Luxury carmakers saw tremendous growth last year, with consumer demand growing drastically. Every luxury car maker, be it Mercedes-Benz, BMW, Audi, Volvo or JLR group, has ambitiously planned its strategies and launches for 2023 to boost its presence in the Indian market. Enthusiasts' favourite - BMW India, has launched its first car out of its eight launches in India for 2023 at the Banglore Joytown festival. Today, the third-gen BMW X1 launched at Rs 45.95 lakh for the petrol version and Rs 47.90 lakhs for the diesel version.
The dimensions of X1 have grown more than the outgoing version. It is 53mm longer, 24mm wider, and 44mm taller than the earlier model. The wheelbase has also been up by just 22mm. Now, with every new BMW coming into the market, the grille is getting bigger and bigger, and the new 2023 X1 is no different. The front fascia has now been revamped with L-shaped DRLs and angular creases to make it look sharper than before. The rear is now refreshed with slim LED tail lamps. On the sides, the major update apart from flush door handles is the new 18-inch alloy wheels.
The interiors of the X1 are highly revamped. It now gets a curved display that houses infotainment(10.7-inch) and instrument(10.2-inch) screens. The interiors and cabin design clues are borrowed from the top-of-the X7. It's BMW, so expect it to come with all bells and whistles - including ADAS safety features, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic sunroof, front massage seats and many more.
The 2023 BMW X1 will come with both engine options- petrol and diesel. The performance output of both engines has been downed to meet the updated RDE norms. The 1.5-litre petrol, 3-cylinder petrol engine now produces 135hp of power and 230Nm of torque and comes mated to a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. BMW claims X1 will deliver claimed fuel efficiency of 15.03km/l and can accelerate from 0-100 in 9.2 sec.
The diesel engine is more powerful than the petrol one, with a power output of 150 hp and 360Nm of torque from a 2.0-litre, four-cylinder engine. The diesel engine also comes mated with a 7-speed dual-clutch automatic gearbox. The diesel can sprint from 0-100 in 8.9sec and can ditch out claimed efficiency of 19.2km/l.
The entry-level Luxury SUV - BMW X1 rivals the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Volvo XC40. It also manages to compete against full-fledged bigger SUVs- Toyota Fortuner, Skoda Kodiaq, VW Tiguan and Jeep Meridian. Though these SUVs are cheaper than the X1, they come with an AWD option, whereas the X1 only comes with an FWD layout.