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2023 BMW X1 spied inside and out

The next BMW X1 will have a new platform, more technology, a more modern interior, and the option of plug-in hybrid and electric variants.

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William Stopford
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BMW’s redesigned entry-level SUV will feature a similar wraparound screen array as the new i4 and iX.

The 2023 BMW X1 has been spied testing, with our photographers getting a look at the interior.

Inside, there’s a digital instrument cluster and touchscreen in the same assembly, with the latter angled towards the driver.

BMW is rolling out this design feature across its range, though the X1’s dual screens look to be smaller than those in the i4 and iX.

The upcoming electric models will use a 12.3-inch digital instrument cluster and a 14.9-inch touchscreen infotainment system.

The grille on all X1 models is in a more traditional BMW style.

While the double kidneys will be linked, it’ll eschew the plunging look of the new 4 Series.

All models look set to receive the flush door handles seen on the likes of the i4 and iX.

Down back, the tail lights have an LED signature similar to that of the 2022 X3 and X4.

The X1 is set to receive its first all-electric version – excluding the defunct, China-only Zinoro 1E – that will wear the iX1 nameplate, giving BMW a rival for the Mercedes-Benz EQA.

Expect visual changes to be limited to restyled bumpers, a unique grille, and available blue accents.

As part of BMW’s Power of Choice strategy, the X1 family will also offer internal-combustion petrol and diesel engines and a plug-in hybrid.

It rides on underpinnings BMW is calling FAAR, replacing the current car’s UKL2 architecture shared with the likes of the Mini Countryman and BMW 1 Series and 2 Series Gran Coupe.

Along with support for electrified and pure-electric power, the new platform should allow BMW to move the X1 into a new era in interior design.

The current model, despite a recent mid-life refresh, doesn’t have the latest BMW OS infotainment system or digital instruments.

It also misses out on systems such as lane-keep assist and blind-spot monitoring, which are now becoming common on rivals.

Despite this, it’s still a strong seller for BMW locally.

To the end of July 2021, the X1 is outselling the newer Mercedes-Benz GLA with 2174 sales against 1992 for the Benz.

Both are being outsold by the Volvo XC40 (2767), whose range has grown to include plug-in hybrid and all-electric models, and the hot-selling Audi Q3 (3462).

MORE: Everything BMW X1

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William Stopford
William Stopford

William Stopford is an automotive journalist based in Brisbane, Australia. William is a Business/Journalism graduate from the Queensland University of Technology who loves to travel (remember that?), briefly lived in the US, and has a particular interest in the American car industry.

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