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Model: X1 xDrive23d SE
Engine: 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel
Maximum Power: 204 hp (150 kW) @ 4400 rpm
Maximum Torque: 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) @ 2000 rpm
Transmission: Six-speed automatic
Drivetrain: All-wheel drive
2010 BMW X1
BMW Press Release
2 July 2009
BMW created a new vehicle segment a decade ago when it launched the X5. That vehicle received critical acclaim at its launch and continues to this day as a market leader with 1.5 million sold worldwide. The popular X3 followed in 2004 and the X6 spawned a new niche in 2008. Now BMW is poised to introduce the next derivative of the X model line-up with the X1.
The new BMW X1 takes its key styling cues and practicality from the X5 but shrinks it into a more compact and affordable package. The vehicle’s elegant lines and command driving position echo its larger stablemate, while the five-seat configuration and 1,350 litre boot space provide outstanding load-lugging capability.
Power comes from a choice of three diesel engines and, for the first time on a BMW X product, the option to have rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) or four-wheel-drive (xDrive) intake geometry. Third generation common-rail diesel technology ensures optimum combustion.
The 1,995cc engine produces 143 hp while peak torque is 320 Nm from 1,750 rpm through to 2,500 rpm. This equates to a zero to 62 mph time of 9.6 seconds and a top speed of 124 mph for the rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive18d SE. The X1 xDrive18d SE posts figures of 10.1 seconds and a 121 mph top speed. Both models are exceptionally fuel efficient, capable of 54.3 mpg and 49.6 mpg on the combined cycle respectively. The engine is EU5 rated and records 136 g/km and 150 g/km CO2 emissions.
Offering a higher outright performance, the BMW sDrive20d SE and xDrive20d SE are also offered. Powered by the same 1,995cc engine but in a higher state of tune, these two models up the ante offering 177 hp and 350 Nm from 1,750 rpm to 3,000 rpm. This results in improved performance figures with zero to 62 mph attained in 8.1 seconds (8.4 for the xDrive20d) and a top speed of 127 mph.
As the flagship model the BMW xDrive23d SE is offered only as a four-wheel-drive variant. Still using a 2.0-litre engine, albeit with twin-turbocharger technology, this International Engine of the Year category winner provides rapid performance that defies the model’s Sports Activity Vehicle position. The 204 hp engine accelerates the X1 to 62 mph in just 7.3 seconds. The near flat torque curve with a peak output of 400 Nm from 2,000 rpm to 2,250rpm permits effortless overtaking. The xDrive23d SE is an EU5 rated vehicle that records 44.8 mpg on the combined cycle and CO2 emissions of 167 g/km.
Most BMW X1s come as standard with a six-speed manual gearbox. However, buyers of the xDrive23d have a six-speed Sport automatic gearbox with gear change paddles located a finger tip away from the steering wheel for sporty changes.
Auto Start-Stop for greater fuel efficiency
EfficientDynamics plays a part in the BMW X1 story with the introduction of Auto Start-Stop technology on an X product for the first time. Available on all manual transmission cars the system improves fuel consumption figures. The BMW X1 also has the full suite of EfficientDynmamics technologies including Brake Energy Regeneration, optimised aerodynamics, optimum shift indicator and on-demand use of ancillary units to name a few.
The design of the new BMW X1 is stylish and sporting yet practical. Sleek lines blend into flared wheel arches to underscore the car’s dynamic capabilities as does the tapered roof line and wide track. Short overhangs front and rear, typical of every BMW, ensure the best basis for optimum handling. The profile of the car belies an interior space that sees five adults seated comfortably along with their luggage.
Inside, and all the main controls and dashboard displays are angled towards the driver. A range of storage compartments, trays and large door pockets provides a variety of places to keep personal effects. An owner that specifies one of the two available satellite navigation systems featuring the latest iDrive display, controller and Favourite Buttons gains a slightly revised interior layout to accommodate the system. The interior of the BMW X1 can be further enhanced by opting for the new Design package. This sees Sport seats in Oyster Nevada leather, Anthracite headlining and Fineline Wave wood trim. The Oyster theme continuing to the lower part of the dashboard, all of the centre console and leather piping on the floor mats.
The BMW X1 goes on sale in the UK on 24 October, 2009 with the sDrive18d and xDrive18d variants following in December.