Now available in Singapore – model update raises desirability of BMW X1 another notch
The new BMW X1, a bold, sporty and visually striking car adds another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story.
Since it was launched in late 2015, the current-generation BMW X1 has shown it has what it takes to be a winner. In 2018 it was not only the highest-selling BMW X model worldwide, it also led the way in its segment as a whole over the same time period with 286,827 units delivered to customers. Around 40% of all BMW X1 cars were sold to owners in Europe, while one in ten left the production line bound for the USA, which duly became its third-largest sales market.
The reasons for the sustained success of the BMW X1 are many and varied. On the one hand, it displays exactly those attributes which mark out its target customers: it is young, sporty and active. But it also out-performs arguably every other car in its segment in combining the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned with versatility, functional appeal and cutting-edge technology. Ever since it arrived on the scene, the BMW X1 has made a compelling case for itself with its unmistakable design.
That design has been buffed and polished once again as part of the model update and now cuts a significantly more striking, sportier and more powerful figure. Armed with sporty yet efficient three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines, standout driving characteristics, extensive infotainment options and an updated range of BMW ConnectedDrive Services, the new BMW X1 is all set to further build on its leading position in the market over the years ahead.
At the same time, the new BMW X1 also has its sights fixed firmly on subsequent stages in its development. Next year, the extremely efficient models in the BMW X1 line-up will be joined for the first time by the plug-in hybrid BMW X1 xDrive25e.
The model update for the new BMW X1 has imbued an already deeply handsome exterior with even greater aesthetic allure. The design of the new BMW X1 strengthens its case as every inch the authentic, powerful and dynamic Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The front end, in particular, has a more muscular, dominant and imposing presence, as evidenced by the new, larger BMW grille – whose kidneys now merge in the middle – and the sharper light iconography of the new LED headlights. Added to which, the front bumper now displays an even more dynamic use of forms. All model variants feature larger air intakes, underscoring the sporting genes of the new BMW X1.
Exterior mirrors with an X projection.
Another highlight (in the true sense of the word) can be found at the driver’s-side exterior mirror, which projects a two-tone LED “X1” image when the car is unlocked. But this “welcome show”, which also includes illumination of the door handle recess, is far from just a visual trick; it also makes getting into and out of the new BMW X1 that much simpler by making it easier to spot obstacles such as bumps or puddles. This function is part of the optional lighting package.
Stylistic changes have also been carried out to the rear of the new BMW X1, with the rear apron making a particularly vivid impression. The redesigned inlays here are a standard feature and adopt the body colour of the new BMW X1, which gives the rear end as a whole an even greater feeling of class and coherence.
Eye-catching LED rear lights and tailpipes.
The standard LED rear lights of the new BMW X1 likewise have a new design, a single LED bar drawing the familiar L signature from side to side. The horizontal design of the LED rear lights also underscores the width of the rear end and the muscular stance of the new BMW X1 on the road.
Another head-turning feature of the new BMW X1 is the new exhaust tailpipes. Their diameter has increased from 70 mm to 90 mm, advertising the power of the three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and hinting at the driving pleasure they conjure up. The four-cylinder variants get twin tailpipes.
Three new exterior colours, four new wheel designs.
Also newly available for the new BMW X1 are the exterior colour shades Jucaro Beige metallic, Misano Blue metallic (for the M Sport variant) and the ultra-exclusive BMW Individual Storm Bay metallic.
The new BMW X1 comes as standard with 17-inch wheels (sDrive18i), 18-inch wheels (sDrive18i xLine) and 19-inch wheels (sDrive20i M Sport) while the model update adds four new wheel designs to the options list: 18-inch light-alloy wheels in Style 578 with black rims and Style 579 (for the xLine variant), new Style 580 19-inch light-alloy wheels and – exclusively for the M Sport variant – Style 816M 19-inch light-alloy items. This wheel design can also be specified as an option with M Sport brakes, which showcase the motor racing pedigree of BMW M GmbH and provide top-drawer braking performance. The optional M Sport brakes have fixed callipers at the front axle, larger discs than the standard items and coloured callipers. This high-performance braking system ensures excellent stopping ability in all conditions, as well as increased thermal stability and resistance to fade.
New look for the M Sport model variant.
The design of the new BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport already exudes a familiar athleticism, thanks to M Sport suspension (which brings a ten-millimetre drop in ride height), BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features and the M Aerodynamics package. The front apron, side skirts, wheel arch trim, diffuser and cladding on the car come in body colour.
The newly designed front end adds an extra dose of fuel to the car’s dynamic aesthetic. Particularly eye-catching here are features such as air intakes for the newly designed bumper (with Air Curtain technology) that are even larger than on the other model variants, plus the striking BMW kidney grille. These combine with the standard-fitted 19-inch light-alloy wheels to create an undeniably dynamic appearance for the new BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport that embodies the M genes to near-flawless effect.
The new BMW X1 demonstrates its qualities most prominently while on the move. The heartbeat of the new model is supplied by a spread of three- and four-cylinder engines. Efficient and sporty in equal measure, their power is translated – via a cutting-edge front-wheel-drive configuration – into dynamic performance on the road and supreme driving pleasure over rough terrain.
Optimum balance of dynamics and comfort.
The suspension technology built into the new BMW X1 provides all models with the fleet-footed agility familiar to existing BMW X1 drivers, delivers precisely controllable handling and imbues the car with sublime overall dynamics. Together with the car’s low centre of gravity, almost even weight distribution, wide track, short overhangs and high level of body and chassis rigidity, the suspension lays the foundations for a familiar BMW driving experience – one no other vehicle in the segment can match.
Interior, equipment and ConnectedDrive.
The new BMW X1 brings BMW’s hallmark driving pleasure to the road in hugely convincing style. But the versatility and cleverness of its interior are similarly persuasive. The new BMW X1 cabin blends cutting-edge technology with generous levels of space and numerous smart and functional solutions. These provide a helping hand for the driver, raise comfort levels yet another notch and ensure the new BMW X1 is every bit as flexible as its occupants need it to be.
An extensive range of standard equipment and numerous attractive options underscore the premium mission statement of the compact BMW X model. xLine and M Sport variants are available as an alternative to Base specification, and each stands apart with its own unique looks and equipment to match.
Focusing on functionality and comfort.
The new BMW X1 pulls off the balancing act of compact dimensions on the outside, but generous proportions, comfort and a feeling of spaciousness on the inside, with an intelligent vehicle structure and smartly conceived interior configuration. The driver and front passenger enjoy freedom of movement, but so too do those in the rear seats. These can be folded down in three sections (40:20:40) as standard, enabling considerable scope for variability – e.g. when it comes to stowing and transporting sports equipment.
The rear seats can be adjusted fore and aft, the two sections of the 60:40 split seat surface sliding forward independently by up to 13 cm. The backrest angle of the rear seats can also be varied through six stages.
Additional comfort and convenience when it comes to utilising the load-carrying ability of the new BMW X1 is provided by the standard automatic tailgate operation, which allows the tailgate to be opened and closed electrically. Hands-free tailgate opening and closing is also available, courtesy of the standard Comfort Access system. This allows shopping bags, for example, to be loaded directly into the 505 – 1,550-litre boot without having to open the tailgate using a key or release handle.
Quality in the details.
The new interior details with which the new BMW X1 highlights its impressive quality proposition are particularly deserving of a closer look. These include the new contrast stitching on the instrument panel, which is black on its upper section and adopts the car’s individual upholstery colour lower down. This contrast stitching is available for xLine and M Sport variants of the new BMW X1, which also feature coloured edging for the floor mats, plus contrast stitching for the edging.
The new BMW X1 is offered with Sensatec upholstery as standard. New for cars with the Base equipment level and optional sports seats is the optional cloth/Sensatec combination in Anthracite with Grey accenting. The new BMW X1 sDrive20i M Sport can be fitted with optional Micro Hexagon fabric/Sensatec upholstery in Black with M piping. No fewer than 13 colour and material combinations are available for the interior of the new BMW X1.
M safety belts in customary M design are available as an option for the M Sport variant and add a particularly classy detail to the mix. The front and rear seats also stand out with their M-specific and decidedly sporty seam pattern.
The standard lighting package allows drivers to bathe the interior of their new BMW X1 in a stylishly lit ambience with freely selectable colour tones (Orange, Violet, Green, Bronze, Blue and White). The LED illumination rings the interior through to the rear.
Freestanding Control Display with voice control and touchscreen operation.
Cast an eye over the digital services and infotainment equipment of new BMW X1, and its technical credentials are crystal clear. At the heart of the action is the freestanding Control Display.
The new BMW X1 is fitted as standard with an 8.8-inch Touch Control Display. If a navigation system is specified, either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display comes as part of the package. This display concept gives the driver a quick overview of the most important information of the moment – e.g. using the tiles arranged in the display’s main menu. This key information is therefore always visible and easy to access.
The display is extremely easy to work with. This sixth generation of the iDrive operating concept introduces touchscreen control for the Control Display to the user’s toolkit alongside the iDrive Controller and optional voice control. This move sees the new BMW X1 adopting the familiar and intuitive operating logic of a smartphone.
Another head-turning element of the cockpit is the modern black-panel technology included as standard in every new BMW X1 for the instrument cluster. It comes with a 2.7-inch TFT Info Display in base trim or a 5.7-inch TFT Info Display if a navigation system has been specified.