The successful concept of transferring familiar BMW X features to the compact segment has since led to increased competition in the vehicle class spawned by the BMW X1. This lead is now being extended, the relationship between performance and fuel consumption has been further optimised thanks to engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, an eight speed automatic transmission that is unique in this segment, the Auto Start-Stop function, Brake Energy Regeneration, ECO PRO mode and a wider range of BMW Efficient Dynamics technology. Setting a particularly impressive example here is the BMW X1 sDrive20d Efficient Dynamics Edition with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 4.5 litres per 100 kilometres (62.7 mpg) and CO2 figures of 119 grams per kilometre.
The new BMW X1 also offers innovative individualisation possibilities for the exterior and the interior. Available for the first time, as an alternative to the basic trim level, are the BMW Lines with their exclusive, harmoniously matched design and equipment features. The BMW xLine particularly emphasises the robust versatility of the new BMW X1 while the BMW Sport Line accentuates its agility and dynamics. New design touches highlight its elegance, versatility and sportiness. Typical BMW proportions, expressive, vibrant surfaces and signature BMW X model design cues shape the appearance of the BMW X1. A sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment emphasise the car’s dynamic talent, while attractive light and shade effects hint at its inherent agility. The versatility and sturdiness of a BMW X model are reflected in elements such as the black bordering at the lower edge of the body and the muscular wheel arches.
When viewed from the front, the powerful stance of the new BMW X1 on the road and its aura of quality are now accentuated with even greater intensity. The path of the car’s lines, which converge on the licence plate mount from either side of the BMW kidney grille, follows the V-shaped contours of the bonnet, forging downwards and outwards in the lower section of the bumper to create the sweeping “X” familiar from the BMW X models in higher vehicle segments. The new tripartite air intake is likewise a feature shared by all BMW X models. The car’s striking lines go hand in hand with a detailed execution of the body’s surface styling, signalling a vivacious sporty character and lending the front apron a particularly premium appearance. The foglamps are now level with an extra crease line that forms a discreet scoop along the upper edge of the lights and continues into the side walls. The increased surface area painted in body colour similarly adds to the car’s elegance.
The new design headlights afford a detailed view of the car’s advanced light technology. In the upper area, a chrome-coated accent strip now cuts across the top of the twin circular headlights, while an LED accent light included as part of the optional xenon light package, complete with LED light rings for the daytime driving lights ensures the classic BMW focused look. The premium feel of the new BMW X1 is also underlined at the rear by the new subdivision of apron, bumper and underguard, with the repositioned reflectors now also bordered by surfaces painted in body colour. As a result, the black plastic elements are slimmer, while the silver-coloured underguard has a more striking surface structure. Furthermore, the contours of the tail lights featuring LEDs now flow harmoniously into the line of the tailgate handle. A stronger emphasis on the horizontal lines renders the rear broader and sportier in appearance.
The modifications to the design of the new BMW X1 interior create an even more vivid showcase of the sporty driving pleasure, cutting-edge versatility and premium feel this car provides. The side of the centre console angled towards the driver is now shallower and boasts a particularly high-grade surface quality. This sharply highlights the driver-focused principle of the cockpit design. The panel for the sound and climate system controls now has a high-gloss black surface to match the air vent surround. The new BMW X1 comes as standard with a storage compartment in the centre of the instrument panel. In vehicles featuring an optional navigation system, this houses the central Control Display for the iDrive operating system. Chrome accents on the side surrounds of the onboard monitor highlight this equipment feature. High quality electroplated surrounds for the gearshift lever and the centre console cup holder as well as a chrome clip on the headlight switch add the finishing touches to the interior’s exclusive ambience.