Redesigned 2023 BMW X1 Unveiled As Cadillac XT4, Buick Envision Rival13
BMW has unveiled the all-new 2023 BMW X1 crossover, set to rival the Cadillac XT4 and Buick Envision with revised styling, new tech features, and an updated four-cylinder powertrain.
The exterior of the 2023 BMW X1 presents an upright stance, an extended roofline, and new dimensions. The frontend is characterized with the signature BMW kidney grille, as framed by standard LED headlights. LED lighting is used for the taillights as well. In the corners, standard spec mounts 18-inch wheels, while 19-inch and 20-inch options are also offered. Thirteen exterior paint options are on the table.
With regard to dimensions, the 2023 BMW X1 is now 1.7 inches longer (177.2 inches), 0.9 inches wider (72.6 inches), and 1.7 inches taller (64.6 inches), while the wheelbase is 0.9 inches longer (106 inches) and both the front and rear track are 0.8 inches wider (62.3 inches).
Inside is seating for five, now with more shoulder and elbow room. Controlling the infotainment spec is the BMW Curved Display with iDrive 8, while a Harman/Kardon sound system with 12 speakers is optional. Standard safety tech now includes front-collision warning with brake intervention and Active Blind Spot Detection, while BMW’s Driving Assistant Professional driver assist will be offered at an unspecified date in the future.
Under the hood, you’ll find a revised turbocharged 2.0L four-cylinder engine, which is now rated at 241 horsepower at 4,500 rpm and 295 pound-feet of torque at 1,500 rpm. Output is directed through a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, with the sprint from 0 to 60 mph completed in 6.2 seconds. The 2023 BMW X1 is also equipped with xDrive all-wheel drive as standard, which will send power exclusively to the front wheels when all-wheel grip isn’t needed.
Pricing for the 2023 BMW X1 starts at $38,600, plus $995 destination fee. Look for it to launch in the U.S. in Q4 of 2022.
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What does BMW stand for?
A) Bavarian Motor Werks
B) Buick / Mercury Wannabe
Wasn’t selling well
D) Bite My Wiener
E) all of the above
Seriously, how low will the Germans go? It’s vehicles like this that made Hyundai say “We too can do a luxury brand.
Hitler mentality, Dachau kfz auschWitz still today .. 80 years after .. BMWellers think so
What has the world come to when you can’t but a BMW with a real manual transmission? So sad they went from driving machines to just another luxury brand.
Like you, I lament the loss of BMW’s purity. They say they are The Ultimate Driving Machine and in many respects they still are, particularly with the M products but that message has certainly been diluted in recent years by all the SAV with automatic transmissions and the Comfort Access Package. I regret to see that but I think it’s been necessary.
Compared to the other automakers, BMW is a tiny company that’s privately owned by the Quandt family. Because of this, they have a lot of latitude with what they produce. It’s perhaps why BMW can build such a wide range of excellent engines spanning from a 3 cylinder to a V12 and includes the worlds best 6 cylinder, and outstanding V8s among other offerings. GM is much larger but they can’t begin to match BMWs range of engines or their many different types of products. Whereas giant GM builds no coupes, BMW still builds three plus a convertible two-seater. The BMW 7-Series is offered as an EV, six-cylinder, and V8. GM’s Cadillac can’t begin to match it with anything. They’re lucky to rebadge a Tahoe and have an electric car. So, BMW by virtue of being independent is able to build many small volume niche products still that a cost-cutting Board as GM has probably wouldn’t approve.
But there’s a danger. If they’re too hyper-focused on the M cars, the sports cars, and the true Ultimate Driving Machines, they’re at risk of being too small and vulnerable. BMW continues to be able to build the fabulous M3 and M5 because that’s where their heart is but also because of all those SAVs that keep the company financially solvent. Without them, Mary Barra might be tempted to buy up a weak BMW. Then she’d drop their magnificent inline 6, replace it with GM’s 3.6 V6 and can their 48-valve DOHC thriller V8 in favor of one of GM’s ubiquitous 6.2 L V8s. It’s a horrific thought to have BMW compromised by a big company like GM but it could happen. It’s happened already to most of the other small independent carmakers.
Every time I see a X1, I do see a product not entirely worthy of its Roundel but I’m also grateful that it’s owner helped keep the lights burning brightly in the famous Four Cylinders Tower so that they could also build the authentic BMW that I’m driving and that brings me such joy.
“Then she’d drop their magnificent inline 6, replace it with GM’s 3.6 V6 and can their 48-valve DOHC thriller V8 in favor of one of GM’s ubiquitous 6.2 L V8s. It’s a horrific thought to have BMW compromised by a big company like GM but it could happen”
Why would she do that (assuming the boardroom would allow her)?, they have Cadillac already. If anything Tesla could buy them if Germany would allow a sale like that.
I’m looking forward to my recently purchased 2001 Z3 (I6, 5-speed, of course!) getting repaired and road ready! Still hoping to one day being able to afford an actual 2002tii!
The thought is that a company like GM, and I’m using GM since this is a GM site, would buy up tiny BMW if they were weak. Then inevitably they’d erase BMW’s heritage and uniqueness and replace it with more of the colossal parent’s parts and platforms and BMW would then be totally lost. Remember how GM began to chip away at SAAB? They built a SUV based on a GM truck platform and called it a SAAB. That would happen to BMW. I’d rather see a few not-quite Ultimate Driving Machines made by BMW to keep them solvent than to see them become weak from being stubborn about only building pure sports sedans and then being acquired by a big carmaker.
BMW has about the same market valuation as GM.
BMW had about the same revenue in 2021 as GM.
BMW has about 25% fewer employees as GM.
GM sells about 1/3 as many vehicles as BMW.
BMW made about 500,000 vehicles in the US in 2021, and is the largest exporter of vehicles from the US.
“GM sells about 1/3 as many vehicles as BMW.”
You have that backwards. GM sells about 3 vehicles for every BMW globally. That’s why it makes more sense for GM to build cars in China, rather than BMW paying the import tariff when they’re shipped from the US.
It’s even more in the US: GM sold 6.6x the number of vehicles as BMW+MINI did in 2021.
Also shows how inefficient BMW is if GM makes 3 times the cars with 33% more people.
Spartanburg Production 433,810 crossovers
BMW U.S. crossover sales 180,000
Total BMW U.S. sales 336,000
Ok so last year BMW exported ~ 250,000 crossovers from the U.S. and imported ~ 150,000 Cars.
But Spartanburg gets 30% of its parts come from Europe. Mostly engines and transmissions So BMW is still a net importer from Europe
please someone tell me what are the main differences among a X1, X2, X3, X4, X5, X6, X7, X8, X9 & X10
Hardly a competition, a choice between a GM product or an Ultimate Driving Machine…
More like a massacre.
An XT4 competitor now that is Funny HAHA
Cadillac doesn’t have one CUV that competes with the Big Three German Luxury Brands.
This is why I keep stating over and over and over again for years now that the Switch by Cadillac if done correctly to BEV’s is their last chance to not only catch them but hopefully surpass them.