BMW Malaysia has just announced that the BMW X1 is now assembled in their Kulim plant in Kedah. As with the CBU models that were available from launch, the new CKD X1 models continue to be available in a choice of a torquey xDrive20d turbodiesel with all-wheel drive and a rear wheel drive sDrive18i model.

There have been some changes to specs as well as price to the two cars. The X1 sDrive18i adds ront and rear Park Distance Control (PDC), interior and exterior mirrors with automatic anti-dazzle function and a new sports leather steering wheel and all new interior trim finishers. The price tag for the less-equipped BMW X1 sDrive18i CKD is now significantly lower than the CBU at RM238,800 versus RM263,800 before.

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The X1 xDrive20d with 177 horsepower, 350Nm while outputting 170g/km of CO2 emissions gets new 18 inch double spoke light alloy wheels, a new “Fineline wave” interior wood trim, and gets an iDrive screen with BMW Navigation Professional, Bluetooth connectivity and a better specced HiFi loudspeaker system. The xDrive20d has a RM1,000 cheaper price tag at RM298,800.

The first locally assembled BMW actually rolled out in 1983 at their assembly facility in Kuching, Sarawak. Then Sime Darby took over assembly at their AMI Shah Alam plant in 1987. The Kulim plant in Kedah rolled out their first car – an E90 BMW 3-Series in 2008.