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2023 BMW X1 Debuts with Better Design and Technology

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2023 BMW X1 Debuts with Better Design and Technology

The BMW X1 is already a highly-capable subcompact crossover, with excellent handling, an attractive design, and a well-appointed interior. For the 2023 model year, BMW builds on the success of its X1 to deliver a vehicle that is smarter and more fuel-efficient. The bodywork has been tweaked for better aerodynamics, allowing for increased use of aluminum in the suspension components. The 2023 BMW X1 also gets additional standard features and starts at $39,900 including destination charges.

The 2023 BMW X1 Comes with More Standard Technology

The 2023 BMW X1 is a small crossover with more standard technology, more optional gizmos, and a fresh look inside and out. The revised powertrain includes a new turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 245 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque in the Sport Lineartronic all-wheel-drive model (20 hp/100 lb.-ft. more than before). The base front-wheel-drive version gets the same engine with 215 hp/258 lb.-ft., while its six-speed manual transmission has been dropped from the options list entirely.

The new Turbo Lineartronic automatic uses 8 speeds to handle shifts quicker than before up to 60 mph in 6 seconds flat and it can be paired with either rear or all-wheel drive on any trim level except for Sport 4WD models; those are available only with RWD or AWD because they don’t have enough torque to get away from traffic lights like their smaller rivals do when they’re equipped with an eight-speed auto transmission versus a six-speed stick shift equivalent.

Prices Start at $39,250 for the 2023 BMW X1 sDrive28i, Which Has a 248-hp Turbocharged 2.0-liter Inline-four Mated to an Eight-speed Automatic Transmission

The 2023 BMW X1 sDrive28i will start selling at $39,250 for the base model, which has a 248-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission, an all-wheel-drive which is optional. The 2023 X1 xDrive20i will arrive in showrooms later this summer and will start selling at $37,250 for the base model, with two powertrain options: a 180-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline-four or 255 hp from a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline-six paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with paddle shifters and all-wheel drive standard on the xDrive30i model starting from $41,950 (plus destination).

The list of standard features includes the latest iDrive 7 infotainment software with a 10.25-inch touchscreen and wireless Apple CarPlay, two USB ports, dual-zone climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, automatic high beams, keyless entry, and push-button start, digital instrumentation, a panoramic moonroof, adaptive cruise control, and forward-collision warning with automatic emergency braking.

The list of optional features includes adaptive suspension damping, active steering technology, BMW’s new “Walk Away” self-parking system that lets you park your vehicle using your smartphone, lane-keeping assistant, rear cross-traffic alert with side blind zone detection, head-up display with night vision optics for $1,300 extra plus the cost of any packages or convenience items added on top of those items listed above (for example leather seats may cost an additional $1,750).

In addition to these core capabilities available in the BMW X1, the vehicle will offer several new technologies as part of its X1 update program that is expected later next year. Three new exterior colors join the palette: Snapper Rocks Blue Metallic, Misano Blue Metallic, and Storm Bay Metallic. These colors are available on the X1 sDrive28i.

BMW X1 Has an Upgraded Cabin with New Materials that Give it a More Techy Look

2023 BMW X1 Interior

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Inside, the cabin of the vehicle has been upgraded with new materials that give it a more techy look, along with a redesigned dashboard with fewer buttons. New ambient lighting illuminates the center stack and door panels; it can be customized to match any color chosen for your X1’s exterior paint job. The infotainment system has also been freshened up a bit, taking on a cleaner appearance that makes it easier to use than prior iterations of BMW’s iDrive interface.

The X1’s Standard Leather Upholstery Come in Two Colors

And as you’d expect from any modern BMW, the touch-sensitive controls for everything from volume control to navigating through menus are smartly placed around the center console so they’re easy to get at without taking your eyes off the road or distracting other drivers in traffic.

The optional Premium Package bundles leather upholstery, LED lights, and ambient interior lighting, while the Convenience Package adds power front seats and lumbar support on the driver’s side.

The X1’s cabin is designed to be high-tech but also visually appealing, with soft-touch surfaces that don’t look cheap at all. It has a clean layout with simple controls and an elegant instrument cluster that includes a color head-up display (HUD). BMW’s iDrive touchscreen interface is even easier to use than before, thanks to new graphical icons that make it more intuitive than ever before.

In Conclusion

All of the above features come standard on the 2023 BMW X1, so there’s no need to worry about upgrading or adding anything to the base model. We’re excited to see how this new version compares against its competitors when it hits showrooms later this year.

Kevin Afoma Onwuagbanusi is a freelance writer and a graduate of Mechanical Engineering (BEng.) and Masters in Accounting (MSc) with 8+ years of experience writing across several niches, with a remarkable likeness to crypto, and personal finances, automotive, games, and technology.