Brand's smallest SUV prepares for renewed competitors
The updated BMW X1 has been spied undergoing testing near the company's headquarters in Munich, Germany.
When the second-generation X1 was unveiled in 2015, it made waves for being the first major globally-available model from the Bavarian brand to use a front-wheel drive platform — the earlier 2 Series Active Tourer is significantly more niche, and the 1 Series sedan is restricted primarily to China.
The facelifted version of the 'F48' X1 should bring the necessary improvements to help it fight the new generation Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, but stops well short of being an era-defining redesign.
The lower section of the front bumper has also been redesigned with plenty of horizontal slats.
Heading to the back, the X1 "life-cycle impulse" will have new graphics for the tail-lights, and an updated design for the lower portion of the rear bumper.