BMW X1 face lift images leaked, India launch in 2012

First images of the facelifted BMW X1 have been leaked ahead of its debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show. The facelift is so subtle that it will look like the regular X1 to a casual observer.

The refreshed X1 gets a revised front bumper with silver accents, newly designed outside rear view mirrors, new rear bumper and redesigned tail lamp cluster. The new X1 will also feature new alloy wheel pattern and may be offered in new body colors as well.

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Photo: The changes on the BMW X1 are so minute that you may not notice them without close inspection!

On the inside, BMW has retained the overall dashboard layout of the current model in the new X1. However, there are minor changes in the lower part of the central console, chrome surrounds on AC vents and new trims. Also read: Drive a BMW or a Mercedes at half the cost

There are no details about changes in the engine specifications of the upcoming X1. At present, the X1 is offered in two engine options: a 2-litre petrol motor that puts out 150 bhp and 2-litre diesel motor that puts out 177 bhp. The petrol motor can accelerate from 0 – 100 kmph in 10.4 seconds while the diesel motor accelerates the X1 from 0 – 100 kmph in 8.3 seconds.

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Photo: The face lifted BMW X1 will likely be launched in India in the second half of 2012

Currently, BMW India offers the X1 in three variants: the sDrive18i (petrol) priced at Rs. 22.40 lakh, the sDrive20d (diesel) priced at Rs. 24.40 lakh and the sDrive20d Exclusive (diesel) priced at Rs. 30.40 lakh. Expect the facelifted X1 to be priced at a slight premium over the outgoing model.

BMW has been India’s No.1 luxury car brand in the last three years consecutively despite stiff competition from Audi and Mercedes-Benz. BMW’s leadership in India can be attributed to the company’s policy of quickly updating its model lineup in the Indian market at par with its model lineup in international markets.

BMW has planned to launch the face lifted X1 in US market during second half of 2012 and hence, expect the company to launch it in India during the same period.

(Photo Courtesy: Autocar)