The new 2012 BMW X1 has been launched in three variants at a starting price of Rs. 27.90 lakh for the base S2.0, going up to Rs. 32.50 lakh for the X-line and Sport line trim variants. The X1 is BMW’s entry lifestyle luxury SUV, and the cheapest BMW you can get today.
What’s new with the BMW X1?
BMW first launched the X1 in 2010 and it has gone one to become the largest selling BMW in the country. This time, the 2013 BMW X1 comes only in diesel, as the company has discontinued the petrol variant.
The car comes with slightly updated looks and a lot more interior equipment. On the exterior, the car gets a new headlamp design with inset angel-eye parking lamps, new grille treatment and a sportier looking bumper and bonnet. In profile, the only significant change that you notice is the new sportier alloy wheel design, as well as better roof rails. The rear stays largely the same. Also read: BMW X1 vs Audi Q3
On the interiors, there is a choice of two trim variants – the X-line being the luxury line that offers choices like white leather upholstery, while the Sport line option offers black and matt finish options. It also comes with a bright new “Valencia orange” exterior colour, similar to what Ford will be offering with the EcoSport, and a shade brighter than BMW’s arch rival the Audi Q3. The rear seats split in a 40:20:40 folding pattern giving it more flexibility.
In terms of equipment, the BMW X1 gets an updated i-Drive infotainment system with integrated GPS navigation. The passenger and driver seat are both powered, but space, which was a concern with the X1 continues to be cramped as there have been no changes carried out to the car’s body.
The BMW X1 is powered by a 2-litre diesel engine that puts out 184 bhp of power and 380 Nm of torque, with a claimed fuel efficiency of 17.05 kmpl. This is the only engine choice right now. It is mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission driving the rear wheels (there is no 4×4 option). It has 179 mm of ground clearance. It’s equipped with a start-stop engine system to increase fuel efficiency. Also read: BMW X1 face lift images leaked, India launch in 2012
What we think
The BMW X1 is now competing in a market that is increasingly getting crowded, with the likes of the Audi Q3 now catching up with it. The car is locally assembled at BMW’s plant in Chennai, after being shipped in completely knocked down form. The refreshed X1 is a bid to keep the brand fresh – and because BMW is an aspirational brand, it continues to attract buyers. However, it will need to keep updating its model line up to stave off close competition from Audi and now Mercedes with the B-Class. But if you want a BMW, that takes the rough with the smooth, the X1 is a good choice.