X1 – marrying beauty with functionality

Aziz Idris

The X1 is BMW’s best-selling crossover and now its styling has been tweaked rather than overhauled.

The second generation BMW X1 goes on sale today at QAF Auto, the official distributor of BMW vehicles in the Sultanate.

British Deputy High Commissioner to Brunei Darussalam Natalie Gowers-Barnes, General Manager of QAF Auto Alisa Khoo, Laksamana College of Business (LCB) Director Haji Suhaimei bin Haji Besar and LCB Deputy Principal Sivarajah unveiled the new BMW X1 for the local market at the Laksamana College of Business Roadshow 2020 recently.

The car was awarded the highest-selling BMW X model in 2018, and has led the way in its segment as a whole over the same time period with 286,827 units delivered to customers.

Around 40 per cent of all BMW X1 cars were sold to owners in Europe, while one in 10 left the production line bound for the United States (US), which duly became its third-largest sales market. This car is set to add another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story with its bold, sporty, visually striking looks.

The new BMW X1 exudes a more dominant, imposing aura at the front end, in particular. Here, a larger BMW grille – the kidneys now merging in the centre – links up with new Adaptive LED headlights, including sharper light iconography and a bumper with integrated LED fog lamps and larger air intakes. PHOTO: BMW
Key to the BMW X1 increased appeal are pronounced design revisions, a high level of versatility and a host of cutting-edge equipment features. PHOTO: AZIZ IDRIS

The reasons for its sustained success 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. And it also outperforms, arguably, every other car in its segment by combining the driving pleasure for which BMW is renowned, with versatility, functional appeal and cutting-edge technology.

Ever since its arrival, the BMW X1 has made a compelling case for itself with its unmistakable design.

Key to its increased appeal are pronounced design revisions, a high level of versatility and a host of cutting-edge equipment features. Beneath the surface, meanwhile, powerful yet extremely efficient three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive are indicative of the driving pleasure on tap in the latest X1.

The new BMW X1 exudes a more dominant, imposing aura at the front end, in particular. Here, a larger BMW grille – the kidneys now merging in the centre – links up with new Adaptive LED headlights, including sharper light iconography and a bumper with integrated LED fog lamps and larger air intakes. The rear end of the X1 also houses new stylistic features. For example, the new inlay in the body-colour rear apron adopts the car’s main body colour. This new feature is included as standard and lends the rear end of the BMW X1 an even stronger sense of inherent class and coherence.

Another highlight can be found on the driver-side exterior mirror, which projects a two-tone LED ‘X1’ image when the car is unlocked. This is far from just a visual trick; it also makes getting into and out of the BMW X1 that much easier.

The BMW X1 xDrive25i is one of the top-performing models in the range in terms of dynamics.

Its 170 kW (231 hp) engine teams up with the precise eight-speed Steptronic transmission to propel the car down the road with unbridled vigour. It epitomises the multi-faceted sporting ability which distinguishes all BMW X1 models.

The xDrive25i races from 0 to 100km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds. Combined fuel consumption comes in at 6.8 – 6.3l/100km (41.5-44.8 mpg imp), combined CO2 emissions are 155-144 g/km.

The suspension, powered by the intelligent xDrive technology for BMW X1 provides all the fleet- footed agility familiar to customers, delivers precisely controllable handling and overall dynamics.

One of the highlights of the BMW X1 interior is the Control Display – a centrally mounted 6.5-inch screen is included as standard.

If a navigation system is specified, either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display – which can be operated using the BMW iDrive Controller, voice control or touchscreen technology – comes as part of the package.

The Control Display represents the ideal platform on which to explore the BMW X1’s richly varied infotainment offering and access the digital services from BMW ConnectedDrive. The latest versions of these are available as an option in the BMW X1.

The variant introduced in the market is BMW X1 sDrive18i xLine.

“We’re confident that the all new BMW X1 with its sporty, powerful design and a high level of dynamics and flexibility will be perfect for new adventures,” said BMW Brunei.