Revealed to the world back in June, it looks like its time for the second-generation BMW X1 to make its local debut, as BMW Malaysia begins a teaser campaign for the compact SUV, inviting members of the public to check out the car for yourselves this weekend.

The first public appearance of the new F48 BMW X1 will take place at the Quad @ TREC, a specially built-up area to host outdoor activities along Jalan Tun Razak, located between Zouk and Electric Boulevard. And as mentioned, the new X1 SUV will be showcased there on October 10 and 11.

The two teaser images don’t reveal too much of the car, apart from SUV’s new front end design, where the new headlamps and repositioned (lowered) fog lamps are apparent. Look closely, and you can also see the top of the new front bumper that was introduced on the compact SUV.


The second-gen BMW X1 is also the brand’s third model to be underpinned by the new UKL 1 architecture, a front-wheel drive platform that’s common to the RM219k 2 Series Active Tourer and the RM280k 2 Series Gran Tourer. In short, the new X1’s underpinnings also offers a taller ride, more interior spaciousness, and improved ride comfort.

This also means that for the first time, the compact BMW SUV can be had as a front-wheel drive model, should you opt against having the xDrive all-wheel drive system. This will of course depend on BMW Malaysia’s choice specifications for our market.

As discovered during our international test drive of the new X1, the SUV’s exterior design is what we’d consider to be far more appealing than its predecessor, offering a bolder yet more youthful approach in design, without sacrificing the purposefulness and stature of a true SUV.

We also know that the interior of the car has been vastly improved in comparison with what the previous model had to offer. As we discovered in Munich, there’s a barrage of new high-quality materials to be found, not to mention the slightly redesigned layout of the dash and availability of new trim and upholstery colour options.

Again, as much as we can and have already told you about the new X1, all that you’ll be able to look forward to this week onwards depends on how BMW Malaysia chooses to specify its local line-up for our market. What we can tell you is that this is one properly handsome compact SUV, and is expected to give the Mercedes-Benz GLA a good run for its money.

Currently, BMW Malaysia offers just two variants of the first-generation X1 for sale here, with prices starting from RM237,800 for the sDrive20i, and RM267,800 for the xDrive20d.