On January 28 and 29, 2023, in Bengaluru, at the third BMW Joytown event, BMW plans to introduce the new-generation X1 SUV to the Indian market. Bookings for the new X1 are currently being accepted for the symbolic sum of Rs 50,000, which will increase to Rs 2 lakh once formal bookings begin. By March 2023, deliveries of the SUV are anticipated to start.
New BMW X1: exterior and interior design
The new BMW X1 features thin headlights with inverted L-shaped DRLs on either side of a prominent, chrome-heavy kidney grille. The flat door handles, and large wheel arches in profile are reminiscent of those on the new BMW 7 Series. The new X1 is longer than competitors like the Audi Q3 and slightly more significant than the previous generation in size.
The interior of the new-generation X1 is similar to that of the 2 Series Active Tourer marketed overseas. The inside has a curved display with a 10.7-inch touchscreen and a 10.25-inch digital instrument cluster, making it substantially more upscale than before. The cabin has extra room for passengers in the back seats and features a 500-litre boot.
New BMW X1: platform and engine options
The new X1 is built on the same FAAR architecture developed by BMW to support the new-generation Mini Countryman. In other countries, the X1 offers two 48V mild hybrid petrol engines and two 48V mild hybrid diesel engine options. They will be mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission. An all-wheel-drive system is available with more potent gasoline and diesel engines.
When it is released, the new X1 will compete with the current compact luxury SUVs, including the Mercedes-Benz GLA, the recently refreshed Volvo XC40, and the recently unveiled Audi Q3. Expect the new X1 to cost slightly more than the previous model; pricing will fall between Rs 45 lakh and Rs 50 lakh.
Four more BMW cars and SUVs launching next month
In January 2023, BMW will introduce five new models, including the updated X1. These include the redesigned X7, the revised BMW 3 Series Gran Limousine, the new 7 Series and its electric cousin, the i7.