BMW X1 Styling Refreshes and Tech Upgrades for 2014

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The X1 is perhaps one of favorite of the current range of BMWs. Moderately priced with plenty of value and surprisingly handling dynamics (especially with the non-EPS steering on the xDrive models) it’s a great buy even for the enthusiast. However it’s worth noting that it’s successor will be a front wheel drive vehicle that will share a platform with the next generation MINI Countryman. So if you want your X1 to be a true RWD BMW, you might want to get on the ball. This latest update (yes a rare second mild LCI) will be the last and will see it through the end of production in 2015.

Official Release: The BMW X1 is known as a pioneer and global market leader in the premium Sports Activity Vehicle and SUV segment – it is a prime example of sheer driving pleasure, bold design and premium character that is unrivalled in its class. In the spring of 2014, the compact BMW X is raising the standard for this segment even higher with eye-catching exterior accents, a more refined interior ambience and innovative equipment features. The very latest Internet-based services are being added to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features in order to provide those drivers with modern “connectivity lifestyles” with the best mobility services available.

The stylish and bold air intake vents in the front apron underline the sporty and powerful look of the BMW X1. Standard equipment now also includes daytime driving lights. Also new for this model are the attractively styled 17-inch light-alloy wheels with V-spoke design. Sparkling Brown metallic has also been added to the range of exterior paint finishes available for the BMW X1.

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When ordered with the BMW xLine, BMW Sport Line or the M Sport package, the surface of the instrument cluster visor is covered with soft-touch material highlighted by lapfolded seams to add to the premium elegance. The optional interior trims also embellish the interior with a choice of exclusive accents in high-gloss Black, matt Coral Red or pearl-gloss Chrome. The stainless steel sill finisher protecting the bottom tailgate edge is another refinement that distinguishes the BMW X1.

The expanded range of BMW ConnectedDrive services available in the spring of 2014 will enable the BMW X1 to strengthen its pioneering role in terms of intelligent connectivity in its vehicle segment. When ordered with a navigation system and the Connected Drive Services option, a steadily growing range of mobility services are available – owners can subscribe to them at any time, even after the vehicle purchase. The innovative functions can be integrated in the car’s operating system via apps, using the smartphone or the SIM card that is installed in the vehicle. The selected apps will be compatible with the Apple iPhone and with smartphones that run the Android operating system. Among the new services offered for the BMW X1 are Online Entertainment and the ECO PRO Analyser.

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  • BimmerFile_Michael

    Love the X1- This is probably BMWs best SAV to date as it really is just a wagon on PEDs. I’ve never been a huge sport ‘ute fan- did the Rover thing for about 6 months and came back to a wagon but the X1 is a prime example of what can be done- it is not overly high, heavy or aggressive yet it will get the job done for 99.9% of ‘ute wanters/ drivers. These new upgrades just make it more luxurious (for better or worse) without sacrificing any utility or fun.

    • Carscoop FTW

      You know, I have always wondered how/why the tall wagons sell, as I do not understand them. they are neither wagons nor SUVs. But your comment is helping me understand the idea. Most SUVs are bulky/clunky and fuel economy is pitiful. But the utility is great.

      On another note, the picture in the bottom left corner needs to go! It is SUCH a terrible tease! As much as I like the X1, it only makes sense to me as a manual transmission. BMW should at least make it available to order in the US. But, I realize that is a battle we manual transmission lovers are loosing by the minute. Just got word that no manual in the convertible 4ers for now. Terrible.