It's been over five years since BMW first introduced the X1 at the 2008 Paris Motor Show, and a bit over a year since it brought the compact crossover to these shores. Soon the Bavarian automaker will replace the X1 with a new model based on the company's new front-drive architecture, but not before it gives it a few updates to keep it fresh.

Set to be unveiled at the Detroit Auto Show next month alongside the Z4 Pure Fusion Design and the new M3 sedan and M4 coupe, the enhanced X1 benefits from some new exterior accents, a spruced-up interior and new technology packed inside.

New air intakes in the bumper and integrated daytime driving lights distinguish the front end, with new wheel and color options available. Inside, certain versions get a new dashboard treatment, among other minor trim updates, and BMW has installed its latest ConnectedDrive suite to keep it up with the times. Scroll down for the full details.
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New accents for the BMW X1.

Munich. The BMW X1 is known as a pioneer and global market leader in the premium Sports Activity Vehicle and SUV segment – it is a prime example of sheer driving pleasure, bold design and premium character that is unrivalled in its class. In the spring of 2014, the compact BMW X is raising the standard for this segment even higher with eye-catching exterior accents, a more refined interior ambience and innovative equipment features. The very latest Internet-based services are being added to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features in order to provide those drivers with modern "connectivity lifestyles" with the best mobility services available.

The stylish and bold air intake vents in the front apron underline the sporty and powerful look of the BMW X1. Standard equipment now also includes daytime driving lights. Also new for this model are the attractively styled 17-inch light-alloy wheels with V-spoke design. Sparkling Brown metallic has also been added to the range of exterior paint finishes available for the BMW X1.

When ordered with the BMW xLine, BMW Sport Line or the M Sport package, the surface of the instrument cluster visor is covered with soft-touch material highlighted by lapfolded seams to add to the premium elegance. The optional interior trims also embellish the interior with a choice of exclusive accents in high-gloss Black, matt Coral Red or pearl-gloss Chrome. The stainless steel sill finisher protecting the bottom tailgate edge is another refinement that distinguishes the BMW X1.

The expanded range of BMW ConnectedDrive services available in the spring of 2014 will enable the BMW X1 to strengthen its pioneering role in terms of intelligent connectivity in its vehicle segment. When ordered with a navigation system and the Connected Drive Services option, a steadily growing range of mobility services are available – owners can subscribe to them at any time, even after the vehicle purchase. The innovative functions can be integrated in the car's operating system via apps, using the smartphone or the SIM card that is installed in the vehicle. The selected apps will be compatible with the Apple iPhone and with smartphones that run the Android operating system. Among the new services offered for the BMW X1 are Online Entertainment and the ECO PRO Analyser.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      Kudos for offering a RWD option on a wagon/ute. Love that. BUT, don't bother with the new tin-foil under the bumper and some different visors. Give the thing a spare tire (even a doughnut) and a 2nd cupholder that isn't an appendage to the passenger's knee and I'd put one in the garage. No spare = no sale to this 2x BMW owner.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Do you pop tires that often that you won't buy a car that doesn't come with a spare? You know it has to come with either run flats or a flat repair kit. There's plenty of reasons why I wouldn't buy that overpriced little pig, but the lack of a spare tire didn't exactly come to mind as one of them!
      • 1 Year Ago
      I'd love to see BMW offer the 2.0-liter 180 bhp turbodiesel engine on the X1 in the US market....
      • 1 Year Ago
      Who cares, new one is a FWD platform, now it's off the list forever.
      • 1 Year Ago
      I hope they have the testicular fortitude to make the next one markedly smaller/more agile/more efficient than the X3. Hard to tell them apart. That said, front wheel drive on any BMW: boo.
      • 1 Year Ago
      2014 X1 xDrive, the last BMW with hydraulic steering? Get it before its gone forever.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Don't tease me with the manual transmission shown in the pic: Would be a wonderful option on this since there are no manuals on wagons any longer.
        • 1 Year Ago
        I could not figure out how to get the MT shown in the photo in the configurator...even when I specified sDrive.
        • 1 Year Ago
        But Buffy would not know how to drive it to the sorority after high school graduation.
      • 1 Year Ago
      More lipstick on pig.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Let me translate the article into plain English new exterior accents = a small strip of chrome/plastic added to the bottom intake vents spruced-up interior = a softer plastic on the dash visor new technology packed inside = some lame app that connects to your smartphone and lets you do Google search. Sign me up!
      • 1 Year Ago
      The headlights are still ugly as hell
      • 1 Year Ago
      Aside from the M-Sport version, the X1 is still a frumpy, fussy looking car.
        • 1 Year Ago
        Which is why I got the M Sport pack :-) Truthfully, that's about the only think I added to the car so the price was decent. I liked the 3 wagon but it would have been an additional 10 grand for nut much more utility value. I can put my road bike in the back with the front wheel still on the bike and that's all I need. Good gas mileage, decent power, good handling and just right utility value for my life. It's been a great vehicle thus far (10k miles already and absolutely zero issues).
      • 1 Year Ago
      Yep, its got the BMW looks. And that's not a compliment.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Ah yes the BMW of subaru outbacks.
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