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BMW X1 updated for 2012

New X1 gets more efficient engines

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The new-look 2012 BMW X1

BMW has given its X1 crossover 4×4 a facelift. The new car receives some minor styling changes and more efficient diesel engines throughout the range.

The new X1 goes on sale in July this year, priced from £24,660.

Revised styling for X1

BMW’s latest X1 has revised headlights and a chunkier rear undertray, while the previous car’s black plastic bumpers have been replaced by more subtle painted items.

Inside, the X1’s cabin is more focused on the driver than before. Minor trim updates include gloss black plastic for the centre console, gearlever and some switchgear.

New xLine specification

Entry-level SE trim now gets Bluetooth and USB connectivity as standard, on top of the 17-inch alloy wheels and climate control already offered.

Sport and xLine specifications – both new to the X1 line-up – receive minor colour changes to the grille and exhaust pipes, plus 18-inch alloy wheels. M Sport guise still tops the X1 range, featuring a sportier body kit and leather sports seats as standard.

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The revised X1 will be priced from £24,660

BMW diesel engines only

Turbodiesels are the only the type of engine available in the X1. The entry-level version is BMW’s 141bhp two-wheel-drive 2.0-litre sDrive18d, costing £24,660. At 128g/km CO2, on-paper efficiency is improved over the old engine, dropping it into the £100 car tax (VED) band.

The most potent engine in the range – the 215bhp 2.0-litre xDrive25d – is available with four-wheel drive only and costs £31,860. Performance is strong, with 0-62mph taking 6.8 seconds.

Buyers looking for the most efficient X1 should go for the £26,090 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics. Returning a claimed 62.8mpg with 119g/km CO2 emissions, it attracts a car tax bill of just £30.

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