BMW is adding another ‘X’ in its family SUVs box! Following in the tyre tracks of the X5, X3 and X6 comes the X1 – the Baby
of the range and the fourth X model in the firm’s portfolio.
These first official pictures reveal the newcomer is virtually identical to the concept, with conservative styling that looks strikingly similar to the X3. In fact, it’s only 10cm shorter.
For the first time on an X model, BMW is offering a choice of rear or four-wheel-drive variants, badged sDrive and xDrive respectively. The X1 also marks the SUV debut for the firm’s Auto Start-Stop and Brake Energy Regeneration technology – albeit only on manual cars. Other options include sat-nav, the iDrive cabin control system and a host of stowage compartments throughout the interior. There’s also a design package, bringing sports seats and upgraded trim.
The X1 is a strict five-seater, and prices start at £22,600 for the sDrive 18d. This is the most economical model, with its 143bhp 2.0-litre four-cylinder diesel promising 54.3mpg. xDrive versions with the same powerplant start at £23,940.
Topping the range will be the 23d. This 4WD-only car has a 204bhp 2.0-litre twin-turbo engine, and costs £29,055.
All cars come in SE trim, and there will be no petrol option in the UK at the launch in late October. A six-speed manual gearbox is standard on all models except the xDrive23d. It gets a six-speed Sport automatic transmission with paddleshift changes.