The most basic rear-wheel-drive, petrol-powered sDrive18i now costs at MYR238,800 ($75,900) , offering a MYR25,000 ($7,950) saving compared with models that were imported into the country. The higher spec four-wheel-drive, diesel-powered xDrive20d offers much less of a bargain, as it is only MYR1,000 ($318) cheaper at MYR298,800 ($95,040).
Since its launch back in April 2010, BMW Malaysia has sold around 200 units of the fully-imported X1. The company expects the cheaper, more lavishly equipped X1 to double in sales in 2011. The company hopes to have three models in local production in 2011, including the 3-Series and 5-Series.
Introduced at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, the X1 shares its platform with the current 3-Series. Two engines are available on the market, a 2.0-liter turbodiesel unit in the four-wheel-drive xDrive20d generating 174 bhp at 4000 rpm and 350 Nm between 1750–3000 rpm, and a 2.0-liter petrol unit in the rear-wheel-drive sDrive18i producing 148 bhp at 6400 rpm and 200 Nm at 3600 rpm. Both are only available with six-speed automatic transmissions.