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      12-02-2011, 09:45 AM   #1
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Time flies. Only 2 years after its introduction, BMW is apparently already preparing a facelift (AKA "LCI") for the popular X1 SAV. As these images show, BMW sticks to their usual facelift approach.

The front bumpers will be reworked significantly for a more sporty and wider appearance, similar to the existing M Sport package. The rear bumpers will follow the same lead with a more 'diffusor style' appearance. Head and rear lights will get new graphics (updated rear lights not yet shown in these images).

It's hard to tell for sure from these images but we wouldn't be surprised if the X1 LCI also got its side indicators moved to the rear view mirrors. The camo tape over the redesigned mirrors and the side indicators at the front quarter panels appear to be fake decals (because they're too 'flat' and placed on a different spot than before).

Expect the X1 LCI to hit dealer showroom floors in late 2012 at the earliest, which is also the estimated arrival of the X1 in the US.



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      12-02-2011, 02:17 PM   #2
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Looks like it could be good, but I'll stick to the x3!
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      12-02-2011, 02:20 PM   #3
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Looks like it could be good, but I'll stick to the x3!
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      12-02-2011, 02:25 PM   #4
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Hmm...interesting
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Q3 and future BLK is/will be powerful rivals so BMW doesn t want to be on the last place
There are quite a lot of upgrades that can be done
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      12-02-2011, 02:58 PM   #6
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IMO, photos of the X1 are not flattering. Seeing them in various trims and colors combinations in Germany and later in Italy, they're distinctive and appealing. It appears the LCI will improve the look.

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Can't believe we're already there! Life goes fast...
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Does no one think the new kidney grille are too tall and not wide enough? Looks like a pig's nostrils.
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looks good, nice back side.
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Tail lights are the same, no?
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I saw one on Canada in person and the proportions are not right and the front end is not attractive.

It's fine if it never makes it to the USA. I just want the F31.
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Just curious... but why do they need to "road test" LCI models??? Isn't it a bumper change and maybe replacement lighting? Or is this primarily a marketing gimmick (aka the "striptease")? Seems like a lot of effort for a new bumper...
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Just curious... but why do they need to "road test" LCI models??? Isn't it a bumper change and maybe replacement lighting? Or is this primarily a marketing gimmick (aka the "striptease")? Seems like a lot of effort for a new bumper...
They need to make sure the bumper doesn't fall off
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Hope they fix that hanging muffler that looks like crap on the north american versions...
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Looks like smaller side mirrors???
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I can wait to install those mirrors, to get rid of the wind noise....
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would love to test-drive one, but as for trading up? I'll wait for the X4, thanks.
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Wow, a lot of negative nancys in here. Plasti dipping is not nearly as ghetto looking as some of you may think, just go to the audizine forums and search 'stormtrooper s4' in the b8 s4 section to see what I mean. As long as its done right the finish comes out very nice, and when it comes down to it people are gonna give you just as much of a sideways look when you say you vinyled your BMWs roof than if you plasti dipped it. That being said, vinyl will hold up longer than the dip, but will be more difficult to apply perfectly (/ more costly if you're paying to get it done). I say go for it OP, after all plasti dip is completely reversible so if you don't like it you can peel it off. Just be sure to follow the directions, as te dip can be a pain to remove if you don't put a thick enough bottom coat on.
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I have one that needs to be resprayed/has a bit of paint damage but will let it go for cheap. Pm me if you would like pics etc, if not good luck!
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