Published on October 9th, 2015 | by Subhash Nair


BMW Group Malaysia Introduces the All-New BMW X1

BMW Group Malaysia today unveiled the second generation of its successful premium compact Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV), the all-new BMW X1 sDrive 20i. As the successor to the model that blazed the trail in the premium compact segment, the all-new BMW X1 takes the stage with an body design straight out of the BMW X model mould by carrying rugged proportions and impressive variability. The interior, meanwhile, offers significantly more space with a cutting-edge premium ambience and functionality grounded in solid engineering. Alongside its industry leading driving dynamics and efficiency, the all-new BMW X1 is also fitted with a host of innovative equipment features; all of which combine to secure its stand-out position as the urban all-rounder.


The all-new BMW X1 is made available in the Sport Line variant and is the first BMW X model to be created on the new, efficiency-optimised front-wheel drive platform from the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system. Other distinctive highlights of the all-new BMW X1 sDrive20i include the latest, powerful and highly efficient four-cylinder engine, all-new chassis technology, newly designed interior with significantly improved space and versatility, and a new segment leading, comprehensive BMW ConnectedDrive suite of technologies – the first in the Malaysian premium segment.

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As the sportiest SAV in its class, the all-new BMW X1 symbolises ruggedness and athleticism with its dynamic wedge shape, angular wheel arches and a more central position of the occupant cell. Its front end dones a rugged interpretation of the kidney grille and the characteristic “six-eyed” appearance formed by the twin circular headlights. Its headlights with LED headlights also highlights an extended range of features including LED daytime running lights and parking lights, cornering lights, adaptive light distribution and LED rear lights. Its rear meanwhile features wide taillights in typical BMW L-shaped light strips. The all-new BMW X1 also features 18” double spoke light alloy wheels as a standard offer with the Sport Line package.


At 4,439 millimetres long, 1,821 millimetres wide and 1,598 millimetres tall, the proportions of the all-new BMW X1 follow the Sports Activity Vehicle blueprint in compact form. However, with 53 millimetres of growth in height, the all-new BMW X1 offers superb spaciousness in its interior. The multitalented model not only offers more space for passengers and luggage, but it also impresses with additional versatility when it comes to utilising its load-carrying capacity.


The most notable progress, however, in the areas of functionality, safety and comfort of the all-new BMW X1 is the raised seating position by 40 millimetres; thus offering both the driver and passengers a number of benefits. Among the many is an outstanding all-round view, which simultaneouly brings added safety in road traffic. Entering and leaving the all-new BMW X1 also become substantially more convenient for all passengers. In combination with the lowered position of the intrument panel and large window surfaces, the elevated view creates a pleasantly generous sense of spaciousness.


While the all-new BMW X1 impresses everyday urban life with its compact exterior dimenions, concealed behind that is far more than possibly imagined. Due to the front-wheel drive platform and the transverse engine, the all-new BMW X1 has an interior that is especially spacious and versatile. An additional 37 millimetres of legroom for rear-seat passengers for example, takes comfort in the all-new BMW X1 to a new level. Further to this a 40/20/40-split folding rear seatback as a standard feature allows for increased seating comfort in the rear or increased luggage capacity from 505 to 1,550 litres.


Additional features in the all-new BMW X1 include air conditioning in the rear, a sports leather steering wheel, sports seats, an electric parking brake, two cup holders in the front with roller-blind closure, storage compartment package with features such as storage compartments under the front seats, storage nets on the front seatbacks, and a rear centre armrest with cup holders, among others.


The all-new BMW X1 uses an all-new powertrain that is the transverse-mounted four-cylinder engines from the BMW Group’s latest generation of power units. This converts into dynamic propulsion on the road and assured driving pleasure on loose terrain with the new dynamics-optimised front-wheel drive configuration. The engine powering the all-new BMW X1 sDrive20i is a 2.0-litre displacement unit and with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology, is able to develop a maximum output of 192 hp and peak torque of 280 Nm. Its instantaneous pulling power enables acceleration of 0 to 100 km/h in 7.7 seconds at a top speed of 225 km/h. The average fuel consumption is 5.9 litres per 100 kilometres, while C02 emissions stand at 136 grams per kilometre.

The enhanced driving pleasure with reduced fuel consumption of the all-new BMW X1 does not stop there. In combination with the latest-generation BMW EfficientDynamics engine, the all-new BMW X1 also combines the use of BMW EfficientLightweight and sophisticated aerodynamics to further minimise drag and increase the exemplary fuel efficiency of the all-new BMW X1.


This is made possible with an intelligent mix of materials which combines high-strength steel and lightweight aluminium to allow increased agility, lower vibrations and enhanced safety with optimised vehicle weight. The bonnet, bumpers and many other chassis components are made of aluminium while the air vent control, Air Curtains and wind deflectors on the wheel arches, as well as a largely smooth underbody and aeroblades on the rear enable a drag coefficient (Cd) value of as low as 0.28.


Rounding off the combination of the economical BMW TwinPower Turbo engine, intelligent lightweight construction and sophisticated aerodynamics are additional BMW EfficientDynamics technologies such as the Automatic Start/Stop function and ECO PRO mode. The all-new BMW X1 also promises the BMW hallmarks of superior agility and sporting dynamism. With a newly developed front axle, the all-new BMW X1 performs agile cornering and receives precise steering feedback with the Servotronic power steering. The multilink rear suspension meanwhile, is specifically tuned to meet the hallmark BMW requirements for front-wheel drive vehicles, which also further enhances the vehicle’s superb dynamic potential. Subsequently, even more agility and directional stability can be achieved with  BMW Performance Control.


The class-leading and richly varied selection of driver assistance systems and mobility services from BMW ConnectedDrive in the all-new BMW X1 is now raised to a new benchmark, making the premium compact SAV the most technologically advanced vehicle in its segment. BMW ConnectedDrive in the all-new BMW X1 offers BMW ConnectedDrive Services & Apps as well as BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems.


The new BMW ConnectedDrive Services and Apps available in the all-new BMW X1 allows the use of the BMW Online internet portal via a SIM card embedded in the vehicle, as well as the integration of smartphone apps into the car. These include; Intelligent Emergency Call which automatically establishes a connection with the nearest rescue coordination centre through the BMW Call Centre whenever needed – without the use of a mobile phone. It transmits information regarding the vehicle’s current location and the severity of the accident, and can also be triggered manually in case other road users require help.


Concierge Services can be accessed at the push of a button and the driver will be connected with a BMW Call Centre who acts as their “personal assistant” on the road. Whether the destination is a particular restaurant, the nearest ATM or a hotel, the BMW Call Centre agent will be able to assist 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Information of the desired destination can then be sent directly to the navigation system.


Remote Services allow drivers to transform their smartphones into an intelligent and convenient remote control for their vehicle, via the MY Remote app. Locking and unlocking the car for example, can be operated remotely. The headlights of the vehicle can also be flashed or the horn can be sounded using the smartphone in the case the vehicle is not located.

The BMW ConnectedDrive Driver Assistance systems, meanwhile, includes:

Intelligent Parking capabilities with Parking Assistant which makes parking parallel to the road easier. Whether activated or not, the system measures potential spaces while driving past at a low speed below 35 km/h and at a maximum distance of 1.5 metre from the row of parked cars. When a large enough gap has been found, the driver simply turns on the indicator and the Parking Assistant takes over the steering, while the driver continues to operate the accelerator, gears and brakes. The system also gives instructions in the Control Display and additional acoustic signals. These will enable the driver to stay relaxed and enjoy greater safety while parking. BMW Navigation Professional with 6.5” Control Display and iDrive Controller, which enables intuitive and convenient operation of the iDrive system.

The all-new BMW X1 is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, Chestnut Bronze and Mediterranean Blue, with a range of Leather Dakota upholstery colour choices including Black, Red highlight and Mocha. The retail price on the road, without insurance with BMW Malaysia’s latest 5 Years Unlimited Mileage Warranty and Free Scheduled Service Program of the all-the BMW X1 sDrive20i is RM 279, 800.00

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