BMW brings in the new X1
By Ammar Alvi
24th February 2013 12:00 AM
German auto giant BMW recently launched the all new updated version of its entry level model in India, the X1. The model which has been a bestseller in India is gearing up for a new innings. Ammar Alvi checks out the new X1.
The BMW X1 got the kind of reception which the Munich-based German auto giant BMW had hoped for in India when it launched the vehicle. The company is now ready to offer to its customers two new and refreshing distinct X1 models: the BMW xLine and the BMW Sport Line, introduced for the first time in BMW X range.
There are several new upgrades and improvements, most importantly the combination of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with BMW EfficientDynamics. The new BMW X1 is produced Completely Knocked Down at the BMW Plant in Chennai. Its design is both elegant, yet also seriously sporty. Ascending lateral lines, a long wheelbase and short overhangs make it look all the more impressive. Fresh design elements comprise a new front apron, LED headlights, bumpers in body colour and side indicators integrated into the exterior mirrors.
According to Philipp von Sahr, President, BMW Group India, “As a first of its kind, the BMW X1 is a true trailblazer among the premium compact Sports Activity Vehicles. Blending a high level of agility and compact exterior dimensions, the new BMW X1 assumes a unique character.”
The interiors of the new BMW X1 spell some luxury and character. The cockpit is angled towards the driver and puts all the important controls within easy reach to provide a sense of personal control and comfort. The rear seats can be folded down in 40: 20: 40 configurations to increase the luggage capacity. Seats are electrically adjustable on both the driver and front seat passenger sides.
Sporty performance and great efficiency characterise the new BMW TwinPower Turbo diesel engine in the new BMW X1. The advanced engine with CommonRail direct injection enables an output of 135 184 hp accelerating from 0–100 km/hr in 7.9 seconds with the ability to achieve a top speed of 205 km/hr. At any time, in any gear, the new eight-speed automatic transmission collaborates perfectly with the engine, enabling it to develop its full power and efficiency. Packed with the revolutionary Servotronic technology, the Electric Power Steering of the new BMW X1 gives maximum control with minimum effort and increases fuel efficiency, using energy only during actual steering.
The new BMW X1 is available in a diesel variant and the prices range between `27.9 lakh and `32.5 lakh ex-showroom Delhi.
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