internal combustion engine, the 2020 BMW X1 xDrive 25e iPerformance is going to use 1.8 liters per 100 kilometers.
The facelifted BMW X1 will add one more all-new option under the hood. As we’ve found out, the crossover will get the B48 from the X2 M35i as well. The unit is going to produce 302 horsepower and 332 pound-feet of grunt, while the X1 M35i should also receive a specific M treatment that includes M Sport Suspension, M Sport Differential, and M Sport braking system with blue-painted calipers, as well as a bit sharper steering.
The 2020 BMW X1 will receive a mid-cycle refresh, too. The prototype shows revised lights and bumpers, while we also expect an updated infotainment system with larger display, as well as more angular gearshift design which will most probably be stolen from the X2.
BMW hasn’t said when and where the updated X1 is going to be introduced, but we are betting on the 2019 Geneva Motor Show.