Saturday 22 October 2016
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Say Hello To The New BMW X1

Say Hello To The New BMW X1

Beamer and fans in the crossover sport luxury car niche prepare yourselves. The new BMW 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle is arriving this fall. The second generation is completely redesigned with a roomier interior, improved efficiency, and new goodies in the technology department.

When it first arrives, it will only be available in the xDrive28i version, which means it will come with all-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive version expected later. The AWD system is more responsive, efficient, compact, and low-weight. It optimizes performance by adjusting its distribution of power to the front and rear axle to adapt to whatever the road might bring. It also works with the Dynamic Stability Control for stable steering.

The new Sports Activity Vehicle has newly Mini-based underpinnings to make it more efficient along with BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology. It will be coming standard with a 2.0-liter turbo four engine with 228 horses coupled with an 8-speed automatic transmission. In other markets, namely European, drivers will have the choice between a wider variety of engines including a diesel option.

There is an emphasis on sportier handling in the new X1. An all new chassis design helps out by lowering weight and increasing rigidity for improved responsiveness and precision. BMW’s Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance also keeps handling easy.

This second generation X1 maintains a classic BMW heritage while also having staying true to the X model design. In front is the expected kidney, or mustache-like, grille but a distinctive twist is added for the new X1 with a six-eyed design that has a set of twin round headlights and fog lamps. The rear view presents an exaggerated apron rise that mimics the elements of the front, along with vertically black aeroblades that mirror the roof spoiler for added sportiness.

As a crossover, BMW says it also delivers on the comfort and functionality front. The X1 features a raised roofline and a wider stance. This means more space inside and higher seats with more headspace. It also has over 15 percent more cargo room with folding rear seats paired with an automatic tailgate.

In terms of tunes, a 7 speaker sound system comes standard. An optional Harman Kardon HiFi system bumps that number up to 12 loudspeakers and adds a digital amplifier with 360-watt output.

The X1 falls into competition with the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA, and Lexus NX. No pricing info yet, but it is expected to have a base price that falls in the low $30,000 range.

Look for the BMW X1 to arrive this fall.

Photo Credit: BMW