BMW X1 is HERE to Rock the Indian Roads!


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World famous - Bavarian Motor Works is planning to introduce X-1 SUV in India by 2011 which will give direct competition to Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva, Mitsubishi Outlander etc.

There are probabilities of this model to be displayed at upcoming Auto Expo and the car will offer rear wheel drive and a 1.8 Liter Petrol Engine under hood, Its expected pricing is said be around 25 Lakhs and sport the "Cheapest BMW in India" Tag.



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It will be one of the hot seller in the segment and "Brand Value" thingy comes here...
It might be "cheapest BMW in India" but the "most expensive car in the segment" to maintain.
 
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BMW to launch affordable SUV; new bigger X3 also on the cards




The Germans are coming! Till now, Japanese and American carmakers ruled the premium-SUV space here by selling their CR-Vs, Fortuners, Captivas, Pajeros and Outlanders. They didn’t have to worry about their Deutsche cousins who were sitting pretty in the fat cat segment of the market. But all that will change soon if the Munich-based carmaker BMW gets its act right. The iconic automobile manufacturer is all set to let the cat lose among the pigeons with the X1, its new and affordable crossover compact SUV.

A BMW India spokesman confirmed that the X1, which has been in the global market since October, would be launched here by early 2011. And according to top industry sources, BMW’s smallest SAV (sports activity vehicle) will sport a price tag of around Rs 25-35 lakh. “The right-hand drive configuration is being worked out,” says the spokesman. This is believed to be a bold yet clever move by BMW, which sells the X3, X5 and X6 here in the crossover-SUV category.

Incidentally, the company is also planning to roll out a fresh and bigger X3 next year to ward off competition from the new Audi Q5 and Mercedes-Benz’s latest and most petite SUV, the GLK. The X3, which was BMW’s smallest SAV before the launch of the X1, is increasingly being deemed passé with dated features and interiors. The new X3 will move into the mould of the bigger X5 with roomier innards and frills.


This will also help to increase the price gap between the X1 and the X3. Currently, the all-wheel drive (xDrive) X3 that is being imported as a completely built unit (CBU) and sold here comes with an ex-showroom price tag of roughly Rs 40 lakh.

The entry-level X1 on the other hand sports a rear-wheel drive (sDrive) and comes with a 1.8L gasoline engine. Overseas, a host of engine configurations are available for the X1 — 1.8L in diesel and petrol, 2.0L diesel, 2.3L diesel and 2.8L petrol. It still remains to be seen which ones make their way here. And as far as sales in this segment are concerned, premium carmakers are having a good time in this country.

For instance, with the X3 and X5, BMW has witnessed a growth of more than 100% in the April-October period this year on a y-o-y basis. Another German player Audi has also had a favourable experience with its two crossover-SUVs, the Q5 and the Q7. Says Abdul Majeed, leader, automotive practice at PricewaterhouseCoopers India: “The potential for the Rs 20-30 lakh segment looks fantastic at the moment.

For global carmakers, this is the place to be since almost two-third of their growth comes from developing countries, out of which India and China contributes 60-70%. Lifestyle changes and an urge to graduate to bigger cars will fuel sales in this category. It will be a smooth ride.”

Well, time to take the rough with the smooth then. Just keep your cheque books handy.

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Well this is great news!! With a price tag of 25-35 lakhs the CR-V will feel the heat now!! But want to know which engine makes its way here!! A 2.0L or 2.3L diesel will make sense!!

BMW might do well with a diesel engine under the hood!!
 
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Wow!

Now Rio will face heat as the competetion gets tougher :)

Good News for Premium SUV buyers!

If laucnhed at 25L CRV will not sell more than 1 unit in India!
 
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The cars wearing logos of BMW are the ones which most of the people would wish to buy if he/she can afford and what else will be a great news for them to know that a BMW is actually going much more affordable in India, X1 can shake the sales of current segment leaders.



BMW India has unveiled its smallest SUV yet, the BMW X1 at Auto Expo 2010. Powered by a 2.0-litre diesel engine and retailing at Rs 25 lakh (approx), the X1 will be the cheapest BMW in the country when it will go on sale in late 2010.
The SUV will be available with a 4x4 and a rear-wheel drive option and it’s the latter that will be the cheaper of the two. The compact SUV is based on the 3 series saloon and will be shipped to India as a CKD unit and will be assembled at the company’s plant in Chennai where the 3 series is built.

With a wheelbase of 2760mm and at 4454mm long the X1 opens up a new luxury segment in the compact Sports Utility Vehicle class. It will replace the BMW 320i as the cheapest luxury BMW in India and at this price tag, it will be around Rs 5lakh cheaper to the saloon.The X1 will extend the current BMW Sports Activity Series model lineup, currently consisting of the BMW X3, BMW X5, and the BMW X6.
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Well this is great news to hear! The cheapest BMW at an affordable price. Good that they gone in with the diesel engine under the hood.

Now CR-V faces some challenge here!
 

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Now thats a strong rival entering the premium SUV segment. ALmost all others of this segment will face heavy dents on their sales if we get this BMW with a 2.0/2.3L heart at 25lacs. Most of the buyers will go just becuase of that BMW LOGO. I would have if i had to buy and most importantly if i had the MONEY!
 
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Spied!!!

Below is a picture of BMW X1 spied at Chennai's Local Dealership and following are the specs of xDrive20d variant:


  • Four-cylinder diesel engine with all-aluminium crankcase,
  • variable intake geometry turbocharger and common rail direct fuel injection
  • Capacity: 1995cc
  • Max output: 177PS at 4000rpm
  • Max torque: 350Nm from 1750 – 3000rpm
  • Acceleration 0-100km/h: 8.4 s
  • Top speed: 205 km/h
So when are our Chennai members going to spot one?


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Well i will keep my eyes open , and am sure Surendar will spot one within a week's time![;)]

The Specs are interesting!!!
 
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The X1 is sure a looker! I thought it looks unique but not in a bad way! Interior space is also decent. I will post some pics later of X1 in the motor show
 
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