February is set to be a busy month for SMC Asian Car Distributors Corp., the official distributor of BMW in the Philippines, as the German luxury brand is unveiling the all-new 1 Series, facelifted X1 on February 21, 2020.
To those who are keeping tabs on BMW’s latest models globally, the all-new 1 Series migrates to a front-wheel-drive (FWD) architecture that’s shared with the BMW X1, 2 Series Active Tourer, 2 Series Grand Tourer, and the all-new 2 Series GranCoupe. This is evident with the proportions as the premium hatch’s hood is shorter relative to its dimensions when compared to its rear-wheel-drive predecessors.
The exterior has been significantly overhauled, featuring a larger kidney grille and diagonally-aligned headlights. It also has a strong resemblance with the BMW X2 due to its sloping roofline and the overall profile of its windows, especially at the C-pillar. Large LED tail light clusters highlight the car’s width, giving it a more planted stance.
One benefit of switching to an FWD a platform is significantly increased space, and the all-new 1 Series definitely benefits from that. Additionally, cabin tech has been improved with the addition of various tech features that used to be reserved in the brand’s more expensive models, such as the new iDrive 7 infotainment system and optional digital instrument cluster. BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant also makes an appearance in the all-new 1 Series as a means of intuitively communicating with the car through your voice.
In global markets, the all-new 1 Series comes in 116d, 118d, 120d xDrive, 118i, and M135i guises. xDrive AWD is optional except for the 120d and range-topping M135i. A 6-speed manual is standard on the 116d, 118d, and 118i, while a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission can be fitted to the 116d and 118i. The 118d, 120d xDrive, and M135i can be had with the 8-speed automatic. The range-topping M135i, contrary to what the name suggests, is not an inline-6 turbo engine anymore. Instead, it uses BMW’s most powerful inline-4 to date, producing 302 hp and 450 Nm of torque, enabling the M135i to sprint to 100 kph in just 4.8 seconds.
Now, as for the BMW X1, it gets a heavily refreshed exterior courtesy of a larger grille, revised LED headlights, new front bumpers, as well as new alloy wheel designs. The rear fascia also gets a new pair of LED taillights that bring it in line with BMW’s current product portfolio.
Interior changes are much more modest, which include, but not limited to, improved interior trimmings and switchgear, as well an updated version of BMW’s iDrive infotainment system, though this is not the brand’s latest iDrive 7.
Globally, the facelifted BMW X1 can be had with an assortment of petrol and diesel engines. The diesel engine line-up all feature the same 2.0-liter engine in different states of tune, with figures ranging from 114 hp to 228 hp and 270 Nm to 450 Nm. Meanwhile, the petrol line-up consists of a range of inline-3 and inline-4 turbo engines, with figures ranging from 141 hp to 228 hp and 220 Nm to 350 Nm.
The highlight for the refreshed X1 in overseas markets is the addition of a plug-in hybrid variant, which combines a 123 hp and 220 Nm 1.3-liter inline-3 turbo petrol engine powering the front wheels and a 94 hp and 165 Nm electric motor driving the rear wheels. Equipped with a 9.7 kWh battery pack, the X1 plug-in hybrid has a claimed 50-kilometer pure electric range.
Final pricing and specs for our market have not yet been revealed, so all we could do for now is show you what these two models are offering in overseas markets. Also, the launch of these two models marks the first day of the BMW Joyfest 2020. Be one of the first to see BMW’s latest vehicles when you drop by the BMW Pavilion at Papa Bear Activity Center, Bonifacio High Street, Taguig.