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2013 BMW X1 facelift revealed ahead of New York debut

April 3, 2012

BMW isn’t set to reveal the 2013 BMW X1 facelift until the 2012 New York International Auto Show, which starts tomorrow. Even so, official images of the facelift have been leaked online.

The BMW X1 is BMW’s smallest SUV. It’s based on the 3 Series Touring (wagon) platform offering jumped up suspension and an xDrive all-drive system. It’s currently available in Australia as the xDrive18i, xDrive20d, xDrive23d, and the xDrive25i.

The 2013 facelift features new headlight internals which appear to be inspired by the new 1 Series hatch headlights, a new front bumper bar which rises up in the middle, and a smattering of silver highlights such as the lower chin and side sills.

Inside, some styling revisions have been made, with a new centre console and dash trimmings. The updated interior could potentially come in a range of new interior colour options, while the exterior is set to receive a range of new paint colour options.

Under the bonnet, the same engine packages are likely to carry over from the existing model, including the new 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder with 180kW (currently available in overseas markets).

In Australia, the 2.0-litre turbo four is yet to be introduced, however, it is expected to eventually phase out the ‘2.5i’ 3.0-litre six-cylinder model in the near future.

The 2013 BMW X1 update will go on sale in the US in September, while a local introduction is set to take place during the end of 2012/start of 2013.

Brett is the editor and founder of PerformanceDrive. He's obsessed with driving, having played with Matchbox cars until he was tall enough to drive a real one. After initially working as a mechanic, Brett earned a degree in journalism and entered media as an editorial assistant at Top Gear Australia magazine. He then worked at CarAdvice.com.au. His dream is to live next door to the Nurburgring in Germany.