BMW X1, a SUV has 1 diesel version available in India. BMW X1 is out in 7 colours, namely, Black Sapphire, Deep Sea Blue, Glacier Silver, Marrakesh Brown, Midnight Blue, Mineral White and Valencia Orange. With the launch of X1 in 2009, BMW pioneered the luxury compact SUV segment by capturing a gigantic Indian market. But with the rising competition, it faced a decline. To counter its rivals, the company updated the X1 in 2013 with some striking cosmetic and mechanical changes. The most significant one being a new 8-speed; ‘Steptronic’ automatic torque converter transmission that made it more frugal and conducive.
New bi-xenon headlights with four LED light rings, improved front and rear bumpers with redesigned air diffusers, ORVMs with integrated indicators and new alloy wheels are the prominent features of this face lifted model. The introduction of a new Valencia Orange colour along with the regular metallic shades brought a novelty in the scheme.
Interior & Features
Changes in the new X1’s interior include dual-tone theme, an electroplated trim surrounding the centre console cup holders and gearshift lever. Although the interior design and equipment remain largely unchanged, silver and chrome accents are profusely significant. Automatic two-zone air conditioning, multifunction sport leather steering wheel, interior mirror with automatic anti-dazzle function, etc. are other evident essentials being offered.
Electric seat adjustment with memory function for driver and passengers is undeniably the best feature ensuring comfort with ease, making its seats lucrative and supportive incredibly.
It continues to feature the 2.0-litre diesel engine that did duty to old model providing maximum power of 184bhp at 4,000rpm and 380Nm of torque at 1, 750rpm - 2, 750rpm. The new 8-speed Steptronic automatic torque converter transmission is used to transfuse power to the rear wheels.
Fuel economy of 17.05 kmpl is delivered by the 1995 cc Diesel - powered variant.
With new transmission, the X1 offers much improved performance. It can achieve 0-100kmph in 7.9 seconds making it faster than the previous model and have the capability to attain a maximum speed of 205kmph. The suspension, too, has been tuned for better ride quality. It makes the crossover more compatible for Indian road conditions. The steering is light-weighted for city driving conditions. Fuel efficiency is enhanced up to 3% by its brake energy regeneration system, also ensuring maximum power supply to the engine for acceleration. The car scores high with its exalted handling and negligible body roll.
The BMX X1 contest against the Mercedes-Benz GLA and Audi Q3 in India, global competitors include Lexus NX, Ford KUGA and Volkswagen Tiguan.