The BMW X1 only came to the US in 2012, but it’s been on sale in the other markets since 2009. The new X1 will be a 2016 and goes on sale this Fall, which is why BMW has revealed in full ahead of a likely debut at September’s 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show.
The BMW X1 only came to the US in 2012, but it’s been on sale in the other markets since 2009. The new X1 will be a 2016 and goes on sale this Fall, which is why BMW has revealed in full ahead of a likely debut at September’s 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. With almost 62,000 sold in the U.S. to date, the outgoing model turned out to be a big sales success for BMW. But this new one has a lot going for it. For instance, it features a much more handsome design as well as a roomier cabin and a more fuel-efficient drivetrain.
BMW’s entry level crossover model abandons the (former) 3-Series platform to ride on the front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 architecture found on the German brand’s own 2-Series Active and
Grand Tourer minivans, as well as the MINI hatchback. In doing so it has switched from a longitudinal to a transverse engine mounting, for the US market Launch the 2016 X1 will only be available exclusively in xDrive28i trim. That means BMW’s all-wheel-drive system system mated to a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder. For the x1’s application the engine outputs 228Hp and 258 lb.ft. of torque, mated to an eight-speed auto. BMW rates the 2016 X1 0-60 time as 6.3 seconds with a top speed of 130 mph.
By moving to the new platform, you’ll find more head and legroom inside the new X1, yet with a small exterior footprint. The rear seatbacks can optionally be configured to split 40/20/40, with the three sections folding, sliding and reclining separately. Power-folding rear seats are also optionally available. BMW driver-focused layout returns including a large 6.5″ central display for the iDrive interface, or an optional 8.8″ display. A backup camera will also be standard for the first time.The new X1 also offers additional tech features like a head-up display, apps and remote services, and Driver Assistance Plus package of electronic driving aids which includes backup camera, parking sensors, lane departure and front collision warning, and active cruise control.
Closer to the market launch this fall we’ll bring you more information for the new 2016 BMW X1.