BMW X1 gets mid-cycle update for 2020

The X1 goes in for its kidney grille enlargement.

BMW is giving the second-generation X1 a mid-cycle update that brings design tweaks on both ends plus interior updates. The nip-and-tucked crossover will go on sale across America in time for the 2020 model year.

We wouldn't call the visual updates major, but at least they're not limited to new wheel designs and additional paint colors. The X1 gets a bigger grille, like other recent additions to the BMW family such as the third-generation 1 Series, and stylists redesigned the headlights as well as the front bumper. Out back, the changes are largely limited to new-look lights and a new bumper.

The interior will look familiar to anyone who has sat in the current X1. BMW noted it installed an electronic gear selector, and it now makes an 8.8-inch touch screen available as an upgrade over the standard, 6.5-inch unit. Apple CarPlay compatibility is available, but Android users are still out of luck.

There are no major mechanical changes to report. Power for the entry-level X1 -- called sDr28i in BMW-speak -- comes from a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that makes 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It spins the front wheels through an eight-speed automatic transmission. The xDr28i model uses the exact same engine and transmission combination, but it benefits from BMW's xDrive all-wheel drive system.

The 2020 BMW X1 will go on sale in the coming months. Pricing information will be released in the weeks leading up to its on-sale date.

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