The international press drive of the new BMW X1 has just concluded, and you’ve read our test drive report from Austria; now Munich has released the official launch film of its second-generation compact Sports Activity Vehicle.

The storyline for the video is pretty predictable for a junior SUV targeted at the young and adventurous, and it features a trio of good looking friends heading out to the seaside from the city, in the new X1. From sea level, they take the F48 up a hill on a gravel trail. Nothing too serious in terms of terrain, of course.

The new X1 looks the part in the active lifestyle portrayed in the video. The F48 is shorter than its predecessor, but taller and wider than the wagon-like original. The new shape is finished with bold features for a substantial and handsome overall image, one that fits perfectly in the X range.

The car in the video is the xLine, which emphasises the new X1’s more rugged, traditional SUV outlook with matte aluminium kidney grille bars, matte silver accents for the air intakes, side skirts and underbody protection at both ends.

The alternative look is the Sport Line, which replaces the xLine’s silver bits with black or body colour. M Sport, with an aggressive aero kit and exclusive Estoril Blue exterior option, will be available.

The much-improved cabin of the F48 is rendered in earthy tones for the xLine, and we see “Mocha” Dakota leather and Oak Grain matte trim here; the latter is unpolished and looks posh. The Sport Line car we drove in Austria has aluminium trim with red accents (and yards of red stitching) on a black cabin.

We think that the X1’s new looks, improved cabin, and focus on space/practicality gives it plenty of showroom appeal. It drives well too, as you can read about here. Coming to Malaysia in the final quarter of this year.

F48 BMW X1 driven in Austria