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08 December 2022
Category-A COE Friendly BMW X1 Launches In Singapore

Friendlier for the wallet with its Category A COE status, the all-new BMW X1 is poised to be an attractive option for buyers.


With COE premiums soaring to record-breaking prices, each dollar you can save goes a long way in owning a car nowadays. As such, Category A cars have always been an attractive option, due to their relatively cheaper prices. This is the all-new BMW X1’s trump card. This is also the very first BMW X model that falls under Category.

Friendlier for the wallet, the all-new BMW X1 features new tech, refreshed design language, and a frugal engine.

The 3rd-generation compact SUV is now longer, wider and taller than its predecessor. Thankfully, unlike some current BMW models, the BMW X1’s front grille is much more proportional, with its design extracted from the current generation X3 and 2 Series Active Tourer.

Sharper taillights add a refreshing touch to the rear, but otherwise, the BMW X1 is still the same desirable compact package. Another familiar trait of its predecessor is its practicality, where a generous 540-litre boot is able to take in a sizeable amount of cargo. Fold the rear seats down (which can be folded 40:20:40), and cargo capacity swells to a cavernous 1600 litres.

Two trim levels of the new BMW X1 sDrive16i will be coming to Singapore – the xLine or M Sport trim.

Inside, the most immediate difference is the new digital curved display, housing a pair of 10.7-inch control and 10.25-inch information display screens. A large wireless smartphone charger sits front and centre, similar to what you’ll find in one particular American EV brand. Strangely, all of that real estate can only fit one smartphone at a time.

BMW’s iDrive 8 with voice controls is included as standard, adding Augmented View (AR) functionality to the BMW X1’s navigation features. Whenever available, over-the-air updates allow for new features to be rolled out over the course of ownership.

Safety is a key feature of the BMW X1, and it comes with a host of driver-assistive systems. These include:

  • Cruise Control with brake function
  • Front-Collision Warning system
  • Reversing Assist Camera with Reversing Assistant

Also available as an option is the BMW Driving Assistant Plus package, which provides the following:

  • Lane Departure Warning
  • Rear Crossing Traffic warning
  • Rear Collision prevention
  • Exit warning
  • High-beam assistant
  • Speed Limit Info

Buyers can opt for this via a subscription-based service or a one-time purchase through the Remote Software Upgrades function.

Powering the new BMW X1 is a peppy 1.5-litre 3-cylinder turbocharged engine, providing a total output of 129bhp and 180Nm. This is currently the only variant available at launch.

“The BMW X1 has evolved in terms of design and technology and is more appealing than ever,” said Mr. Lars Nielsen, Managing Director, BMW Group Asia. “Customers appreciate its design, practicality, and driving performance, and have even more to look forward to now. Not only is the BMW X1 the first BMW X model to be offered with a Category A COE, customers are also offered 5-year BMW Service Inclusive Plus and BMW Extended Warranty as part of the standard offer. We are confident the all-new BMW X1 will make a strong statement and will be top of mind for SAV customers.”

Interested? The BMW X1 sDrive16i xLine will retail with a price tag of $243,888. You can also spring for the cooler M Sport trim at just a bit more pocket change, sitting at $245,888. Prices are accurate at the time of writing.


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