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BMW has stepped up the game in the entry-level luxury SUV segment with the unveiling of the third generation 2023 X1. The SUV, which has long been longing for a comprehensive upgrade, has been replaced with several standard features and a modern powertrain. On the outside, the 2023 BMW X1 flaunts premium character and advanced design elements. However, with the same general black trim as other models in the BMW X family, the design is more of an evolution rather than a revolution.

BMW X1 Engine

BMW offers the X1 2023 with both petrol and diesel engines. Petrol mills include 136PS and 218PS mild-hybrid units, while the diesel options are 150PS and 211PS mild-hybrid units. An all-electric iteration of the SUV, called the BMW ix1, is also available with dual electric motors and an all-wheel-drive system.

BMW X1 Design

The new BMW X1 is slightly bigger than its predecessor. There has been an increase of 43 mm in length and height and 23 mm in width. On the outside, the silhouette of the new BMW X1 is almost identical to the old second-generation model. But there are subtle changes. For example, the front kidney grille is not only bigger but also boxier than before with an attractive chrome surround. The bumper recesses are mainly finished in body colour with an L-shaped chrome insert (blue insert on the electric variant). The bottom grille and other bumper elements get the usual matte black finish. The short brushed silver skid plates have been retained. On the side, the design is almost the same as the outgoing model. But this time along with the bold crease, the edges are also looking sharp. The matte black side cladding and skid plates look slim and the body colour dominates most of the area. The window line gets the chrome treatment.

The 2023 BMW X1 gets new dual-tone alloy wheels with a spoke-like design in chrome with a black background. The design looks like an overlapping ‘V’ and gives a fresh and sporty look to the sides. The LED tail lamps have been completely redesigned. They not only look attractive and edgy but also stay under the number plate. The creases are more pronounced with the sporty rear spoiler. There are subtle changes to the rear bumper which now sports sharp elements.

BMW X1 Interior

On the inside, the 5-seater luxury SUV gets BMW’s latest iDrive8 infotainment system that comes with two integrated displays – a 10.25-inch instrument cluster and a 10.7-inch music and navigation system. There’s room for 2 cup holders and a wireless charger at the bottom of the screen. The X1 also gets an additional centre console, 4 USB-C ports, a 12-volt power socket in the cargo area and a Bluetooth interface as standard. As an option, there could be a 205-watt Harman Kardon Premium Audio System system with 12 speakers and a tweeter.

The newly developed seats are available with the option of both Senstech perforated and Vernasca leather upholstery. The boot capacity can be increased from 540 to a maximum of 1,600 litres. Other standard features include 2-zone automatic climate control, sport leather steering wheel and BMW Maps.

BMW X1 Rivals

The third-generation SUV will resume its rivalry with the Volvo XC40, Mercedes-Benz GLA and the 2022 Audi Q3.

BMW X1 Features

It gets a 10.25-inch digital driver display and a 10.7-inch infotainment system that runs on BMW’s latest iDrive operating system. Other features include a panoramic sunroof, dual-zone climate control and electrically adjustable front seats with memory and massage functions.

launch and price

BMW X1 is expected to be launched in February 2023. Prices of the compact SUV are likely to start from Rs 42 lakh (ex-showroom).

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