BMW Malaysia has introduced the facelifted X1 here – the Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) is offered in sDrive20i guise as a CKD model, replacing the pre-facelift sDrive18i in our market.

The new sDrive20i is priced at RM238,800 (OTR without insurance, with BMW Service and Repair Inclusive), and will be available to buy at dealerships nationwide from November 10. The facelifted xDrive20d will only be available next year.

184 hp and 270 Nm of torque come from a 2.0 litre TwinPower Turbo petrol unit featuring twin-scroll turbocharging. The mill is enhanced by Valvetronic, start-stop and direct injection technologies. BMW’s eight-speeder helps the rear-wheel drive SAV get from 0-100 km/h in 7.7 seconds. Fuel consumption and CO2 emissions are a claimed 6.7 litres per 100 km and 157 grams per km respectively.

An interesting standard feature is ECO PRO mode, which governs efficiency by managing fuel consumption and energy used by the air conditioning system, amongst others. The driver will be able to see how much additional mileage is gained from ECO PRO through a Bonus Range Display in the on-board computer.

The interior is refreshed by items such as a reworked centre console and a new look sports steering wheel. The back seats split 40/20/40 – BMW says it is the only vehicle in its segment to have this as standard. Each part can be folded down jointly or individually and each backrest element also has ten settings from which passengers can adjust seating support angles.

Luggage capacity is 420 litres with the back seats up and 1,350 litres with all of them folded down. Exterior colour choices are Alpine White, Black Sapphire, Midnight Blue, Mineral Grey, Sparkling Bronze and Valencia Orange, while the interior leather can be had in either Nevada Beige or Nevada Black.

According to BMW Malaysia CEO Dr Gerhard Pils, over a thousand units of the X1 have found Malaysian homes since its 2010 local introduction. The facelifted X1 was first revealed half a year ago – more in-depth details on the rest of the range can be had in our earlier report.