The revised 2013 BMW X1 small SUV range has arrived in Australia, carrying lightly updated styling, new spec levels, and new engine options.
First unveiled at the New York Auto Show in April, the updated model is identified by new front and rear fascias, wing-mirror-mounted side indicators, and redesigned headlight reflectors.
Pricewise, the X1 range has shifted slightly upwards, now kicking off at $44,500 (up $600) for the new sDrive18d model in manual, and topping out at $61,400 (up $1520) for the new xDrive28i in automatic guise.
The 2013 X1 brings three new engines to the range, with only the all-wheel drive xDrive20d remaining from the previous model.
A new detuned sDrive18d version of the 2.0 litre turbodiesel joins forms the entry point to the range with 105kW and 320Nm.
This new engine also leads the range in fuel economy, returning an average 4.9l/100km in manual form and 5.0l/100km with the automatic optioned.
The now top-diesel xDrive20d engine has been massaged slightly to produce 135kW/380Nm (up 5kW/30Nm), and consumption drops by 0.8l to 5.4l/100 in automatic, with the manual option falling 0.3l to 5.5/100km.
Petrol options have expanded beyond the previous sDrive18i 2.0 litre naturally aspirated engine, to be replaced by two turbocharged 2.0 litre options.
The base petrol engine is now badged sDrive20i and is rear-wheel drive only. It produces 135kW and 270Nm (up 25kW and 70Nm) and returns an average 6.7l/100km in automatic guise (6.9l/100km in manual).
Top tier of the two petrol engines is the 180kW/350Nm xDrive28i all-wheel drive model, which has been available in Europe since January 2011.
In Australian trim, the xDrive28i returns 7.8l/100km in manual guise (7.3l/100km in automatic), but its key strength is the manual’s 6.1 second 0-100km performance.
Aside from three new engine options, all models benefit from the availability of a new eight-speed automatic transmission, replacing the previous six-speed unit.
All models now benefit from brake energy regeneration and start/stop technology, while manual models now come with the efficiency-advising ECO PRO mode as standard.
On the inside, specifications now include expanded use of soft touch plastics and chrome trim, along with automatic headlights and wipers now standard on all models.
All-wheel drive xDrive models benefit from standard 18 inch wheels and additional chrome exterior trim.
The optional M Sport package is also now joined by the xLine and Sport Line trim packages on X1 for the first time.
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sDrive20i 2.0 litre turbo petrol - six-speed manual - $46,500
sDrive20i 2.0 litre turbo petrol - eight-speed automatic - $49,193
xDrive28i 2.0 litre turbo petrol - six-speed manual - $57,800
xDrive28i 2.0 litre turbo petrol - eight-speed automatic - $61,400
sDrive18d 2.0 litre turbodiesel - six-speed manual - $44,500
sDrive18d 2.0 litre turbodiesel - eight-speed automatic - $47,193
xDrive20d 2.0 litre turbodiesel - six-speed manual - $54,500
xDrive20d 2.0 litre turbodiesel - eight-speed automatic - $57,193
Note: overseas model pictured.
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