After the partial success of BMW Z4 roadster, luxury car manufacturer BMW plans to launch its cost efficient and much stylish SUV (Sports Utility Vehicle) model BMW X1 in the Indian auto market. BMW has launched BMW X1 with comparatively lower price tag to capture more market share and to make its position stronger in luxury car market. The powerful SUV from BMW is priced in the range of Rs 22 to 30 lacs. The company unveiled this stylish SUV at Delhi Auto Expo on 23rd December 2010. BMW X1 is launched in 3 major variants that are available with six speed automatic gearbox. The three variants of the car are equipped with a petrol engine and 2 diesel powered engine. The affordable SUV, BMW X1 is launched in India as a CKD (Completely Knocked Down) unit and will be manufactured at the company’s Chennai based manufacturing plant.
BMW X1 is available in three exciting variants and is powered by both petrol and diesel engine. BMW X1 is loaded with turbocharger, variable intake geometry and common-rail fuel injection in 1955 cc four-cylinder diesel engine that offers maximum output of 177 Bhp and torque of 350 Nm at 1750- 3000 rpm whereas the petrol engine comes with 1995 cc four-cylinder engine that churns out 150 BHP of maximum power at pm and 200 Nm of maximum torque at 3600 rpm. BMW X1 is mated with six speed automatic transmission gearbox which will supply the power effectively and make the ride more smooth.
BMW X1 is a compact yet stylish SUV model which is loaded with a lot of newer generation features. BMW X1 is already available at overseas market and has received huge popularity there because of its styling features, performance, advanced features which are available at comparatively low price tag. The India bound BMW X1 is loaded with high styled exterior features like light alloy wheels, body coloured door handles, chrome finished exhaust pipe, heated and automatic adjustable ORVMs (Outside Rear View Mirrors), Panorama Glass etc. The interior of BMW X1 is also much stylish with its ambient lighting, front armrest with sliding adjustment with storage compartment, velour floor mats, etc.
BMW X1 is also armoured with lots of advanced active safety features like ABS (Antilock Braking System), dual front airbags and side ITS head airbags for front and rear both, central locking, crash sensor, front and rear fog lamps, halogen headlamps, front and rear seat belts with pretensioner and belt force limiter, side impact protection and many more features.
BMW X1 Mileage
Editor's take : The BMW X1’s eight-speed transmission has helped to increase its fuel economy, and now it comes only in diesel variant.
The most anticipated and promoted BMW X1 will deliver striking mileage figures. The latest BMW X1 comes with both petrol and diesel variant. The 1995 cc diesel engine is built to give 177 bhp power and top torque of 350 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm . The average fuel consumption of is 15.24 km/ltr of the new BMW X1 sDrive20d making it best in class option.
The 1995cc petrol engine offering max power of 150 bhp and peak torque of 200 Nm at 3600 rpm. This petrol variant of BMW X1 is incorporated with six speed automatic gearbox. The all powerful BMW X1 sDrive18i gives 11.24 km/ltr of mileage on Indian roads. With this efficient fuel technology it will make a good choice to Indian customers and moreover the tag of BMW further assures its high end performance.
Power of BMW X1
Editor's take : The power produced by the X1 is 184bhp from the 2.0-litre engine. The power is good on paper and it is sufficient from this compact SUV.
The upcoming new car from BMW, BMW X1 is launched in India in three exclusive variants and thus giving good number of choices to select from and all the three variants assures best in segment features. The tempting luxury is loaded with 1995 cc diesel engine, built to give 177 bhp power and top torque of 350 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm. Moreover the 1995cc petrol engine offering max power of 150 bhp and peak torque of 200 Nm at 3600 rpm. If you are crazy about car power, you here have the best choice to go for. BMW X1 variant will be mated with six speed manual transmission.
BMW X1 Colours
These colors are available with all variants of BMW X1
Deep Sea Blue
Acceleration & Pick-Up
Editor's take : The acceleration of the 2.0-litre diesel is good, and the power has been improved due to the eight-speed transmission that makes it torque with more evenly spread torque.
As mentioned under earlier sections, the BMW X1 has come in Indian market with three variants which are designed specifically for Indian customers. It is equipped with Four-cylinder turbocharged diesel engine with common-rail technology, 16 valve that generates a top power of 177 HP at 3000 rpm and churns out a top torque of 350 NM at 1750 RPM; it takes 8.3 seconds to go from nil to 100 kmph. The figures proves that BMW X1 sDrive20d is a choice for those who fantasize speed and power without compromising that hint of luxury. Moreover the 1995cc petrol engine offering max power of 150 bhp and peak torque of 200 Nm at 3600 rpm. It takes the car 10-4 sec to go from 0 to 100 Km/hr.
BMW X1 Exteriors
The compact premium SUV, BMW X1 is claimed as the first in its segment. This type of vehicle design looks massive from a distance but it is rather small in size. The exterior design is influenced from sedan while in terms of storage space it is an SUV. The front style is awesome thanks to its kidney grille chrome with black vertical slats, halogen headlights and round shape front fog lamps. The BMW X1 is designed with front long air intake just above it black plastic skirt gives it a more utilitarian appearance. The SUV has been fitted with all side skirts to give it more appeal and character. The higher ground clearance, 2760mm, provides it bigger shape, it is also helpful during off-roading.
The upcoming BMW X1 carries body colour ORVMs; the outside rear view mirrors are tinted, heated and electrically adjusted. The car has larger wheel arches that house 17 inch alloy wheels quite nicely. The door handles are also given in body colour; doors also ensure wide opening. The rear view of the vehicle is like a sedan but has larger slop, tail light is divided in two piece; it sits on side and at hatch. At the tip of the rear windscreen, the rear spoiler is added with high level LED third brake light. The lower end of the BMW X1 is dominated by wide rear skirt in black and bumper. You will also appreciate a single Exhaust tailpipe in stainless steel.
The BMW X1 is based on 3 series Touring platform, against the expectation of it being I series. The SUV has got longer wheelbase that is 2760 mm, overall length is 4454 mm, width is 1798mm and height is 1545mm. The front and rear tracks are measured as 1500mm and 1529mm respectively.
BMW X1 Interior
Editor's take : The interior of the X1 is a typical BMW, and the front row is spacious. It is the second row that is a tad tight on knee room, and it has to as the X1 is ideally a driver’s car.
Much-awaited compact premium SUV of BMW- BMW X1 - comes with sound design job inside. However, it is not up to BMW standards. When you step in its cabin, you feel like you're sitting in an ordinary car. The company has still, however, loaded the cabin with everything possible. The dashboard comes in dual tone styling, it houses instrument cluster, AC vents, audio system, glovebox, etc. The instrument panel comes with twin dials that sports speedometer, tachometer, fuel level and consumption. The instrumentation is just like every other BMW clear and functional.
The steering wheel is wrapped in leather; it is added with mounted controls on its two side spokes. The front cabin of BMW X1 is spacious that ensures sufficient headroom, legroom, shoulder room and hip room: the front armrest comes with sliding adjustment. The standard seats can be adjusted manually for height, fore and aft position. Front seat belts are inertia reel with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter while the rear seat belts are three with inertia reel. The seats are decorated with gold stripe across the seat backrest. The rear seat row might not be comfortable for those who are heavier. Moreover, its too small to accommodate three passengers. Power sockets are positioned at front centre console and in armrest compartment.
The upcoming BMW X1 is speculated to be featured with front and rear electric windows with open and close fingertip control, the windows are heat insulated and tinted all round. There is enough storage space inside the car with superb illumination; ambient lighting, illuminated glove compartment, Illumination for vanity mirrors, illuminated luggage compartment, courtesy lights front and rear, front footwell lights, front and rear reading lights; storage compartments in centre console, dashboard and front interior door panels, cup holder in centre console.
The recently launched BMW X1 comes featured with Door sill finishers with BMW designation, velour floor mats, grab handles - four with coat hooks in rear, handbrake lever grip and gear lever knob in leather, Satin Silver interior trim; optional trim range is also available in overseas market and is believed to be introduced in India as well.
The company has not only paid attention to the safety of the passenger but also has ensured distinctive comfort level by loading the BMW X1 with several features. The multi-functional three spoke steering wheel is wrapped in leather and can be adjusted as per the requirement of the driver. The front and rear windows can be opened and closed with fingertip control; they are heat-insulated and tinted all around. There are head restraints for front and rear seats while the front seat comes with sliding adjustment.
The BMW X1 is designed to give more storage space to the passengers; the storage space is available in the form of centre console, dashboard and front interior door panels, luggage compartment - illuminated with four lashing eyes in boot floor and additional storage on each side and under floor, Cup holder in centre console. It is expected that the compact SUV will be available with more or less same features in India although, the company may trim some features to keep the cost low for the country.
BMW X1 Engine and Performance
Editor's take : The 2.0-litre turbocharged diesel engine on the X1 is quick enough for this compact SUV, and does a 0-100km/hr in under 9 seconds. The performance of this diesel was much better than the petrol, hence BMW discontinued the petrol engine.
The upcoming car BMW X1 is brought here in India with more or less same engine and other features as loaded in overseas model. The model is launched in India with three variants and will share two engine configuration which will produce tremendous power, torque as well as acceleration. The beautiful SUV is equipped with four-cylinder diesel engine with common-rail technology, 16 valve that produces a peak power of 130 kW/177 hp and 350 Nm at 1,750 to 3,000 rpm. Moreover the 110 kW/150 hp four-cylinder petrol version of the BMW X1 is capable enough to churn out maximum torque of 200 Nm at 3,600 rpm reaching its maximum output at 6,400 rpm.
The much-awaited BMW X1 comes assembled with light alloy wheels measuring 225/50 R17 that add to the glory of this beautiful 5 seater luxury. The car has got run flat tyres as well. The optional wheels can also be availed with the specification of 18 inch star-spoke style, 18 inch double spoke style, 18 inch Y spoke style and 18 inch blade spoke style. The wheelbase offered by BMW X1 is 2760 mm which will help to establish good grip on road even on high speeds thus solving the basic purpose of a sports utility vehicle.
Braking & Handling
Editor's take : The BMWs are generally known as the driver’s car, and the X1 is no different. It can get the broad smile on your face and now even the electronic power steering means it is lighter to drive.
The newly launched BMW X1 is loaded with front and rear ventilated disc brakes with front Brake Size being 312.0 mm and rear Brake Size being 300.0 mm. Along with fantastic braking systems like Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comprising: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC + T), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD). This is the best braking system coupled with amazing DSc system that gives you the ultimate driving experience.
Handling & Safety
Editor's take : The safety features on the X1 are the airbags, ABS with EBD and ESP.
The upcoming compact luxury SUV, BMW X1 is armoured with a long list of safety features that promises mind-blowing security on wheels. The safety features may include Airbags - driver and front passenger, front and side and ITS head airbags, Alarm system (Thatcham 1) with remote control and engine immobiliser, Anti-roll bars, front and rear Brake Force Display, Central locking for doors, boot and fuel flap, activated via remote key or cabin switch, Child locking system, rear doors, Crash sensor activating central locking release, hazard warning lights and interior lights, and disabling vehicle electrics & fuel system via safety battery terminal clamp, First Aid kit and warning triangle, Foglights front and rear, Halogen headlights, Head restraints - front and rear, Headlight height adjustment, Headlight height adjustment, Heated windscreen washer jets, High level LED third brake light, Incorrect fueling protection system, Incorrect fueling protection system, Park Distance Control (PDC)- rear, Passenger airbag deactivation- front, Seat belts - front, inertia reel with pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner and belt force limiter, Seat belts - rear, three with inertia reel, Side Impact protection, Tyre Puncture Warning System (TPWS), Wheel bolts, locking, etc.
The braking system of BMW X1 can also be termed as the industry best that comprises of Dynamic Stability Control (DSC) comprising: Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Automatic Stability Control (ASC + T), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).
Stereo & Accessories in BMW X1
Editor's take : The X1 comes loaded just like any other luxury car. It gets integrated music system, BMW’s i-drive, USB and aux connectivity, steering mounted audio controls and xenon lamps.
Not only the safety and comfort features, the BMW X1 is also equipped with funky audio system which gives you the feeling of sitting in a Doubly Stereo Cinema hall. The audio system is a BMW Professional radio with single CD player (with MP3 playback capability) with six speakers. Moreover, there is also an auxiliary point for auxiliary playing devices. On board computer (OBC) is also gifted to show average fuel consumption, average speed, fuel range and ambient temperature.
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The upcoming BMW X1 is fitted with AC that comes along with automatic two-zone control system, it saves you from intense sun rays or shivering cold.
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Pros & Cons
BMW X1 Pros :
The engine delivers different values that give the buyer various options to choose from. Handling is sharp, lots of safety features as standard equipment as well as other features.
BMW X1 Cons :
Interior is not that much attractive as expected from the likes of BMW. The rear seat row is not comfortable for three people.
BMW X1 Price
BMW X1 Variants Price
BMW X1 prices were updated on 22 May 2013