BMW’s powerful new ConnectedDrive suite on new X1 SAV looks the business
BMW today officially took the wraps off their new BMW X1 sDRIVE 20i Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). This premium front-wheel drive compact is powered by BMW’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system with a 2.0 litre, in-line 4 cylinder 1998cc petrol engine capable of 192HP @ 5000rpm and 280Nm/1,250rpm paired with an 8-speed automatic transmission with Steptronic. With this setup, the X1 is capable of a top speed of 225km/h and is able to go from 0 – 100km/h in 7.7 seconds with a fuel consumption of 5.9l per 100 kilometers.
The X1 has 18-inch light-alloy double spoke wheels, cruise control and notably has Leather Dakota upholstery lining its generously sized interior which also has 2-zone air conditioning along with a leather embellished steering wheel on top of electric adjustable front seats.
What makes the X1 stand out is the inclusion of BMW’s new ConnectedDrive service, a suite of features and connectivity tech that interacts with the X1 in many ways via an active data SIM card you add to the vehicle rather than the usual workaround of leeching data off a paired smartphone.
Of immediately practical use is that it’ll take data off a variety of sensors and let you know when your car is due for servicing and smartly assess what information is needed by the techs so that your next visit to the workshop is fsat and fuss free.
The ConnectedDrive services also has a Concierge Service on hand 24/7 that lets you call up a personal assistant who can help you find the nearest ATM, restaurant or hotel. The Connected Drive service is even smart enough to know if you get into a fender bender and transmits the X1’s current location and how bad the accident is so that help can arrive via a connection to the local regional BMW ConnectedDrive call centre.
The most interesting trick is their MY Remote app that lets you use your smartphone to lock and unlock the X1, and for those who are prone to forgetting where their car is parked – the ability to flash the headlights or sound the horn – all off your smartphone. That’s one seriously smart car indeed. The ConnectedDrive system is free for the first three years and alas cannot be retrofitted to older BMWs.
The X1 is available in Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Mineral Grey, Chestnut Bronze and Mediterranean Blue at RM279,800 on the road without insurance and comes bundled with BMW Malaysia’s latest 5-year Unlimited Warranty and Free Schedule Service Program. To find out more about their nifty ConnectedDrive service, swing by www.bmw.com.my/connecteddrive