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BMW Launches X1 Compact SUV in the Indian Market

By Motortrend India Staff   |   22 December,2010

BMW has launched its X1 compact SUV in the Indian market. The compact SUV will be available in three variants: Corporate Edition, Highline and Cool Elegance - the SUV will be powered by 1.8-litre petrol and 2.0-litre diesel engines.

The X1 sDrive 1.8i is powered by a 1995cc four cylinder petrol engine that develops 147.5 bhp of power and 20.4 kgm of max torque. The X1 sDrive 2.0d is equipped with a 1995cc four-cylinder diesel engine that gives close to 174bhp of power and an impressive 35.7kgm of max torque.

BMW India has launched the X1 as rear-wheel-drive only, which has helped the company price it in-line with its competitors. Much like the BMW 3 Series Corporate Edition, the X1 does not get some features, which are available in the Highline as well as the top-of-the-line Cool Elegance variant. The Corporate Edition lacks sunroof, i-drive interface, and 6-CD changer, and features only a single CD player. Instead of wood garnishing, the Corporate Edition gets simple black trim and fabric seats.

“The new BMW 'X1' sets the benchmark by bringing together features of a sports activity vehicle with spontaneous flexibility and outstanding fuel economy,” BMW India President Andreas Schaaf said.

The BMW X1 will be assembled at the company’s Chennai plant, where the 3 Series is also manufactured. With a wheelbase of 2760mm and at 4454mm long, the BMW X1 is ready to open up a new luxury segment in the compact SUV class. While the base 1.8i will retail at Rs 22 lakh, the 2.0-litre diesel base variant will cost Rs 23.9 lakh, the 2.0-liter Diesel Exclusive Variant is priced at Rs 29.90 lakh and the top-of-the-line Cool Elegance variant will retail at Rs 32.5 lakh.

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