BMW’s new baby


BMW X1 launched in India X1, which was first showcased at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. X1 stands on 3 series sedan platform and carries over the precise and nimble handling of the sedans such as 1 series and 3 series. The much expected baby BMW priced starting from Rs. 24 lakhs to Rs. 30 lakhs. In March, Peter Kronschnabl, BMW India president had said that the BMW X1 crossover would be launched in India in both petrol and diesel versions. The sales target for the company is 500 units, which we think it should be able to meet easily.

BMW X1 is a rear wheel drive SUV powered by a 2.0 litre diesel engine that churns out 177 bhp of power and 350 Nm of torque. It has a six-speed automatic transmission. BMW X1 will be the most affordable SUV from BMW but the cost cutting will reflect in the budgetary features list on this entry level SUV. X1 is expected to come in Corporate Edition and High Line variants. The BMW X1 takes its styling cues from its bigger siblings and offers a compact, sporty package. For 25 lakhs you get a driver-centric design features and quality of a BMW. The compact size does not mean that it is impractical – the rear row offers adequate seating for three adults. The latest BMW iDrive controller would be available in the X1.

BMW X1 Specification

Displacement     :    1995 cc, Common Rail Direct Injection, Diesel
Power            :    177 hp at4000 rpm
Torque:        :    350 Nm at 1750-3000 rpm
Drive Type        :    Rear Wheel Drive
Gearbox        :    6-speed, Manual
Top Speed        :    205 kmph
Acceleration        :    8.1 seconds (0 -100 kmph)
Front            :    Vented Discs
Rear            :    Vented Discs
Size            :    225/50 R17 94H
Length            :    4453 mm
Width            :    1796 mm
Height            :    1544 mm
Wheelbase        :    2758 mm
Ground Clearance    :    193 mm
Luggage Space        :    419 Litres