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2022 BMW X1: Outgoing model now front-wheel drive only

BMW has axed the now-previous-generation flagship all-wheel drive X1 xDrive25i, while the new model nears its local launch.

Jack Quick
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BMW Australia has quietly removed the flagship, all-wheel drive version of its outgoing X1 following the launch of its new-generation model which is set to arrive locally before the end of 2022.

A BMW Australia spokesperson confirmed the BMW X1 xDrive25i went out of production in October 2021. This leaves the existing front-wheel drive sDrive18i and sDrive20i trims to soldier on until the new model arrives.

The once-flagship X1 xDrive25i is no longer available to configure on the BMW Australia website, nor is it on the current specification guide for the X1 range.

There are still xDrive25i models available to purchase throughout the BMW dealer network, as per the stock locator tool on the website though.

The BMW X1 xDrive25i was powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine producing 170kW of power and 350Nm of torque. It was mated to an eight-speed torque converter transmission.

It was also the fastest variant of the outgoing X1 range, with it able to do the 0-100km/h sprint in 6.5 seconds.

The F84-generation BMW X1 has been on sale locally since 2015, with it receiving a mid-life update in 2019.

BMW recently revealed two Sport editions of the X1 in sDrive18i and sDrive20i guise, along with a X2 sDrive18i Sport in May 2022.

Pricing for the outgoing 2022 BMW X1 range is as follows:

  • 2022 BMW X1 sDrive18i: $47,900
  • 2022 BMW X1 sDrive18d: $53,900
  • 2022 BMW X1 sDrive18i Sport: $55,990 drive-away
  • 2022 BMW X1 sDrive20i: $56,900
  • 2022 BMW X1 sDrive20i Sport: $67,990 drive-away

All prices exclude on-road costs unless specified otherwise.

As mentioned above, BMW has just revealed a new, third-generation X1 model that will be globally available with petrol, diesel, plug-in hybrid and electric powertrains. Only petrol and electric models have been locked thus far for Australia.

The X1 will arrive in Australia in the fourth quarter of 2022, with the iX1 following in the first quarter of 2023.

The brand’s new entry-level SUV will serve as its new entry-level electric vehicle in new iX1 guise, which indirectly replaces the quirky i3 hatchback.

The new X1 is still based on the front- and all-wheel drive FAAR platform used in the 1 Series, 2 Series Gran Coupe, X2, as well as the Mini Hatch, Countryman and Clubman.

It’s larger in every dimension than the outgoing model which has translated to more interior space, including a larger boot.

The X1 and iX1 are the latest BMWs to receive the brand’s new BMW Operating System 8 and the Curved Display, which features a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch touchscreen infotainment system in one display.

Standard equipment includes wireless Android Auto and Apple CarPlay, dual-zone climate control, interior camera, automatic parking assist, and satellite navigation, which includes charging-optimised routing for the iX1.

BMW will release pricing and local specifications for the new X1 and iX1 closer to launch.

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Jack Quick is an emerging automotive journalist based in Melbourne, Australia. Jack recently graduated from Deakin University and has previously competed in dance nationally. In his spare time, Jack likes to listen to hyperpop and play Forza Horizon.

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