New look, new colors and new transmission are here for the 2020 BMW X1

2020 BMW X1
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New look, new colors and new transmission are here for the 2020 BMW X1. This is the German automakers top-selling global crossover. For BMW’s cheapest crossover, it is also the third best selling in the United States, trailing closely behind the X3 and X5. To keep the momentum going, the X1 gets the mid-cycle refresh for the 2020 model year. 

With a mid-cycle update, the revised X1 gets cosmetic and equipment upgrades. The front-end has new shaped headlights embellishing the hexagonal quad-headlight setup, the grilles are larger, bigger ducts decorate the front lower valance, and a new chrome insert finish the look. The rear also gets the redesigned taillights, with the reverse and turn signals relocated to the bottom of the assemblies. This revision also includes new larger chrome exhaust tips. 

Going with the M Sport package gets the body color-matching front and rear bumpers, side skirts and wheel arch trim. The new color options and wheel designs are the fun part of the revisions. The new color options include Storm Bay Metallic, Jucaro Beige, and Misano Blue Metallic. The classic color Estoril Blue was dropped from the X1’s palletes. 

Most of the changes are aesthetic, however the main mechanical upgrade is the ZF-sourced eight-speed automatic transmission, with gear ratio changes and software revisions giving the X1 smoother shifting and quicker acceleration. Looking at the refreshed interior, the X1’s infotainment system keeps the iDrive6, but gets a larger 8.8-inch screen. The larger screen does get upgraded new satellite-navigation software. The final touch is a new shifter for the adjusted transmission. The X1 still is using the BMW’s latest 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. With the new gear ratios, the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i can do 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The refresh is looking pretty good.  

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