BMW pretty much hits bulls-eye with its small crossover, the X1. Compact dimensions, well packaged spacious interiors, a frugal and powerful diesel unit and all this with the snob value of the BMW badge meant that the X1 was just what we Indians were looking for. BMW has just given the X1 a nip and tuck just to make sure it continues to stay ahead of the competition.
Design wise, the X1 gets sharper with typical BMW proportions, expressive, vibrant surfaces and signature BMW X model design cues. A sweeping hood, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment emphasise the vehicle's dynamic talent, while attractive light and shade effects hint at its inherent agility. The versatility and robustness of a BMW X model are reflected in elements such as the black edging at the lower edge of the body and wide wheel arches. The distinctive profile of the X1 is defined by a main character line that rises steadily to the rear of the vehicle while another line visually extends the contours of the side window surrounds as it flows towards the rear. The pronounced side skirts – that are a signature feature of BMW X models and the powerfully bulging wheel arches add sporting flair. Finally, the turn signal indicators are now integrated into the newly designed exterior mirrors.
The insides get better too and create an even more vivid showcase of the sporty driving pleasure, cutting-edge versatility and premium feel this vehicle provides. The side of the center console angled towards the driver is now shallower, spotlighting the driver-focused nature of the cockpit design.
High-quality electroplated trim surrounding for the gearshift lever and center console cup holders, a chrome strip for the headlight switch and chrome touches for the side edging of the Control Display – when the optional navigation system is specified – all add the finishing touches to the interior's premium feel. Plus, the air vent surrounds are given a high-gloss black surface.Engines are likely to remain the same however, changes if any should be out soon.