The third-generation 2023 BMW X1 has finally made its debut in the Philippines, more than a year after its global debut. It’s now grown in every dimension compared to the outgoing model. Riding on the front-wheel drive (FWD) based architecture that’s shared with the 1 Series hatchback and 2 Series GranCoupe “four-door coupe”, but the migration to a new platform has enabled the X1 to not just be bigger than ever, but also more tech-laden than its predecessor.
Offered in the Philippines is the X1 sDrive18d xLine, which means you get a rugged exterior design as opposed to the sportier looks of the M Sport model. The kidney grilles are bigger than ever, but thankfully they’re not on the same scale that we see with the all-new 7 Series. The lower front fascia also has a chiseled effect with its chunky front bumpers. The side profile is also very upright, with the roofline now made boxier compared to previous generations. Complimenting it are a set of 18-inch wheels. At the rear, the X1 comes with L-shaped LED taillights and a rear fascia that’s also more aggressive than the previous generation model.
Inside, the 2023 BMW X1 comes with a vastly different dash design that incorporates the brand’s latest iDrive 8 infotainment system. This is housed in a curved glass display, with the main infotainment screen measuring 10.7 inches while the digital gauges measure 10.25 inches. Unfortunately, the X1’s iDrive 8 does not come with the controller knob that iDrive has always been known for, and the climate controls have also been migrated into the screen as well.
As mentioned, the variant being sold here is the sDrive18d xLine, which means it gets a 2.0-liter turbo diesel that produces 150 hp and 330 Nm of torque. This is sent to the front wheels via a 7-speed dual-clutch transmission.
Lastly, as for safety, the 2023 BMW X1 comes with a few advanced driver-assistance systems (ADAS) that include automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist, and BMW’s Parking Assistant self-parking feature. This comes on top of the usual suite of airbags and the reverse camera.
The 2023 BMW X1 sDrive18d xLine is now available on all BMW dealers at a price tag of P3,890,000.
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