Keen on maintaining momentum from last year, BMW Philippines is introducing not one but two new models in 2020. One is an updated version of a popular crossover while the other is a totally redesigned model. These are the X1 and all-new 1 Series.
Starting with the X1, BMW gave the small luxury crossover tweaks inside and out last year and that model has arrived in the country.
So what did BMW change on the X1? For starters, the crossover gets a bolder and wider front grill. Meanwhile, the LED headlights now adopt a sharper look that complements the sportier-looking corner air intakes on the front bumper. Around the back, the changes are less noticeable as the LED headlights appear to be the only ones that received revisions. Finally, the X1 now rolls on stylish 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels.
While the exterior gets noticeable changes, the revisions on the X1's interior are far more subtle. From the center stack, instrument panel, and dashboard design, everything pretty much remains the same. However, BMW did give the X1 a new gear selector, new contrast stitching on the instrument panel and floor mats, additional metal accents and piano black trimmings, along with fine leather upholstery.
Under the hood, the updated X1 is powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo diesel engine. It musters 150 PS along with 330 Nm of torque. Power is then sent to the front wheels via an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The refreshed X1 wasn't the only thing BMW Philippines recently revealed. Alongside the crossover is the 2020 BMW 1 Series.
Now riding on the UKL platform (which is also seeing use in Mini), the 2020 1 Series has shifted from rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive. With it, the automaker claims the hatchback has more cabin space and rear legroom, as well as improved cargo capacity than its predecessor.
As far as its looks are concerned, the new BMW 1 Series borrows several styling cues from the 2 Series Active Tourer and X1. It gets a wide front kidney grill, a sleek set of headlights, large alloy wheels, and a sloping rear roofline that tapers into the tailgate. It is then topped off with unique L-shaped LED taillights.
Instead of just borrowing the X1's interior, the all-new 1 Series gets its own cabin design. While it still has the classic driver-oriented stack as other BMWs, the curves and overall shape of the 1 Series is unique only to this model. Like the rest of BMW's lineup, 1 Series drivers are treated to a fully-digital instrument panel which can show navigation, media information, and instrument gauges simultaneously. Also present are the dual-zone automatic climate control system, and the latest iDrive infotainment system with navigation.
The 2020 1 Series is powered by a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder that makes 140 PS along with 220 Nm of torque. It then shifts via a seven-speed dual-clutch transmission. BMW claims this boosted inline-three can do the 0 to 100 km/h sprint in 8.5 seconds.
Local-spec 118i hatchbacks come equipped with the Sport Line exterior package. Instead of chrome, there are gloss black highlights from the front to the rear. These include the fog light housings, window trimmings, and rear garnish. The interior on the other hand is trimmed in leather and more sporty highlights are seen throughout the cabin.
Prefer your 1 Series with a bit more oomph? There's also the M135i xDrive. Instead of a 1.5-liter engine, this one comes with a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo that churns out 306 PS along with a meaty 450 Nm of torque. This allows it to sprint from 0 - 100 km/h 4.8 seconds and reach an electronically-limited top speed of 250 km/h.
Besides having a more powerful engine, it also gets M goodies, of course. These include the M performance package, M Sport brakes, M aerodynamic package, and M interior appointments.
Prices for these two new BMW models are as follows:
X1 sDrive18d: Php3,090,000
118i Sport Line: Php2,690,000
M135i xDrive: Php4,590,000