BMW X1 grows for 2023, adds more power
The X1 adopts a more rugged look, even though it’s unlikely to be driven off city streets.
Compared with its predecessor, the crossover is 1.7 inches longer, 0.9 inch wider and 1.7 inches higher. The wheelbase, meanwhile, is extended 0.9 inch.
BMW said track widths have increased 0.8 inch for improved handling and on-road agility.
The X1’s new front features BMW’s large, almost square kidney grille bookended by standard LED headlights with cornering lights.
Active air flap control systems for the kidney grille and lower intake adapters open and close depending on the need for cooling air.
At the rear, the narrow rear window and flared wheel arches emphasize the body’s width. Full LED taillights provide an updated interpretation of the L shape classically sported by BMW X models.
A long roofline flows into a spoiler extending far over the rear glass.
BMW said the new design helps the X1 achieve a “segment-leading” drag coefficient of 0.27.
Airflow is guided by air curtains in the outer sections of the front apron, flush-fitting door handles, aerodynamic exterior mirrors, side air deflectors around the rear window, and a nearly flush underbody.