New BMW X1 ready for the local market

BMW’s smallest model in its X-range, the X1, is now available in South Africa.

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The new baby has grown a bit with a longer wheelbase and is a fraction wider than the outgoing model with two updated engine choices.

The X1 range slots in at the bottom end of BMW’s SUV that goes all the way up to the big X8. The face-lifted X1, like its predecessor, might be considered more of a crossover than an SUV, and BMW calls it a Sport Activity Vehicle.

What’s new?

The surface treatment, lines and exterior design details of the BMW X1 display its Sports Activity Vehicle identity more clearly than ever in its third model generation. Distinctive design features include almost square wheel arch contours and the signature BMW X model styling of the front and rear ends. The upright front end of the new BMW X1 gives it a much greater presence, with slim LED headlights, a large, almost square, BMW kidney grille and lots of chrome.

Initially available in a choice of one petrol and one diesel engine, these models will be followed in early 2023 by the all-electric BMW iX1 xDrive30e. The X1 sDrive18i and sDrive18d are linked to a seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch as standard and drive channelled to the front wheels. The market launch line-up comprises the sDrive18i powered with a 115 kW three-cylinder engine, and the sDrive18d whose four-cylinder diesel unit generates 110 kW.

There is also a reduction in weight, while rigidity has been increased, plus a long wheelbase, wider tracks than the preceding model, and targeted upgrades to the single-joint spring strut axle at the front and the three-link rear axle.

The robust aura of the new BMW X1 can be intensified to great effect with the specific design elements of the standard xLine model, which include underbody protection. The M Sport model, which is also offered as an alternative to base specification, places the focus firmly on dynamic driving pleasure with features such as its large cooling air inlets.

The newly developed seats are available with the option of the standard Sensatec perforated or Vernasca leather upholstery. Improvements have been made to both acoustic comfort and occupant protection.

The technological advances made in the new BMW X1 compared to the outgoing model are also evident in the far greater variety of automated driving and parking systems available for use.

The new BMW X1 also treats its occupants to the latest-generation BMW iDrive multi-sensory vehicle experience in the form of the standard-fit BMW Live Cockpit Professional Plus. Based on BMW Operating System 8, it comprises the BMW Curved Display with its state-of-the-art graphics and menu structure along with the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant that has now gained additional skills.


X1 sDrive18i xLine (R753 045.40), M Sport package (R793 045.40) and the X1 sDrive18d xLine (R790 616.60) and the M Sport package (R830 616.60). (October 2022).

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