New F48 BMW X1 coming to Malaysia sooner than you’d expect [+Gallery]

The successor to the first ever E84 BMW X1 was just introduced mid this year, but it may just arrive on our shores much earlier than any of us would expect. Munich’s littlest Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is a direct competitor to the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, though the new F48 X1 is all-new, ditching the previous RWD architecture for a simpler, lighter front-drive layout.

Many E84 owners found that the crossover lacked interior room, but this has been mitigated by adopting the company’s new UKL1 platform – one that also underpins the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. This means the engine will be mounted transversely, driving either the front wheels or all four wheels via xDrive.

Besides the refreshingly new look, the F48 X1 is shorter than the previous model. Thanks to its new platform, the SAV is 53mm taller and its wheelbase is stretched by a considerable length (90mm), hence the improved rear legroom and headroom.

Presently, there are four engines on offer; two diesel and two petrol mills. It’s unclear which of the six variants will be Malaysian bound, and the new brigade is comprised of the xDrive25d, xDrive 25i, xDrive20i, sDrive20i, xDrive20d and sDrive20d.BMW-X1-100


NameX1 sDrive20iX1 xDrive20iX1 xDrive25iX1 sDrive18dX1 xDrive20dX1 xDrive25d
Engine1,998cc; inline-4 with BMW TwinPower Turbo1,995cc; inline-4 with Variable Geometry Turbo
Transmission8-speed Steptronic auto6-spd manual or 8-spd auto8-speed Steptronic auto
Max Power192 hp192 hp231 hp150 hp190 hp231 hp
Max Torque280 Nm280 Nm350 Nm330 Nm400 Nm450 Nm
Top Speed225 km/h225 km/h235 km/h205 km/h219 km/h235 km/h

Inside, the X1 will either come with a 6.5-inch or 8.8-inch head unit, both operated via the all-familiar iDrive rotary dial. A six-speaker configuration comes as standard, however  a Harman Kardon HiFi 12-speaker system with a 360-Watt output digital amplifier can be specified as an option.BMW-X1-86

As the title reads, the X1 will be making its way here really soon. Be sure to watch this space!



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