The BMW X1 has been revamped, overhauled – and extended with the addition of two new models: the Sport and xLine.
The changes are relatively minor, and are focused on making the face-lifted models more economical and emitting fewer of those pesky carbon dioxides.
The BMW X1 now has a painted face with a body-coloured X running across it. Apparently. We werent convinced that it was actually there at first, but if you peer hard enough you can just make it out. It takes a while though. But it is available in some new colours, although youll have to wait until nearer the release date to find out which ones they are!
There is also some extra plastic around the sills, wing mirror-mounted indicators, flared wheelarches, and a more prominent underbody guard.
The last of the changes are to the vehicles lights, which have been extensively massaged; there are new headlights (with Xenon being available as an option), LED rings, and updated fog lamp surrounds.
The changes are minor inside, which means that youll struggle to notice them.
The drivers side of the centre console is now shallower than before, and there is some new trim for the gearlever surround, sound system and air-con, cup-holder, and headlamp switch.(See. Not all car manufacturers over-egg the pudding; the changes are, indeed, minor.)
Four trim levels are now available: SE, Sport, xLine, and M Sport. SE gives you 17-inch alloys, air-con, Bluetooth, black roof rails, and a multi-function, leather-covered steering wheel. Sport adds a chrome exhaust trim, high-gloss black exterior trim, different seat material with red accents, and ambient lighting. Oh, and some red stitching.
xLine is the penultimate trim specification and shouts out with 1-inch bigger wheels, a chrome finish to the kidney grille, an aluminium finish to the exterior bits that are black in the Sport, leather seats, and Dark Copper trim.
The top-of-the-range M Sport gets Shadowline exterior trim rather than black or aluminium, sports seats up front, brushed aluminium trim, and dark grey headlining. Oh, and an M Sport steering wheel.
As its a BMW there is a vast range of further options available including cruise control, Xenon lights, and sat-nav.
There is better news in the engine department, with the release of a range of new diesel engines all of which are based on the 2.0-litre common-rail, twin-turbo unit.
You get power outputs that vary from 143hp in the 18d models, through 184hp in the 20d, and 218hp in the xDrive25d. The 0-62mph times are 9.6 seconds, 7.8 seconds, and 6.8 seconds respectively, with top speeds of 125mph, 136mph, and 142mph.
The 18d and 20d models can be had in both two-wheel and four-wheel-drive (xDrive in BMW-speak) models, although the xDrive25d is only available with all the wheels driven.
All models will return over 50mpg according to the official fuel figures, with the EfficientDynamics version topping 60mpg thanks to a range of small, but important fuel-saving tweaks.
They all get a six-speed manual gearbox as standard and all, except the EfficientDynamics versions, are also available with the new eight-speed Steptronic auto box as an extra-cost option.
Every rear-wheel-drive BMW X1 now emits less than 130g/km of carbon dioxide, something that is helped by the fitment of an ECO PRO mode, which adjusts various parameters to encourage a relaxed and efficient driving style.
Prices start at 24,660
Its not a new model, but if youre on the executive ladder to success then the changes to the X1 will provide some watercooler-moments and, no doubt, some salivating.
Others might be better off considering some of the BMWs rivals, including the VW Tiguan and the Audi Q3, before they write the deposit cheque.
The face-lifted BMW X1 will be available from July 2012.
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