Text and photos by Ronald delos Reyes
The third-generation BMW X1 has finally arrived in the Philippines. This time, it has upped its ante with a new sense of swagger, with its improved design, comfort and digital technologies.
The entry-level Sport Activity Vehicle’s (SAV) exterior design is further upgraded with its slim adaptive LED headlights, octagon-shaped BMW kidney grille, sharper lines with a mix of svelte front and side profiles, capped by 18-inch alloy wheels in the Star-spoke style 865.
Inside, its cabin design layout is a total revamp, highlighted by a new level of digital experience with its 10.7-inch infotainment screen and 10.25-inch information display. Equipped with the BMW Operating System 8.0, it utilizes touch and voice controls, adding more comfort and convenience for its occupants. It also features Perforated Sensatec upholstery, a sportier steering wheel, wireless charging pad and an eight-way power adjustable front seats with memory.
Meanwhile, under its hood is a 2.0-liter four-cylinder BMW Twin Power Turbo engine that produces 150hp and 350N-m of torque, mated to a seven-speed dual clutch automatic. It powers this luxury subcompact SAV from 0 to 100kph in just 8.9 seconds, while it is said to raise every jealous thrifty head’s eyebrow with a laudable 20 kilometer per liter fuel rating.
Safety-wise, it is equipped with a number advanced driver-assistance systems, such as automatic emergency braking, lane departure warning, lane keeping assist and BMW’s Parking Assist self-parking feature.
So far, for the sole local diesel variant, its exclusive BMW distributor, SMC Asia Car Distributors Corporation has priced the 2023 BMW X1 sDrive18d xLine at P3,890,000 that comes with a comprehensive five-year warranty.