BMW Announces Sportier X1 for 2019 & Plug-In Hybrid Twin-Turbo Engines

Bringing the mini-SUV in-line with its aggressive design language.

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BMW has unveiled its new X1 mini-SUV for 2019, introducing an all-new plug-in hybrid model, sportier styling and a range of twin-turbo three and four-cylinder engines.

The family-sized SUV first hit the road in 2015 and since became BMW’s best-selling X model worldwide in 2018. Today, it has updated the X1 with its 2020 design language which adds harsher lines and modernized technology both inside and out the crossover.

On the outside, the X1 sees a larger BMW “Kidney Grille” design, as well as new LED headlights with the German manufacturer’s updated light design. The model comes with LED front bumper lights and larger air intakes as standard, making even the entry-level X1 far sportier. Wider tailpipes now adorn the rear of the X1, with the four-cylinder twin-turbo models seeing a set of twin pipes. All models have been updated with BMW’s L-shaped LED rear light too, once again channeling the company’s new aggressive design approach.

Most notably, BMW will be introducing a plug-in hybrid variant of the X1. The model will use the same system as its range-topping sportscar, the i8. The model will be paired to a twin-turbo system producing 125 BHP which will drive the front wheels, while the 95 BHP electric system powers the rear. Together, the system will provide four-wheel drive and will act as the foundations for 12 new electrified BMW models by the end of 2019.

Deliveries for the new BMW X1 start from mid-July, with prices starting at £28,795 GBP (approx. $36,500 USD). Take a look at the updated model in the gallery above.

In other automotive news, take a closer look at the recently announced BMW 1 Series M performance parts.

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