BMW introduced its X1 Series to India in the Auto Expo of 2010, Delhi. It is the cheapest Sports Utility Vehicle offering to India, by BMW. It`s more of a crossover SUV than a serious SUV, which combines the best mix of performance and luxury-oriented features of a car platform with the features of a SUV. BMW launched X1 Series, eventually at the end of year in December, 2010.
BXW X1 Series Indian edition is a Complete Knock down(CKD) version, whose various parts or kit are imported to BMW India, from main BMW manufacturing unit and are assembled at the plant located inChennai, India. The X1 Series is based on the same platform as BMW 3 Series, E91 - Touring. In International market, BMW X1 Series is present with both rear-wheel drive(sDrive) and all-wheel drive(xDrive), however, in India it is only available with rear-wheel drive(sDrive).
In India BMW X1 Series, was primarily launched with one petrol and two diesel models. But as of February 2013, has upgraded the X1 Series which was earlier showcased in New York Auto Show 2012. Now, BMW X1 series is available only in 3 diesel models - X1 20d, 20d Sport Line and 20d xLine. The new X1 series is available in price range of Rs.28.60 for the base model to Rs.33.40 for top variant.
The BMW X1 Series takes its exterior design cues from sedanand overall design in terms of space, being of SUV. The front wears the upright kidney grille with vertical slats all done in chrome finish. The face of X1 series has an imposing nature with the LED technology in the double-rounded headlights with chrome elements, in fog lights as well. The front bumper has been redone with lower end getting skirts below the air intakes, rather skirting have been done on all sides.
From side view, BMW X1 Series is oozing with style and dynamics, as it has ascending lateral lines with BMW`s Hofmeister kink, long wheelbase, high roofline and short overhangs. The long wheelbase of 2760mm and ground clearance of 179mm gives X1 Series a heavy and sturdy looks with 17inch alloy wheels housed in huge wheel arches. The ORVM`s are heated, tinted and electronically adjustable. The length of X1 Series is 4454mm, width is 2044mm and height is 1545 mm.
The rear of X1 series has subtle sloping finishes with tail gate maintaining a finishing trail to its designs and styles, by having a slick and thin rear spoiler. It has impressive tail lights with L-shaped steeper design divided between tail gate and rear frame.BMW has never stallingcraftsmanship, for a perpetual process of refinement in aesthetics and dynamics.
The interior has all the looks thatmatch its class. The cabin is full of high class brand-specific features and compounding the overall characteristics of a sedan luxury plus the SUV genes. The interiors are flushed with A-class artistry and quality materials. The dashboard has a dual-tone looks, comprising central console, AC vents, instrumentation cluster, glove box, audio system, etc. The instrument panel is full of BMW character. It has twin-dial tachometer, speedometer, fuel gauge, etc. The multi-function steering wheel with anti-slip leather, matte wood finish and multi-colour ambient lighting all perfectly matching and with attractive look and feel, emphasizes at right levels of details.
All the elements of central console are also nicely and adeptly arranged to give the driver perfect and clear driving experience. The cabin is very well spaced with occupants getting required room for their head, shoulder and knee. The front arm rests have the control features to adjust the seats. The seat belts in front have pyrotechnical belt latch tensioner, inertia reel and belt force limiter. There are sockets provided at central console and in armrest.
The X1 series is powered by the TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel engine, with displacement of 1995cc, producing impressive 380Nm @1750-2750rpm, mated with slick 8-speed automatic Steptronic gearbox, giving pure driving feel. It unleashes the power and accelerates from 0-100kmph in 7.9secs and BMW guarantees a mileage of 17.05kmpl with CO2 emission of 156.01g/km.
X1 has all this features for efficiency - ECO PRO mode which helps you achieve efficient driving style. The Auto Start-Stop function lets engine adjust to the driving and traffic conditions in city, avoid unnecessary fuel consumption at temporary stoppages. The regenerative braking system helps less energy loss during braking. The Electronic power steering activates when only it is needed.
X1 takes both aspect of safety in total detail whether it is active or passive safety. BMW X1 series has all safety features to give driver full driving focus with fine-tuned brakes, engine management and suspension. It also has superior protection system by giving passengers a controlled deformation of the cabin in case of fatal collision.