Finally, finally the All-New BMW X1 is here, the outgoing X1 was too old in the tooth now and was facing stiff competition from the likes of the new Mercedes Benz GLA, updated Mini Cooper Countryman, Volvo XC40 as well as Audi Q3.
The third generation of X1 comes with prominent design changes both on the outside as well as the inside, since it is grown, gets more space inside and as usual, still remains your best entry ticket to the world of BMW’s. And for the first time, the X1 also gets an all-electric motor variant in the shape of iX1.
At launch in October 2022, there will initially be a choice of two petrol and two diesel engines. These will link up with a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard, and their drive power will be channeled to the road via either the front wheels or the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system, depending on the model that the customers choose.
We would say the design is more of evolutionary rather than revolutionary and we are glad it is not revolutionary, as last time BMW went revolutionary and we all know how the 7 Series ends up looking now.
Anyways, coming back to the new X1, the headlights are slimmer know which come with pulsating turn indicators, the kidney grille though prominently big, is squarish now and there’s a chrome tip at the lower intake now.
Moving to the sides, it is unmistakably a BMW, but we are not sure, what is with BMW with the flush type door handles, we saw them on the BMW i4 too.
At the rear, the glass house has got slimmer & the rear LED L-Shaped taillights have got sleeker and sharper. Flared wheel arches, horizontal lines, striking lights, all these elements give the BMW X1 a distinct SAV look that it was always known for.
Additionally, all model variants come as standard with 17-inch light-alloy wheels. 18-inch light-alloy wheels are fitted on xLine and M Sport cars, although these models are also available with 19-inch and – in a first for the BMW X1 – 20 inch wheels. Customers can choose from two solid and ten metallic shades for the exterior paint finish – including a Frozen paint option from BMW Individual for the first time.
Step inside and the BMW’s now much famed curved display is the highlight of the interiors. Couple that with BMW’s Operating System 8 for the iDrive, the experience of using the system is not going to be far behind then the one seen in all the upcoming BMW cars, be it the 3 or the 7 or the x7 for that matter. The front seats now offer better bolstering and BMW says that they have made improvements in the seat to improve on the acoustic comfort and occupant protection. It is a BMW, hence one can expect all the tell-tale features in this SAV too, right from panoramic sunroof, to auto headlamps, etc.
The new BMW X1 will be launched with a choice of conventional combustion engines featuring two petrol and two diesel units from the BMW Group’s new modular generation of Efficient Dynamics engines. Second-generation 48V mild hybrid technology with an electric motor integrated into the seven-speed Steptronic transmission is on hand to help boost both efficiency and power delivery in the two most powerful engines.
The petrol mill churns out 218 hp and the 48V electric motor churns in additional 19 hp and the diesel motor churns out 211 hp How is it to drive is something that we can tell you when we get our hands on the X1, but what we can tell you is that we hope BMW gets the X1 to shake up the competition next year end to Indian Markets.
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