An all-new BMW X1 is upon us, even though the previous model only went on sale in North America in 2012. While the first-gen had a rather conservative appearance, the new, 2016 X1 looks like a baby X5.
In addition to a much more sportier and handsome exterior design, the German crossover brings to market a roomier interior, more tech features and a more fuel-efficient drivetrain. The interior, for starters, offers occupants more head and legroom than before and features rear seatbacks that can optionally be configured to split, slide and recline 40/20/40. A power-folding feature for the rear seats is also available.
Other interior highlights include a driver-focused cockpit with a large 6.5-inch central display (an 8.8-inch unit is optional) for BMW’s iDrive interface and a standard backup camera (a first for the X1), as well as a head-up display, a series of useful apps and remote services, and a Driver Assistance Plus package of electronic driving aids (parking sensors, lane departure and front collision warning, active cruise control, etc.).
The BMW X1 abandons the old 3-Series platform for the front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 architecture found on the BMW’s 2-Series Active and Grand Tourer minivans and the MINI hatchback, gaining a transverse engine mount instead of a longitudinal setup as a result. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
Speaking of the X1’s engine, the Euro-spec model comes with five:
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol making 192 PS and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol rated at 231 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel unit with 150 PS and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with at 190 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque
In North America, the 2016 X1 will initially be available exclusively in xDrive28i trim equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an all-wheel-drive system. The engine, which is mated to an eight-speed auto transmission, allows the small crossover to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
The new, 2016 BMW X1 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015. It competes directly with the Audi Q3, as well as slightly larger models like the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the Range Rover Evoque Five-door. Would you choose it over any of those premium crossovers?