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BMW is sending an all-new X1 to dealers this fall. Are the updates worth waiting for? It’s larger, has a new infotainment system, more M options and more cargo capacity. Dealers are getting ready for the new 2023 models to hit the lot and, traditionally, this is the season to get a good deal on a current-year vehicle. So, should you buy a 2022 X1 or wait for the new 2023 BMW X1?

Is the BMW X1 a luxury SUV?

The interior of a 2023 BMW X1 in tan and black.
2023 BMW X1 interior | BMW

The first generation of X1 came out in 2009. BMW positioned it as its entry-level SUV (or SAV, as BMW calls it), meaning it’s the least expensive BMW in its lineup. It’s about $2,000 less than the 2 Series coupe. But that doesn’t mean that it skimps on the luxury touches. The X1 remains true to the brand’s core with a punchy turbo motor, good handling, and a surprisingly large cargo hold, and lots of technology, however, it’s no off-road SUV.

What is the 2023 BMW X1 release date?

2023 BMW x1 in orange
2023 BMW X1 | BMW

BMW Said the U.S. market launch for the X1 will be in the fourth quarter of 2022. Visually, it gets a new front end with a squished-face look of the larger SUVs, like the X6, and flared wheel arches in the rear. The new X1 grows, too, a couple of inches in every direction. BMW says the extra length and width improve its agility, as well as shoulder and elbow room inside. It’s a bit smaller than the X3 and X5.

The 2023 BMW X1 gets a larger interior, higher price

The 2023 BMW X1 in orange driving along a shore.
2023 BMW X1 | BMW

Inside, the new iDrive system is simplified and lets you access it via voice or touch from a new curved screen. The X1 also gets new seats, a larger panoramic roof, and more. Interestingly, the transmission loses a cog, but it’s now a modern dual-clutch automated manual and the engine now makes more power, at 241 horsepower.

An M Sport Package will add adaptive suspension, sport seats, and some leather-trim options. The new model has a slightly higher base MSRP of $38,600. BMW has all the new specs on its site.

The 2022 X1 could be a great value today

Though the x1 will be new in 2023, there’s nothing wrong with the 2022. The 2022 X1 has a starting MSRP of $35,400 and comes in two-wheel drive sDrive28i or an all-wheel drive xDrive28i version for $2,000 more. It has a 228-horsepower twin-turbo four-cylinder and an eight-speed automatic. The current generation earns lots of recommendations, too.

The X1 has an 8.8-inch screen with voice controls and standard Apple CarPlay compatibility, as well as Active Driving Assistant, which includes front collision warnings, lane departure warnings, and more. You can add a $4,350 M Sport package to it that adds roof rails, extra trim, and 18-inch wheels. The M sport suspension is an extra $400. The several option packages allow you to order BMW’s synthetic SensaTec fabric or Dakota Leather, a heads-up display, and maintenance programs.


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