2022 BMW X1: Preview, Pricing, Release Date

Joel Patel
Automotive Editor - January 26, 2021

Model Preview

When the BMW X1 arrived as a fully-redesigned model in 2016, it gave the automaker a much-needed competitor in the subcompact segment. The X1’s small stature, agile handling, and upscale features make it a standout choice. Entering its seventh model year on sale, the 2022 BMW X1 is expected to be a carryover model.

The BMW X1 arrived with a tiny footprint in 2016 and received updated exterior styling in 2020. The current X1 wears an oversized version of BMW’s kidney grille, sharp headlights, and tall fender flares. The rear end features wraparound taillights, a chunky rear bumper, and dual exhaust outlets. As a carryover model, the 2022 X1 will share a lot of the same design as the current model.

On the inside, the 2022 BMW X1 will share the same interior design as the current model. The current X1 has an upscale design with the infotainment screen sitting on top of the dashboard with infotainment and HVAC controls sitting low down on the center console. The whole center console is slightly angled toward the driver for ease of use. Clear gauges in the instrument cluster, a thick steering wheel, and large paddle shifters are sporty elements on the inside.

Standard tech features on the current X1 include an 8.8-inch touchscreen, Apple CarPlay, a seven-speaker audio system, Bluetooth, and a USB port. These features should remain the same for the 2022 X1.


BMW currently offers one powertrain with the X1. Power comes from a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. The engine is paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel drive is optional. This engine is expected to be the only one available for the 2022 model year.

Standard safety features on the current X1 include forward collision warning, automatic emergency braking, front and rear parking sensors, automatic high-beam assist, and lane departure warning. We expect these features to be standard for the 2022 BMW X1.

Pricing & Release Date

BMW hasn’t provided any information on when the 2022 X1 will go on sale. Based on past years, we expect the X1 to go on sale in summer 2021.

Pricing for the 2022 BMW X1 hasn’t been announced yet, either. Without any major changes, pricing should remain close to the current model, which ranges from $36,395 to $38,395 with destination.

This subcompact crossover will compete against the Volvo XC40, Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Cadillac XT4.

Learn more about the current X1 on sale now »

Pictured: 2020 BMW X1

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