BMW reveals details of new X1New baby off-roader will cost from £22,660

05 July 2009

BMW X1 to launch in UK

BMW X1 set for October launch

BMW has announced the details and pricing for its newest 'off-road' model - the X1. It will be available with diesel power only in the UK.

The new X1 slots in as the junior sports utility vehicle (SUV) in the BMW range, below the X3, the X5 and . It is the first such BMW to be offered with a rear-wheel drive only option in addition to the usual four-wheel-drive transmission - giving the X1 an even more on-road bias than its siblings.

The rear- and four-wheel drive versions are differentiated by title: sDrive for rear drive, the familiar xDrive for four.

Turbodiesel = eco-friendly

The decision to bring only turbodiesel versions of the BMW X1 into the UK has been made since the vast majority of existing BMW SUV customers choose diesel over petrol. The German manufacturer makes some of the very best turbodiesel engines available, so this is hardly likely to ruin the driving experience.

It is also great news for the X1’s environmental credentials.

All three of the engines offered are 2.0-litre, four cylinder units - despite being badged 18d, 20d and 23d. All are fitted with full range of BMW Efficient Dynamics technology, including Auto Start-Stop, another BMW X first.

136g/km CO2, 54.3mpg

BMW X1 will be diesel only

BMW X1 will be diesel only

The most efficient version is the sDrive18d, which offers 141bhp, 0-62mph in 9.6 seconds and 124mph top speed together with a remarkable 54.3mpg combined and just 136g/km CO2 emissions. The 175bhp sDrive20d is only just behind it, however - returning 53.3mpg while emitting just 139g/km CO2, despite 0-62mph in 8.1 seconds and an electronically limited 127mph flat out.

Four-wheel-drive xDrive is available on both these models, but it will be interesting to see how many people take it up - the penalties are an extra 14g/km CO2, nearly 5mpg fewer and reduced performance figures.

xDrive23d: 0-62 in 7.3 seconds

The range-topping 23d is xDrive only. Its 2.0-litre engine is fitted with twin turbochargers for impressive acceleration - 0-62 in 7.3 seconds. Again, top speed in limited to 127mph. It claims to deliver 44.8mpg combined and 167g/km CO2, meaning the xDrive23d remains remarkably green for an SUV.

The xDrive23d also comes as standard with a six-speed automatic gearbox; this is relegated to the options list for the others, in favour of a more eco-friendly six-speed manual.

SE only - on sale this year

Initially the X1 is only available in SE specification. BMW has neglected to clarify what equipment this includes exactly, but claims the X1’s interior offers generous passenger space for five, and up to 1,350 litres of boot space.

The BMW X1 goes on UK sale this October and is priced from £22,660 to £29,055.


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