BMW has announced (very) minor updates for its compact SUV (SAV, if you must), the X1. From March 2014 onwards, the already-facelifted BMW X1 will get new additions both inside and outside, though perhaps only Bimmer anoraks and existing owners will notice them.
Most noticeable of all is the new grooved front apron undertray – painted silver in both standard line and xLine, gloss black in Sport Line. Redesigned wheels and a new Sparkling Brown paint finish are also thrown in, and daytime driving lights are now standard on all models. The latter doesn’t affect Malaysian cars, as all BMWs here are fitted with Xenon headlamps with DRLs, right down to the base 1 Series.
Inside, all new X1s bar the base standard line models (like our X1 sDrive20i) get an additional soft-touch material lining the top of the instrument cluster visor – perhaps a stop-gap solution to complaints of the entry-level SUV’s all-around hard plastics. Also new are the stainless steel protector strips on the tailgate edge.
On the entertainment front, the BMW iDrive system (if specified) is upgraded with the latest suite of BMW ConnectedDrive services that are already available on newer BMW models. The recently-launched, xLine-equipped X1 xDrive20d model we have here should be getting this update soon. The iDrive-less X1 sDrive20i, perhaps not.