The second-generation BMW X1 was launched in 2015 and since then, it has received constant updates so it still feels new. That said, BMW is working on midlife updates that should be ready next year.
The camouflage covers the usual places on this prototype: headlights, taillights, bumpers, and part of the interior. However, just because a piece is hidden doesn't mean that it will be changed. As seen with the 2-Series Active Tourer, which is related to the X1, that BMW can be stingy with the cosmetic changes. However, there's one difference between the X1 and the Active Tourer, and that's popularity. That's why these spy shots could be just the start with the hexagonal headlights and square grille from the X5 being implemented here at a later stage of testing.
Our spies point out that the interior of the X1 prototype has been covered up. This could mean that the dashboard will be brought in line with the X2: new automatic gear shifter, steering wheel and iDrive. In the engine department, BMW is likely to add gasoline particle filters to all its European models. Manufacturers have been hit by the latest regulation changes, and some are giving up on small diesel engines, but it’s unclear if that's the fate of the X1 as well.
The X1 should continue to be available with a mix of 3 and 4-cylinder turbocharged engines ranging in output from 116bhp to 231bhp in Europe. While the 228bhp 28i model is the only one currently available in the US, BMW will eventually offer a sub-200bhp model.
Depending on the engine, the X1 will be fitted with a 6-speed auto, 8-speed auto or 7-speed DCT. The facelift should also make auto emergency braking and a reversing camera as standard features across the range.