The BMW X1 in Australia

A new BMW X1 has been released in Australia, with plenty of hype to go with it. Many fans will be happy, since the X-Series has been so successful in the country over the last few years.

It has been the X3 and X5 models which have proved to be a great success over the years. However the X1 has caught up in recent times. Over 15,000 X models have been sold in the country in the last decade. In only two and a half years, 6000 X1 models were sold. Altogether, X series vehicles now account for 40 per cent of the total volume of BMW sales in Australia.

So why the sudden rise in X1 popularity? BMW have done a good job of getting customers to switch away from rivals. The rivalry includes the likes of the Audi Q3 and the Range Rover Evoque. Mercedes-Benz is also in the hunt with their GLK model.

The model was due for a re-design, despite its recent success. The X1 is about to be released in the United States for the first time, making the necessity of a revamp more important. Not only has the vehicle been redesigned on the outside, it will also have more mechanical enhancements too. A brand new eight speed transmission gearbox will be installed. A six speed manual will be the standard gearbox for most of the range. Most customers will pay the extra chunk to an automatic option it is believed. This will provide the car with more smoothness and a better drive overall.

In Australia the vehicle will cost $44,900, which is $100 more than the Audi Q3, a fair price in our opinion.  The sDrive18d hits 0 – 62 MPH in only 8.1 seconds.

The petrol models come with the same 2.0 litre four cylinder petrol engine, coming with a twin scroll turbocharger.

Saving fuel is now an all important factor across all car markets. The BMW X1 comes with an Eco-Pro button which delivers the best fuel economy possible. The throttle and gear shifts are adjusted to ensure as much fuel is saved as possible.

Naturally sitting lower than the X3, the vehicle has a great sporty feel about it. Being fixed lower to the road, the vehicle offers wonderful handling.