X1 tweaked for looks and fuel efficiency

BMW has released full details for its new X1 range, which will include an EfficientDynamics model emitting 119g/km of CO2.

The exterior has been sharpened up and tweaked in many subtle ways, but the facelifted model is still very much recognisable.

Two new trim levels have been added in between BMW’s entry-level SE and range-topping M Sport options. Aiming to cater for a greater portion of potential customers, the new Sport and xLine trim choices offer a slight bias towards sportiness and luxury respectively.

Two two-litre diesel engines are available in a total of four power outputs, with no petrol powerplants at all. The entry-level ‘18d’ engine uses a single variable intake geometry turbocharger to provide faster throttle response and quicker turbo pick-up. It produces a peak of 141bhp and 236lb.ft for a 0-62mph dash time of 9.6 seconds in rear-wheel-drive ‘sDrive’ guise.

The 20d engine can be specified in EfficientDynamics tune as an sDrive model with slightly less power but gearing and engine dynamics that are optimised for efficiency. At 62.8mpg it achieves around 5mpg more than the standard two-wheel-drive X1 20d and will retail for the same price. Its CO2 figure is 119g/km, compared with the standard car’s 129g/km.

The range-topping ‘25d’ engine uses two turbochargers for an even broader, more potent spread of torque. With 215bhp and 332lb.ft, the latter of which is available from just 1,500rpm, the X1 25d takes just 6.8 seconds to get to 62mph.