BMW Malaysia has introduced the facelifted version of its smallest SAV, the X1 to our shore, following its world debut last May. The introduction of the updated X1 also signalled the end of the entry level version sDrive18i powered by naturally-aspirated 1,995cc lump punching out 150hp and 200Nm. The entry-level model is now sDrive20i, priced similarly at RM238,800, but now propelled by the turbocharged 2.0L Twin Power unit producing a healthy 184hp and 270Nm, so the gasoline version of the X1 is now reasonably powerful.
As described in May, the updated X1 received a host of enhancement. BMW has updated the front end with revised front bumper design sporting more angular three lower grille. While the high-mounted front fog lamp remains, but the bumper is more angular in its execution. Combined with larger twin-kidney grille, BMW X1 now has a more muscular front end presentation. Elsewhere around the exterior, the side mirror has been replaced with the boxier item featuring LED indicator. Meanwhile, the rear end revision is very minor. The tail lamps has been retained, while the lower section of the bumper has a smaller black cladding. As a results, the rear reflector is now the bumper section, instead of being fixed together with the blackened bumper garnish. In the interior department, the cabin has been reworked minimally with the new steering wheel design that is more in-line with recent BMW model. The classy touch has also been added to the i-Drive screen with chromed accents on the outer edge of the screen.