What else can be a perfect event than the 2016 Auto Expo, for automakers to exhibit their products. Considering this, most of the car manufacturers are introducing their new models to the world and even launching them. BMW India is one among them, which has come up with the updated version of its X1 model at a starting price of Rs. 29.9 lakhs (ex-showroom, New Delhi). Let us look into the details and find out what exceptional features it comes with!
1. Generous dimensions. An increase in width and height makes it look bigger and even gives enough room in the cabin.
2. Decent mileage. Give a look at its fuel economy figures, which are comparatively good than its competitors.
1. Ground clearance. The automaker should have also concentrated on improving this specific dimension.
2. Navigation Plus. It would have been much better if this aspect is offered in the mid range models also.
Stand Out Features
1. HiFi loudspeaker system giving out 205watts sound output is simply exceptional.
2. Steptronic Automatic Sport transmission with launch control and gearshift paddles adds to the driving comfort besides bettering performance.
BMW X1 - an updated model, looks simply great and eye catching with the new modifications, which are easily noticeable. It is offered in four variants and has been designed based on the UKL platform, which makes it weigh nearly 135 kgs less than its predecessor. It comes with increased exterior proportions making it 21mm wider, 53mm taller but 36mm shorter than the outgoing model. Its not just the exteriors, but there is an increase in the boot volume, rear knee room and entire cabin space as well, that resulting in better convenience. Appearance wise, this latest entry looks more muscular and aggressive. Its styling cues have been borrowed from its sibling – the X3. As for the updates, it gets a revamped radiator grille, tweaked bumper, redesigned taillight cluster as well as modish alloy wheels, which all brings it a striking appeal. On the inside, it gets a flowing dashboard design, while the center console is now separated from the transmission tunnel. Aside from this, the company focused on making its cabin more spacious and comfortable as well. On the other hand, a 2.0-litre diesel motor sits under its hood generating 190bhp in combination with torque of 400Nm. An 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission gear box is on the offer that ensures swift shifting of gears. Also present are a number of security elements that makes your drive as safe as possible. This latest launch will go up against the likes of Audi Q3, Land Rover Range Rover Evoque, and Mercedes Benz GLA Class in this segment.
X1 has first entered the Indian car market in the year 2011, which went on to become one of the successful products of this brand. In 2013, its facelifted model was launched in a few trims in the diesel lineup. Later, these variants have been discontinued and replaced by the X1 sDrive20d M Sport version. And now, the company has again modified the X1 with many arresting features both inside and out, and launched it at the ongoing 2016 Auto Expo.
The all new X1 is indeed one of the beautiful SUVs that is running on Indian roads today. With the latest improvements, it looks more aggressive yet carries sporty elements that easily draw one's attention.
With a slight increase in its exterior dimensions, this massive machine does look outstanding and much better than before. It got 21mm wider, 53mm taller but 36mm shorter than its predecessor. Wheelbase is still good thus, leaving enough space inside the cabin.
What's common in every model of BMW is its signature kidney radiator grille, which is definitely a symbol of this brand apart from its logo. This one carries 14 exclusively designed slats that further get the matt aluminum finishing. The same metal plating is seen on the thick frame as well, which surrounds these slats. Meanwhile, the M Sport trim has 16 exclusively designed slats in black high gloss finish.
Attractive LED headlamps come as standard in all its variants, which is a good move from the manufacturer. These are positioned in the large and trendy cluster, which also houses LED daytime running lamps, cornering lights and typical BMW twin circle design parking lights. Below this, pair of bright fog lamps are also fitted that not only adds style but also enhances visibility.
Also present in the front is a well built bumper that comes with a wide air intake section and a couple of air ducts as well on the either sides. While, a metal finished under guard beneath the bumper does it job in protecting the internal components on uneven roads.
On the sides, the stylish roof rails reinforce its dynamic look. These come with different paint finish options like black matt finish, aluminum satinated and high gloss shadow line, depending on the variants. Talking about wheels, these are undoubtedly the key attraction in its side profile. The Expedition variant gets 17-inch alloy wheels in double spoke style, whereas the mid range is equipped with 18-inch, Y-spoke style light alloy rims. Whereas the top-spec M Sport variant is fitted with the modish 18-inch, M light alloy wheels that are adorned with 225/50 R18 sized tubeless tyres.
Its outside mirrors get body color and come with electrically folding, automatic anti-dazzle and parking functions. Besides these, the sweeping line that extends from the front wheel arches to the tail lamps, enhances its appearance further.
In the rear, you can see the luminous taillight cluster with 3D icon design and these are accompanied by turn indicators.
Other aspects to notice in its rear profile, is the integrated spoiler and a wide windscreen that includes a defogger and wiper as well. And, not to forget the bumper, which looks good with a pair of reflectors and a protective guard underneath it. Besides the twin exhaust pipes with neat chrome garnish further gives it a sporty appearance.
With this facelift, the X1 also gets an increased boot compartment of 420 litres, which is however, less when compared with its rivals.
Luxury and elegance are what defines the interiors of this new model. The roomy cabin packs in the innovative design elements, high quality materials and top class finishing that leaves everyone mesmerized at the very first glance itself.
The cockpit in a contemporary design is one of the best things to watch out for in this SUV. It gets a flowing dashboard design and decorated in a dual tone color scheme. Moreover, the ambient lighting that can be changed to orange or white for instrument panel does look extraordinary and also adapts well with the interiors. Besides these, the leather materials, fine wood as well as aluminum finishes leave you impressed. Also, it gets the lights package including footwell lights, glove compartment lighting, and vanity mirror lights as well.
Two analog dials are present in the instrument cluster, which looks quite modish and give clear details of the vehicle's updates.
The large console in the center of the dashboard is well positioned, while the 3-spoke multifunctional steering wheel leather wrap with black stitching and decorative finisher in chrome.
Well cushioned seats are incorporated inside, which get premium leather upholstery in all the variants. The seats are offered with electrically adjustable functions that allows you to position yourself as per your requirement. The driver's seat additionally gets memory function as well.
Meanwhile, the rear seat is available with 60:40 split folding function that increases the boot volume and enables you to bring in more bags. Whereas, in the Expedition variant, it has 40:20:40 split folding facility, whose backrest can also be adjusted.
The Panorama glass roof is another arresting feature that offers amazing views and brings in warm sunlight, resulting in a pleasurable driving experience. It comes with different options for ventilation and includes roller sunblind, slide as well as lift functions.
A special mention to the BMW ConnectedDrive system featuring BMW Apps, Bluetooth with handsfree, USB and Aux-In connectivity options. An iDrive system comes with 16.5cm display and includes AM/FM radio in the base and mid range trims. While the M Sport variant gets the iDrive touch controller with 22.3cm display screen along with integrated hard drive for maps and audio files. This particular also has the Navigation Plus and BMW head-up display in addition.
This updated model is incorporated with a new generation BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine that gets an all-wheel drive system in the top grades. This 2.0-litre oil burner carries four cylinders that are integrated with 16 valves. It comes with a total displacement capacity of 1995cc and delivers good power, performance besides low fuel consumption. It belts out 190bhp at 4000rpm and yields torque of 400Nm ranging between 1750 to 2500rpm. This also ensures few emissions and agile power delivery at all engine speeds. An 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission gear box is paired with this motor that drives power to all its wheels. In terms of acceleration, the sDrive 20d range crosses the 100 Kmph speed mark in 7.8 seconds, while the xDrive20d variants take about 7.6 seconds to go from 0 to 100 Kmph.
Ride and Handling
A robust set of disc brakes are fitted to all its four wheels. The advanced anti lock braking system with brake assist are also on the offer that further boosts this mechanism. The top end variant features an M Sport suspension system that is designed for great driving dynamics. This system makes for a smooth ride and keeps the huge machine balanced and stable on all surfaces. On the other hand, it comes with a servotronic, electromechanical power steering column that is active only when you steer it. This provides good response and helps you maneuver easily in any road condition.
Protective elements are abundant in this BMW X1, which makes the drive quite safe. A total of six airbags are offered including dual front, side as well as head airbags in the front and rear. All the passengers get three point seat belts with front pyrotechnic belt tensioners and force limiters, thus minimizing the risk of injuries. Advanced attributes like the cornering brake control, dynamic stability as well as traction control enhances the driving dynamics. In addition to all these, it also has ISOFIX child seat mounting, run flat indicator, emergency spare wheel, and side impact protection that increases the security levels.
The new X1 from BMW comes in a total of four variants.
The entry level trim is bestowed with several top class features like the adjustable seats with memory function for driver's seat, iDrive with 16.5cm display, 17-inch alloy rims and an 8-speed steptronic automatic transmission gear box.
In the mid range variants, a few additional aspects are added such as 8-speed steptronic automatic sport transmission gear box, panorama glass roof, and HiFi loudspeaker system with 7-speakers and 205 watts sound output.
Meanwhile, in the top grade, you will find more advanced elements like the M Sport Pack, Navigation Plus, 18-inch M light alloy wheels, and an iDrive touch controller with 22.3cm display.
Compared to its predecessor, this latest version gets a huge space inside and even its dimensions are increased making it look more massive. In terms of practicality, quality and appearance, this SUV does live up to the expectations, but what makes it fall behind its rivals is the low ground clearance, and handling aspects. Otherwise, this huge machine is a good choice to go with.
BMW X1 price
|sDrive20d Expedition |
|30.99 Lakh ||30.99 Lakh ||32.86 Lakh ||30.99 Lakh ||30.99 Lakh ||30.99 Lakh ||30.99 Lakh
|sDrive 20d xLine |
|34.99 Lakh ||34.99 Lakh ||37.1 Lakh ||34.99 Lakh ||34.99 Lakh ||34.99 Lakh ||34.99 Lakh
|xDrive 20d xLine |
|36.99 Lakh ||36.99 Lakh ||39.22 Lakh ||36.99 Lakh ||36.99 Lakh ||36.99 Lakh ||36.99 Lakh
|xDrive 20d M Sport |
|40.99 Lakh ||40.99 Lakh ||43.47 Lakh ||40.99 Lakh ||40.99 Lakh ||40.99 Lakh ||40.99 Lakh