In terms of design the new 2015 X1 looks a lot more different than the previous generation, and the most notable aspect in terms of modification is the increased height that has gone up by 53mm.The new X1 looks more muscular and well-sculpted. The front is defined by the large, upright BMW kidney grille, three-section lower air intake and characteristic “four-eyed” look formed by the twin circular head lights and fog lamps.
Coming to its looks, the robust proportions, sculpted surfaces and genre-specific design features clearly makes the car look more stylish and aggressive. To further that style cue BMW X1 includes LED daytime driving lights and for xLine and M Sport models full-LED headlights for low and high beam. This is optional for Sport line models. As for body colour customers can choose from two non-metallic and 11 metallic exterior paint finishes for their new BMW X1, while the Estoril Blue metallic shade is also offered exclusively for the M Sport model.
On the other hand the inside of the new X1 strikes a fine balance between driver focus features and practical elegance. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and centre console controls are angled towards the driver for absolute convenience. The instrument cluster, consisting of two circular instruments and framed by a small binnacle, also helps the driver to focus on the driving experience.
Additionally, the iDrive operating system’s Control Display comes in the form of a 6.5-inch or, optionally, 8.8-inch freestanding monitor. Navigation is standard on the new X1, as it is on all BMWs from September onwards. The rear seat bench comes as standard with a three-section split/folding backrest and is available as an option with the ability to slide forwards and backwards by 13cm. As for the interior trim, it comprises Dakota leather with perforated and contrast stitching, available in Mocha, Oyster, Black or Canberra beige with black accents and interior trim strips in high-gloss Black with accent strips in Pearl Gloss Chrome. This pack also benefits from LED headlights and heated front seats.
As far as mechanical upgrades go, the new BMW X1 comes with an all-new powertrain and chassis technology that comprised of front/transverse-mounted four-cylinder engines along with a newly developed BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system or an advanced front-wheel-drive configuration, depending on the model variant.
The new BMW X1 will be available in four engine options – one BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol unit and three diesel units, each with 2.0-litre displacement. The xDrive 20i’s four-cylinder petrol motor produces and peek power of 194.7 PS and peak torque of 280Nm, while the engine is mated to an eight-speed Steptronic transmission. Coming to the diesel units we have three variable xDrive 18d, xDrive 20d and xDrive 25d. The xDrive 18d offers a peek power of 152.1 PS and 320 Nm of peek torque, the xDrive 20d comes with 192.7 PS of peek power and 400 Nm of peek torque and the xDrive 25d offers a maximum power output of 234.2 PS and 450 Nm of peek torque. As for transmission duties, the 18d and 20d models come with both six-speed manual gearbox and eight-speed Steptronic transmission while the powerful 25d comes with eight-speed Steptronic transmission as standard and an optional six-speed manual gearbox.
The new 2015 X1 will go on sale in the international market towards the end of 2015 and with India being prospect market for BMW we can expect the new X1 to reach the Indian shores by the first quarter of 2016. Though there are no announcements about the price point as of yet, judging by BMW’s recent venture into localisation of cars, we can expect a aggressive pricing strategy from the German carmaker for India.