Interior revisions are limited to new materials and upholstery intended to improve perceived quality. For high-end upholstery variants a new contrast stitching is available, while three new upholstery options are available.

An optional lighting package gives the cabin an ambient brightness with six colour options. The 6.5-inch, 8.8-inch and 10.25-inch infotainment screens (depending on specification) remain unchanged.

The great story under the hood is the introduction of the xDrive25e plug-in variant. On sale in March 2020 (a few months after the standard models), it uses a three-cylinder 123bhp 162lb ft petrol engine coupled to a 94bhp 112lb ft electric motor that drives the rear wheels for four-wheel drive.

A 9.7kWh battery pack offers an electricity-only range of 31 miles. Data on fuel consumption and emissions have not yet been confirmed.

In addition, BMW has added a high level 228 bhp xDrive25i X1 variant, capable of reaching a speed of 0-62 mph in 6.5 seconds. However, it will not be offered in the UK, so the current xDrive 20i 189 bhp is the most powerful model in the range.

The introduction of the new X1 follows the revelation, three days ago, of the radically reinvented Series 1 sedan. Volkswagen Golfs rival, which has changed style more openly than its SUV brother, has switched to a front-wheel drive platform in the name of interior space and practicality.

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