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2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1
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  • BMW X1
  • Year:
    2016
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  • Engine:
    inline-4
  • Horsepower @ RPM:
    228 @ 5000
  • Torque @ RPM:
    258 @ 1250
  • Displacement:
    2.0 L
  • 0-60 time:
    6.3 sec.
  • Top Speed:
    130 mph
  • Price:
    32000 (Est.)
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The first BMW SUV to be built on a front-wheel-drive architecture.

It’s been six years since BMW stormed the mini SUV segment with the X1, and the German automaker has just launched the second-generation version of the car that made Audi and Mercedes-Benz create the Q3 and GLA, respectively. Introduced in 2009 as the brand’s smallest crossover and fourth SUV after the X3, X5, and X6, the X1 was praised for its powerful engines, sedan-like dynamics, and good fuel economy. The first-gen car was a commercial success with more than 700,000 units sold globally through 2014, so the second-gen X1 has pretty big shoes to fill. And needless to say, it’s looking to try and best its predecessor with a new exterior design, a revamped interior, and updated drivetrains.

More importantly, the X1 has just become the first BMW-badged SUV to use a front-wheel-drive architecture, borrowing the UKL platform from the Mini Cooper. The X1 joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer to form BMW’s new family of FWD vehicles, which will expand to other nameplates in the future as well. The new X1 has some stiff competition to go against, with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 on their way to becoming just as popular, so let’s have a closer look at how it compares to its German rivals.

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The Best 2019 Luxury SUVs Under $40,000

The Best 2019 Luxury SUVs Under $40,000

Seven Luxury Crossovers For You To Choose From

Can you buy luxury for less than $40k? Consider these seven SUVs produced by companies who are focused on bringing better than average quality, more engaging driving characteristics, and better reliability than others. All of the SUVs here are residing in the compact SUV segment, but that shouldn’t deter you from choosing one of them as each one gives a unique take on what is basically the most popular segment today.

All of the crossovers listed here are of unibody construction, basically taking technology and the driving feel from smaller cars and adapting it for SUV/Crossover lovers. They are the pinnacle of compact SUV design.

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Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X1

Wallpaper of the Day: 2016 BMW X1

When BMW introduced the X1 compact crossover, it forced Audi to create the Q3 and Mercedes the GLA. When BMW introduced the second-gen model for 2016, it forced both automakers to revamp their respective contenders as well. Needless to say, the X1 is the leader of this luxury segment, and that’s why we’ve decided to make it the wallpaper of the day. Built on a controversial FWD architecture, It’s offered with a 2.0-liter inline-four that’s good for just 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. It’s nothing to write home about, but it does deliver a 60-mph sprint in 6.3 seconds, which isn’t bad. With that said, we’ve handpicked our favorite wallpaper and included a gallery at the bottom of the page. Take all the wallpapers you want – they’re all free to use as long as you’d like!

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2015 - 2018 BMW X1 By Dahler

2015 - 2018 BMW X1 By Dahler

There are plenty options on the table for X1 owners

The BMW X1 was never meant to be a record-breaking speed freak, but as is the case with most tuners, there’s never a bad time to turn it into one. Swiss tuner Dahler knows this better than anybody else. It’s been around for 30 years and has a long list of tuning products for Bavaria’s finest, and its most recent tuning project is for the aforementioned X1. The program comes with a range of upgrades for the crossover’s exterior, interior, and engine. It’s a relatively simple program, but the desired results are there for the taking.

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2017 BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance

2017 BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance

BMW’s LWB plug-in SUV for the Chinese market

BMW fired the first shot of a new war against Audi and Mercedes when it introduced the X1 in 2009 as its entry-level and resident mini SUV. Audi and Mercedes quickly returned fire, launching the Audi Q3 and the Mercedes GLA. Fast forward to 2016 and we still find the Q3, GLA, and X1 duking it out, but the X1 evolved into a second-generation model for 2016. With China being a pretty big market for BMW, and let’s not forget the Chinese love for long-wheelbase cars, it came as no surprise that the 2017 model year comes with an X1 LWB. In base form, it is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder with a measly 136 horsepower, but it does come with a somewhat premium interior to go with some sport exterior looks – for a small SUV anyway. Like all other LWB models from BMW, the car was practically the same inside and out in comparison to is shorter brother, but that’s about to change a little bit as BMW has just announced an electrified X1 LWB that borrows a drivetrain from its cousin, the 225xe Active Tourer.

I know, that sounds like a mouthful, and let’s be honest, the name is ridiculously long, but it does speak to the electric nature of China’s latest plug-in hybrid model. While I advise you not to get your hopes up for any big styling differences, as there are none, the electrified drivetrain promises excellent fuel economy while the innovative battery location prevents any major loss to interior space or comfort. On top of that, it comes with a little extra power and technically it has all-wheel drive as well, thanks to the addition of that electric motor. So with that said, let’s revisit to overall styling of the X1 LWB and talk more about this hybrid drivetrain that turns the wheels and gets you from point A to point B.

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2016 BMW X1

2016 BMW X1

The first BMW SUV to be built on a front-wheel-drive architecture.

It’s been six years since BMW stormed the mini SUV segment with the X1, and the German automaker has just launched the second-generation version of the car that made Audi and Mercedes-Benz create the Q3 and GLA, respectively. Introduced in 2009 as the brand’s smallest crossover and fourth SUV after the X3, X5, and X6, the X1 was praised for its powerful engines, sedan-like dynamics, and good fuel economy. The first-gen car was a commercial success with more than 700,000 units sold globally through 2014, so the second-gen X1 has pretty big shoes to fill. And needless to say, it’s looking to try and best its predecessor with a new exterior design, a revamped interior, and updated drivetrains.

More importantly, the X1 has just become the first BMW-badged SUV to use a front-wheel-drive architecture, borrowing the UKL platform from the Mini Cooper. The X1 joins the 2 Series Active Tourer and 2 Series Gran Tourer to form BMW’s new family of FWD vehicles, which will expand to other nameplates in the future as well. The new X1 has some stiff competition to go against, with the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3 on their way to becoming just as popular, so let’s have a closer look at how it compares to its German rivals.

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2017 BMW X1 LWB

2017 BMW X1 LWB

BMW responds to Chinese market demands with a long wheelbase X1

BMW’s recent move toward mass appeal has struck again. The German automaker has announced at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show a long wheelbase version of its all-new X1 crossover. The X1 LWB, as it’s called, grows by 3.1 inches to accommodate more rear-seat legroom – something blazingly popular in the Chinese culture. And yes, the X1 LWB is built exclusively for the Chinese and within a Chinese factory.

This compiles atop BMW’s move to redefine the X1. For the 2016 model year, the X1 was completely redesigned with a new architecture, drivetrain layout, and aesthetic design details. The crossover moves from its original rear-wheel drive, longitudinally oriented drivetrain and platform borrowed from the 1 Series sedan to the FWD platform borrowed from the 2 Series Active Tourer.

While we could harp on BMW’s decision to adopt FWD architectures all day, the automaker seems to be confident average consumers won’t (and don’t) know the difference. That will probably hold the truest in this lengthened crossover built for comfort rather than spirited driving. Wealthy Chinese drivers, after all, are smitten with the living room-like qualities of long vehicles. That’s clearly evident by the number of long wheelbase vehicles debuting at the 2016 Beijing Auto Show.

The X1 LWB will be built by BMW’s China partner, BMW Brilliance’s Tiexi plant in Shenyang. That plant is already familiar with the X1, as it built roughly 140,000 examples for the first-generation X1. For those outside China actually curious about the X1 LWB, don’t get too excited. The stretched crossover is only available within the People’s Republic. If you still want all the details on BMW’s newest crossover, keep reading.

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2017 BMW X1 Hybrid

2017 BMW X1 Hybrid

The X1 Hybrid was caught playing in the snow in near-production form

BMW has been busy revamping its lineup, and back in September of last year, we finally got details of the second-generation BMW X1. The X1 joined other front-wheel drive models like the 2 Series Active Tourer and the 2 Series Grand Tourer in BMW’s Lineup. We’ve been expecting to see a plug-in hybrid variant of the new BMW X1, and finally, we have received some spy shots what we believe to be just that doing some cold-weather testing.

The interesting thing about these spy shots is that the car is still sporting a little bit of camo, despite the fact that it should be nearly identical to the standard BMW X1. We expect the new plug-in version to go by the xDrive30e moniker, and it should share the same drivetrain as the 2 Series Active Tourer Hybrid. This means that the gasoline engine will power the front wheels at all times, while a small motor is available to power the rear axle.

Given the current state of camo on this plug-in, we expect it to officially debut sometime in the very near future. Until then, however, let’s take a closer look at the pictures we have today. Who knows, maybe we’ll spot a few differences compared to the non-hybrid model that is already on sale.

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BMW Develops DCT For Its FWD Cars

BMW Develops DCT For Its FWD Cars

BMW is new to the front-wheel drive segment, but the most recent rumor circulating the web is that the Germans are in the process of developing their own dual-clutch transmission for FWD based vehicles. While BMW hasn’t said anything on the matter, it wouldn’t be a big surprise given the downside to the current eight-speed transmission it currently sources from Aisin.

Now that the 2-Series Active Tourer and the X1 are on the road, it has become clear that the current eight-speed transmission just doesn’t offer the performance that is expected from BMW. The transmission works fine for the most part, but performance-wise, it just takes too long to downshift from seventh or eighth gear into a gear suitable for passing.

If BMW is developing a DCT, it is likely we’ll see it first in the upcoming BMW X2 in the next couple years, but I suspect we will also see it show up on the order form for the next generation 2-Series and the X1. The rumor, if it does turn out to be true, could also mean the BMW is looking to develop its own line of FWD performance vehicles that will need the benefits of a dual-clutch transmission over what an old-fashioned automatic can offer. Even if BMW isn’t planning a whole line of FWD vehicles, MINI and it’s new line of vehicles could certainly benefit from a DCT as well.

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BMW Considers M Version for the X1

BMW Considers M Version for the X1

Traditional BMW fans’ heads are likely nearing capacity for change, and now I have one more bit of change to cram in there. I am talking about a report that BMW in considering building an X1 M.

That’s right, not only is BMW swapping its 1 Series and X1 to front-wheel drive, it now wants its M Performance division to operate on this transverse setup. Fortunately, the X1 M would likely be all-wheel drive, so we can give it a little bit of a pass. Still, an M-tuned compact crossover… Ugh…

According to the report, the 2017 BMW X1 M would likely have to live with a retuned version of the existing 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder, which BMW stated could produce as much as 302 horsepower. In years past we’d say “just stuff the 3.0-liter inline-six under the hood and call it a day,” but the transverse setup under the new 2016 BMW X1 eliminates this one-time catchall solution. So, four-cylinder it is!

While that may not sound like the power output we’re all used to from an M vehicle, it is in line with its main competitors: 2015 Audi RS Q3 and 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG.

With the X1 set to hit dealers later in 2015, look for the X1 M to launch midway through 2016 at the earliest.

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BMW X1 Could Get A Hybrid Version

BMW X1 Could Get A Hybrid Version

BMW’s smallest SUV, the 2016 BMW X1, could receive a hybrid version in the future. That’s the word from Australia’s Motoring, quoting an unnamed source "close to the X1’s powertrain development." Though the insider hasn’t confirmed an X1 hybrid (likely to be named the X1 eDrive) is underway, he did say such a version is doable since the second-gen X1 shares underpinning with the 2014 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer. The MPV is set to receive a plug-in hybrid drivetrain by the end of 2015.

"Of course it’s possible. The design is similar [to the 2 Series Active Tourer] so in theory we could do this, but we have to see if the customer wants this," he said. "For Europe the diesel engine gives us already low consumption and CO2 [emissions], so it’s a question of whether it is [commercially] feasible, not if it’s possible," the insider added, hinting that the hybrid X1 has yet to be green-lighted for production.

Should that happen, expect it to feature a similar setup to the 2015 BMW 2 Series Active Tourer Plug-In Hybrid, which combines a 1.5-liter, three-cylinder gasoline engine and an electric motor. The three-pot would spin the front wheels, while the motor would power the rear axle. Total output should sit around the 200-horsepower mark, combined with an all-electric range of more than 20 miles and a 0-to-60 mph sprint of 6.5 seconds. It should also return 50 mpg when using both the gasoline engine and the electric motor.

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2017 BMW X1 M

2017 BMW X1 M

BMW just introduced the 2016 BMW X1 this week, and while the next-gen crossover will surely bring a bump in sales, it hardly does anything to draw in enthusiasts that have always flocked to the German brand. Because we’re betting that it’s coming, we conjured up a rendering of a sportier version of BMW’s new baby crossover, the BMW X1 M. At this point, there aren’t any solid rumors suggesting that an X1 M could become a reality, but with vehicles like the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG and Audi RS Q3 out there, such a model would definitely make sense in the BMW lineup.

With that being said, this is all just pure speculation using common design cues associated with the BMW M brand. If (and that’s a big if) BMW is planning on building the X1 M, it probably wouldn’t enter into production until late 2016 at the soonest, considering that M models usually show up about a year after the standard model and the X1 goes on sale this fall. For now, though, at least we have something to dream about.

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BMW Releases Details On Second-Gen X1

BMW Releases Details On Second-Gen X1

BMW has just dropped cover on the second generation of its X1 crossover, and it promises to deliver a roomier interior, a more efficient drivetrain, and lots of innovative technology.

For its U.S. launch, the X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model on offer, featuring a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque routed to all four wheels through an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. A sprint to 60 mph will take 6.3 seconds. An M Sport package will be offered later this year, and will come with a new steering wheel, sport suspension, and sport seats.

On the outside, you’ll find a restyled aesthetic with a taller, more rugged stance. The seating position is also raised, giving the X1 a more traditional SUV feel.

Inside, things have been redesigned as well, offering greater head- and legroom, not to mention more space for cargo. Technology is enhanced via an optional 8.8-inch control display with a touchpad controller that integrates BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services, and Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. There is also an available 6.5-inch screen.

Other options include full-LED adaptive headlights and the latest BMW heads-up display, as well as a slew of safety-oriented driver’s aides like Lane Departure Warning, Automatic High Beams, Frontal Collision Warning, and Speed Limit Info.

Pricing will be announced closer to launch.

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2016 BMW X1 Gets Tested Everywhere: Spy Shots

2016 BMW X1 Gets Tested Everywhere: Spy Shots

With the second-generation X1 less than a year away from its official unveiling, BMW is hard at work testing pre-production prototypes of the car in various locations around the world. In fact, two similarly camouflaged X1s were shot by spy photographers on the same day – one doing cold weather testing in Northern Sweden and the other one being thrashed around a sunny Nurburgring Nordschleife.

As most of you know, the 2016 X1 is BMW’s second FWD-based car, after the 2 Series Active Tourer (and Gran Tourer, more recently). Don’t think that all versions will be FWD though, as the U.S. is expected to only get xDrive all-wheel-drive models, and top of the range versions will be AWD regardless of the market. That said, the new all-wheel-drive system will still behave primarily like a FWD system, with power being diverted toward the rear axle only during hard acceleration or when the rear tires begin to lose traction. The 2016 X1 is likely to use a classic Haldex differential to handle the output going to the rear wheels, so expect the model to handle pretty much like a larger Mini Countryman, to which it’s related anyway.

Though not officially confirmed, BMW could be also working on a "five-door-coupe" version of the X1, to be named either X2 or Urban Cross, depending on which source you believe. More on that when and if BMW starts testing the model on public roads.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Caught With Less Camouflage

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Caught With Less Camouflage

It’s been a month since we had our first look at the upcoming, 2016 BMW X1’s interior and now the second-gen crossover came out for another test drive. Our trusty spy photographers caught the compact crossover stretching its wheels somewhere in Germany with a bit less camouflage covering its body. Sure, most of its exterior bits are still hidden, but there are a few details we can gaze at. Our spies managed to snap a few shots inside the vehicle as well, but it appears as nothing has changed since we last received photos of the X1’s interior back in November 2014.

As a brief reminder, the second-gen BMW X1 is scheduled to make its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and hit U.S. dealerships as a 2016 model. The engine lineup will include 1.5-liter, three-cylinder and 2.0-liter, four-pot mills, the latter will be available in both gasoline and diesel guises. A ZF eight-speed automatic is likely to join the familiar six-speed manual transmission.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Reveals its Interior

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Reveals its Interior

The next-generation BMW X1 — scheduled to hit showroom floors in 2015 as a 2016 model — is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Although the Germans have yet to ditch the heavy camouflage covering the compact crossover, we have all of the other recently unveiled Bimmers that give us hints as to what we can expect from the X1. In short, the upcoming X1 isn’t much of a mystery as far as styling goes. And thanks to our trusty paparazzi, we now get a glimpse of the vehicle’s revised interior, which leaves us with the engine compartment as the X1’s main enigma.

We expect the redesigned crossover to receive an engine lineup that includes 1.5-liter and 2.0-liter mills with three and four cylinders respectively. The latter will come in both gasoline and diesel guises, mated to either a six-speed manual or a six-speed automatic. A ZF-sourced, eight-speed automatic is likely as well. The 2016 X1 won’t make its global debut until the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show, but we should see the uncamouflaged vehicle sooner than that. Until then, let’s have a look at the crossover’s interior after the break.

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2014 BMW X1 Exclusive Sport

2014 BMW X1 Exclusive Sport

By now, it’s clear that BMW has a soft spot for the Japanese market. The Bavarian automaker has made a habit of launching limited-edition models in the Asian country, so we’re not surprised at all that it’s set to release another on. This time around the special model is called the X1 Exclusive Sport. Yes, it’s only been a week since BMW presented the Z4 sDrive GT Spirit, but who’s really counting anymore?

The X1 Exclusive Sport is limited to just 160 units, so yes, it is certainly something special. More importantly, it has all sorts of bells and whistles to justify its label. But this SUV does come at a relatively steep price, as it will run our Japanese petrolhead friends a cool 5.190 million yen, which converts to $51,100 as of 7/15/2014. That’s a whole lot of scratch for an X1.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Caught Testing

Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Caught Testing

With less than a year left until production begins around the world, the second-generation BMW X1 is slowly revealing itself as testing continues on public roads. Caught roaming the streets somewhere in Germany by our skilled spy photographers, the 2016 X1 showcases its production headlamps for the very first time.

Although most of the crossover’s front end is still camouflaged, the new headlight configuration suggests the upcoming X1 borrows its front fascia from the bigger BMW SUVs. We expect the new headlamps to connect with the chrome surrounds of the reshaped, taller kidney grille, meaning the X1 will carry a lot of character up front, albeit it will be less muscular when compared to the X5.

Nonetheless, the next-gen X1 is just an evolution of the current model, so don’t expect any overwhelming changes inside and out except for the introduction of the front-wheel-drive, UKL architecture that underpins the new Mini Cooper and the upcoming BMW 1 Series Active Tourer.

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Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Begins Winter Testing

Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.

The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.

Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.

Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW X1 Caught on German Roads

Last time we caught the 2015 BMW X1 it was getting a lift to another testing site aboard a flatbed truck. Today, however, our spy photographers managed to catch it while testing on the streets of Germany. The X1 that our spy photographers caught still weard tons of camouflage, which is a clear indication that BMW has lots of work to do until the final product is ready.

What we do know so far is that the new X1 will sit atop BMW’s new front-wheel-drive UKL platform, which will also be used for the new Mini and 1 Series GT. This new platform will give BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, and keep production costs as low as possible.

Along with to the standard front-drive system, the X1 will also be offered with an optional all-wheel-drive setup. The AWD configuration looks to be the setup that will have the most engines available, since it will be better suited for the higher-output powerplants.

The BMW X1 is expected to be unveiled in September 2015.

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Spy Shots: 2015 BMW X1 Gets the Flatbed Treatment to its Next Testing Session

Rumors have been circulating about a the next-gen BMW X1 for quite some time now, but this is the first time we’ve caught one in the wild. Internally called F48, the next X1 was spied while being transported between two different test facilities in Germany on the back of a flatbed tow truck, so we still have yet to catch one in action.

The 2015 X1 will be built on BMW’s new front-wheel-drive platform, which is known as the UKL (German for "Unter Klasse" or "entry level"), and that same platform will see use on the new Mini and the upcoming 1 Series GT.

The new front-wheel-drive platform gives BMW the ability to offer more space in the upcoming X1,and reduce production cost. Though the X1 will come standard with front-wheel drive, BMW will offer all-wheel drive with the X1’s upper-level engines.

Expect the new BMW X1 to arrive late in 2015.

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2014 BMW X1 M Sport sDrive28i

2014 BMW X1 M Sport sDrive28i

The BMW X1 is a fantastic addition to the Bimmer range, as well as to the TopSpeed Garage. During our week testing the M Sport X1 sDrive28i, the car won many friends with its driving environment, striking new-BMW styling crispness and a truly sports-car-like agility versus the larger X3.

The X1 is offered stateside in three trim levels across the turbo four-cylinder 28i and turbo six-cylinder 35i powerplants, with xDrive available across the range. The test car’s X1 sDrive28i pairs the base engine with the top M Sport trim level at the top, bringing a beautiful body-color bumper treatment absent from the cheaper ’Sport’ and ’X-line’ trim packs. The M Sport option also includes a variety of other tasty upgrades, including sports leather seats and handsome special paint and wheel options.

The X1 fills such a successful gap in the entry-level BMW offering that it even caught Audi and Mercedes-Benz flatfooted, with their GLA250 and Audi Q3 competitors still at least a year from reaching American buyers.

The X1 certainly doesn’t have the small premium crossover market to itself, but does carve a unique niche with few pretend off-road aspirations and a decidedly performance focus to its V-rated, 18-inch Pirelli’s.

This road-going bias helps the X1 to be an agile and playful companion on any stretch of pavement, with a 60 mph sprint just above 6 seconds for both rear- and all-wheel-drive 28i four-cylinders and down to the low 5’s for the potent X1 xDrive35i.

All this with a base price just above $30,000 means the X1 is the first affordable BMW entry for crossover shoppers, considering the Acura RDX or the Mini Cooper Countryman.

The full TopSpeed Garage drive review is past the jump, and takes a close look at the coolest performance options and features of the practical but sporty X1 sDrive28i M Sport.

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2016 BMW X1 EV

2016 BMW X1 EV

Today must have been national test day for electric cars. Shortly after catching the R8 E-tron testing in the cold, our spy photographers caught a very interesting model testing. At a first look it appears you are looking at a standard BMW X1, but you are actually looking at an all-electric X1.

As you can see from the spy shots the prototype features no exhaust pipes and there are also some Hybrid stickers – an obvious attempt at subterfuge. Our spy photographers lurked around long enough to confirm that this is an EV, as when it finally took off, there was not a peep from a gasoline engine.

We are not too sure if this means that the company is developing an electric version of the X1 or if it is simply testing the technology for other models. Still, considering that BMW and Toyota have recently signed an agreement and that Toyota already offers an electric version of the RAV4, you shouldn’t be too surprised to see something similar from BMW.

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2013 BMW X1 Powder Ride and Concept K2 Special Editions

2013 BMW X1 Powder Ride and Concept K2 Special Editions

For people that get the four seasons, you’re all probably aware that winter is coming, and that means you’re going to need a ride that can take the wrath of the cold in stride.

German automaker BMW has partnered with ski manufacturer K2 to provide us winter wanderers with the ride for the season. Based on the former’s X1 SUV, the ride has been dubbed the X1Powder Ride Special Edition and it comes with a plethora of exclusive features that, quite frankly, no other X1 will probably have.

For starters, the special edition X1 will carry a number of color options, including non-metallic paint shades like Black and Alpine White, in addition to more glistening shades like Valencia Orange, Mineral White, Mineral Grey, Glacier Silver, and Black Sapphire. In addition to that, the X1 Powder Ride Edition will also come with plenty of new equipment that has been specifically added to the SUV’s overall purpose.

There are roof rails, door sill strips, leather trim for the seats and steering wheel, a snowboard bag, all-weather floor mats, a roof box, ambient lighting, and a new set of 18" alloy wheels, a lot of which are part of the the automaker’s xLine package. Just because it’s co-produced by K2, the X1 Powder Ride Edition will also come with an exclusively designed pair of K2 LTD Powder Ride skis.

As far as engine options are concerned, the X1 Powder Ride Special Edition will be available for the 300-horsepower xDrive35i straight-six model or the 240-horsepower xDrive28i four-cylinder model.

The BMW X1 Powder Ride Special Edition will make its debut at the 2012 Los Angeles Auto Show before hitting dealerships next year.

Meanwhile, the Concept K2 Power Ride, another LA-bound BMW X1, will come with a taller ride height, tinted windows, a new set of 19" alloy wheels, a custom milled aluminum ski rack, and an integrated Harman Kardon sound system.

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Next-Gen X1 Will Go Front-Wheel Drive and Share Mini Driveline Components

While we are all anxiously awaiting the debut of the X1 in the U.S., which is set to happen this fall, BMW is hard at work piecing together the next-generation model. According to Autocar, this work involves figuring out how to fit Mini Countryman drivetrain components under the next-gen X1. This combination of the Mini and BMW lineup is expected to help reduce production costs and hopefully reduce its cost to the buyer.

In addition to sharing underpinnings with the Mini Countryman, the next-generation X1, which is expected to debut in 2015, will come standard with front-wheel drive, as opposed to the standard rear-wheel drive that the 2013 X1 will bear. It will, however, retain its optional all-wheel drive. This new chassis, dubbed the Unter Klasse (UKL), will also eliminate the possibility of a 6-cylinder option for the next-gen X1, as BMW has no plans to transversely mount a 6-pot in any of its cars.

In reality, there are chances of the X1 getting an even smaller engine, as BMW is supposedly considering dropping the petite 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine in the 2015 X1. This all comes as a huge surprise to us, as the X1 is just now making its way to the States, and BMW is already planning on pretty much scrapping the entire thing. Plus, to start throwing Countryman parts onto this crossover SUV is just going to make it that much more irrelevant to buyers that may need to haul anything more than the kids and luggage around.

We guess we’ll just have to wait and see exactly how BMW plans to set this whole system up, as one of the key components to a crossover SUV is its ability to haul light cargo. The Countryman’s 860-pound max payload capacity doesn’t quite fit the bill. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

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BMW planning to triple production across Chinese market

The Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and BMW rivalry has always existed, but has rarely ever been as fierce at it his right now. Not only are all three manufacturers competing in DTM racing for the first time in history, but the three are also jostling over the Chinese market in order to become the country’s largest manufacturer of luxury vehicles.

With Volkswagen confirming its plans to help increase the popularity of Audi in China, BMW has announced that it plans to triple output across its Chinese production facilities to 300,000 units annually in line with the opening of the new Tiexi production facility. This facility will soon start production of the
X1 in the coming weeks.

However, not everything coming out of this announcement is positive as there’s a risk BMW could be putting too much faith into the Chinese market and risk overdependence on its sales in order to boost profit levels.

A research analyst from Frost & Sullivan pointed out that, “There are no other regions that can provide for such massive numbers of sales as China can,” he said. “In the event of economic turmoil in China, most German automakers could end up with hundreds of thousands of unsold cars.”

Just like most economies operate, China faces its fair share of good and bad patches and right now the Chinese economy is booming which can only mean one thing. If the U.S. and the Eurozone are anything to go by, China’s growth may slump in the next few years and this would obviously hamper European firms entering the market.

Conversely however, Audi and Mercedes-Benz will also be in similar boats if it all goes bottoms up but for BMW’s sake we wish them all well with this expansion.

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2013 BMW X1

2013 BMW X1

The US market will finally get the smallest version in the X-Series line-up and it’s about time considering the Europeans have already been enjoying it for about three years. The 2013 X1 will be making its world debut at the 2012 New York Auto Show and will go on sale in Fall 2012 starting at a starting price of $31,545. For comparison, the X3 is currently the smallest X model on the US market and it is priced at $37,100.

The new 2013 BMW X1 will be offered in three trim levels: X1 sDrive28i, X1 xDrive28i, and the X1 xDrive35i. The first two levels will be powered by a 240 hp 4-cylinder engine, while the top version will get a 300 HP 6-cylinder inline engine. Both engines will be combined with an automatic gearbox and extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology.

Compared to the previous model, the 2013 X1 has received some minor design upgrades at the front and rear of the vehicle, while the interior has received new colors and trims.

UPDATE 04/03/2012: This review has been updated with the official details and specs for the 2013 BMW X1.

UPDATE 05/03/2012: Today we have added about 100 new high res images to the BMW X1 picture gallery. Enjoy!

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2013 BMW X1 M35i xDrive

2013 BMW X1 M35i xDrive

2012 is shaping up to be the year when all of BMW’s X-Series will be receiving small facelifts. But 2012 is also the year when BMW will be unveiling the first models of its new M Performance division. We have already seen the new M550d xDrive, the X6 M50d and the X5 M50d, but unfortunately none of these models will be offered in the USA.

And now, the latest rumors suggest that BMW will apply the same treatment for the X1, and unlike its M brethren, this model will actually be offered in the US market. The new model will be called the X1 M35i xDrive and will arrive in the fourth quarter of 2012.

The new X1 M35i xDrive will be powered by the company’s latest four cylinder twin-turbo engine with the output increased to 320 HP. This engine will be combined with an M-tuned chassis and a reworked suspension, as well as the usual M Performance aerodynamic package that includes new front and rear aprons with large air intakes, a bespoke rear apron and, of course, a new set of wheels.

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2012 BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition

2012 BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition

BMW is readying yet another X1 variant for this year’s Fall lineup with the new X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition. This new model will be powered by a four cylinder engine that delivers a total of 163 HP and delivers an average fuel consumption of 4.5 liters/100 km with a CO2 emission of only 119 grams per kilometer. With these numbers, the new model will become the most fuel efficient X model yet.

The engine for the new X1 has been optimized with a centrifugal force pendulum in the dual-mass flywheel, which compensates vibration experienced at low engine speeds, thus providing more riding comfort when the vehicle is driven within the economic low engine speed range. The gear-shift point indicator fitted as standard has been adapted to suit the new engine characteristics.

The new engine will also be combined with brake energy regeneration, Auto Start Stop function, electromechanical power steering, a disengageable air-conditioning compressor, and tires with reduced rolling resistance.

All told, the BMW X1 lineup will include three petrol and four diesel power units with power ranging from 143 to 245 HP.

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2011 BMW X1 M Sport

2011 BMW X1 M Sport

BMW announced the availability of the M-Sport package on the X1 series with the launch of the X1 xDrive28i. And the first market to actually offer it is the British one. In there the model will be priced at £26,615 OTR ($42,500 at the current exchange rates) for a BMW X1 18d sDrive M Sport and £27,710 OTR ($44,000 at the current exchange rates) for 18d xDrive M Sport.

The M Sport package will add 17-inch star-spoke M alloy wheels, chrome plated door sill finishers with M designation, High-gloss Shadowline exterior trim for the window surrounds, M Sport multi-function steering wheel, Sport seats and Anthracite headlining.

The BMW X1 xDrive18d and the BMW X1 sDrive18d are powered by a four-cylinder diesel engine that delivers 143 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds and 9.6 seconds respectively , while top speed is 121 and, 124 mph respectively.

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2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i

2011 BMW X1 xDrive28i

BMW announced the launch of a new engine, a 2.0-liter petrol engine, and the first model to be powered by it is the X1 xDrive28i. The new engine comes with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology featuring high-performance twin-scroll turbocharging system, High Precision Injection direct petrol injection with innovative solenoid injectors, and the latest further enhanced version of the BMW-patented VALVETRONIC variable valve control system.

The engine delivers an impressive 245 HP, but in the same time has a fuel economy of 35.7 mpg. It will be mated as standard with a with six-speed manual transmission or optionally with eight-speed automatic; extensive BMW EfficientDynamics features, including Auto Start-Stop function, xDrive all-wheel-drive system calibrated for optimized driving dynamics and Performance Control.

The new BMW X1 xDrive28i will go on sale this spring, and as a first for the X1 series it will be offered with M Sports package.

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2010 BMW X1 by Hartge

2010 BMW X1 by Hartge

Hartge may have a standard tuning kit to upgrade any of BMW’s SUV as we are seeing a small trend in the kits provided for the X-Series. Less than a year ago, Hartge came out with a kit that tickled the BMW X6 M with little enhancements and features. Now, Hartge has turned to all of the models in the BMW X1 line-up to slap on what little upgrades graced the BMW X6 M.

The packages are similar in that they both feature lightweight aluminum and some Hartge emblems to distinguish the vehicle as a Hartge-tuned creation. The BMW X1 models will receive a three-spoke leather steering wheel with aluminum emblem, a two-part aluminum set of pedals for the automatic version, and aluminum footrest. The list of features goes on to include a stainless-steel rear silencer with round tail pipes, a set of sports springs that lowers the car by 30 mm, a set of 20" wheels, and a set of emblems for the bonnet and tailgate.

In terms of engine upgrades, Hartge has increased the output of the base model - the 18d - by 36hp which brings the total to 179hp and 350 Nm of torque. The result is a sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds, and a top speed of 134 mph. The xDrive20d’s output has been increased with a total of 32 HP and 65 NM of torque. The sprint from 0 to 60 mph is made in 7.2 seconds and top speed goes up to 142 mph.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 BMW X1 by AC Schnitzer

2010 BMW X1 by AC Schnitzer

AC Schnitzer revealed today the first details on a new customization program for the X1 SUV, offering both performance and handling upgrades, but also a new styling. Official debut will be made in March at the Geneva Motor Show.

The exterior package includes: front spoiler and rear skirt extension, a new rear roof spoiler, engine bay venting, AC Schnitzer Bonnet Vents, chromed center webs and new 19" wheels in 5 double spokes design.

The BMW X1 xDrive23d has been upgraded to 240 HP and the 2.0 d and 1.8 d units to 210 and 171 HP respectively.

Press release after the jump.

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2010 BMW X1: xDrive28i and xDrive25i

2010 BMW X1: xDrive28i and xDrive25i

Even if the German automaker just launched the BMW X1, the compact crossover is already undergoing its first round of changes. Even though the sheet metal will remain the same, as of March 2010 BMW will offer the smaller CUV with two new fuel efficient power plants and a few new colors like: Space Grey, Cashmere Silver, Tasman, Sparkling Bronze, and Graphite Blue metallic to dress up the diminutive sport activity vehicle.

The X1 sDrive18i which will be powered by a 150 HP gas burning four cylinder and the new BMW X1 xDrive25i will have a straight six under the hood cranking out a total of 218 HP. Thanks to BMW’s VALVETRONIC variable valve management system, double-VANOS powered camshaft timing and the DISA adjustable length intake manifold; the manual version of the sDrive18i can get from 0 to 60 MPH in 9.7 seconds and reach a top speed of 125 MPH. Meanwhile the slush box equipped X1 is a bit slower to 60 MPH, getting there in 10.4 seconds and topping out at 124 MPH. The more powerful xDrive25i features an integrated all wheel drive system standard and a six speed automatic transmission. The six cylinder sprints from 0 to 60 MPH in 7.9 seconds and will reach a top speed of 138 MPH.

Press release after the jump.

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Kids re-create full-scale LEGO BMW X1

Kids re-create full-scale LEGO BMW X1

The LEGO BMW X1 has now been completed, and while there’s a stark difference from a real X1 – for starters, it doesn’t move – it does look remarkably similar to the real one.

Over 800 children between ages 5 to 13 years old – with the help of some BMW staff – worked on the project over the course of four days. It’s a remarkable feat for these young ones, a lot of whom worked tirelessly to create this 165,000 LEGO blocks masterpiece.

We especially like the BMW badge nestled on the front of the X1, which adds a touch of realism to the finished product. Good work kiddos!

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BMW X1 to enter Chinese market in December

BMW X1 to enter Chinese market in December

BMW’s first X1 SUV model will enter the Chinese market next month.
On its Chinese web site, BMW states, “the X1 is coming, please stay tuned.” A salesman working in the showroom of BMW in China said they can’t take down any pre-orders before BMW releases the price of the SUV...http://autos.globaltimes.cn/china/2009-11/484327.html

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BMW invites families to build BMW X1 out of LEGO blocks

BMW invites families to build BMW X1 out of LEGO blocks

Beginning last November 6 and ending today, November 9, BMW hosted a unique family activity at the Welt Center: build a BMW X1 out of LEGO blocks.

Yes; LEGO blocks.

As another ingenious product of BMW’s ‘Joy’ campaign, the car maker has invited families and children anywhere from age five and above to participate in building a full-scale X1 from 2,000 LEGO blocks, where, as part of Beamer’s CSR initiative, each LEGO block used in the event will correlate to a sum of money BMW will donate to the Munich Children’s Foundation.

As soon as the unconventional build is finished, the LEGO BMW X1 will be proudly displayed by the company alongside real life Beamers on the grounds of the BMW Welt Plaza.

The finished product

And if things start to get too complicated, educationally trained staff will help you with the construction – which will carried out according to an exact plan. The finished BMW X1 made of LEGO® bricks will then stand proudly as a real eye-catcher among the BMW automobiles on the BMW Welt Plaza.

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BMW introduces the X-Family

BMW introduces the X-Family

With the release of the new BMW X1, it was only a matter of time before BMW released a new set of family photos featuring the ‘X-Family’ and its latest addition to the clan. As part of a marketing campaign designed to introduce customers to the ‘X-Family’, BMW released these photos showing all four SUVs posing and mugging for the camera. Of course, cars can’t really do that but you get the picture.

While the X1 is of course a new model, BMW doesn’t have plans on redesigning the X5 and the X6 for another few years. The odd one out in this photo is the X3, which BMW is set to drop by the end of the year to pave way for the next-generation model to be launched sometime in 2010 along with the X4 that is if rumors surrounding the coupe-SUV hybrid become more than just hearsay.

In the meantime, the entry-level SUV title has been transferred to the X1, which incidentally, is already out in the European market.

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AC Schnitzer adds fun back into the BMW X1 with a few new wheel options

AC Schnitzer adds fun back into the BMW X1 with a few new wheel options

The BMW tuners at AC Schnitzer are at it again, this time adding a bit more fun into the German automaker’s smallest X-Series vehicle. While the aftermarket manufacturer has announced plans to come up with performance, suspension and even an appearance package for the baby Bimmer they have already come out with a lineup of new wheels for the compact CUV, sized anywhere from 18 to 20 inches in diameter the new rolling stock is guaranteed to add a healthy dose of fun back into your BMW X1.

Press release after the jump.

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BMW X1 unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

BMW X1 unveiled at Frankfurt Motor Show

Of all the props that were used at the Frankfurt Motor Show, we can’t think of anything that has served a bigger purpose than the BMW track. Since the show opened, we’ve seen car after car take a lap on the track and we figure that it’s only bound to get busier as the days go by.

One of the vehicles that made its intro on the said track is BMW’s new SUV, the X1. We’ve heard so much about the car – from its Facebook page to a bunch of commercials – but seeing it up close certainly brought our excitement up a few notches.

Of course, the X1 does cater to a younger – and more dynamic – market so it was expected that the SUV came with a more aggressive design compared to the X3 and the X5. If you look closer at the vehicle, you’ll actually notice that the car took some design cues from another BMW new release, the 5 GT.

But judging from the responses we gathered, the X1 looks to be a real winner, and not just to the market it aims to conquer, but to the more traditional BMW market. As it stands, the X1 is set to be released in Europe sometime in 2010 while the US would have to wait longer – in 2011 – to see the X1 out on their local BMW dealerships.

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Video: BMW releases first X1 commercial

Video: BMW releases first X1 commercial

The highly-anticipated launch of the BMW X1 is fast approaching and BMW is wasting little time in anteing up on all its advertising and marketing efforts with the release of the very first BMW X1 commercial.

The commercial is a step away from BMW’s usual target audience of established adults looking to break their banks with a brand-new BMW purchase. This particular ad, which incidentally touches on the same ‘Joy’ buzzword that Beamer seems to have attached itself in, targets a much younger audience – an audience BMW wants to break into – with a vivid display of lively colors, boisterous energy, coupled with the soothing effects of a night-time joyride in the urban metropolis.

BMW has gone through great lengths in promoting the X1, even going as far as creating its own social-network page. Of course, this all ties up to its plan to appeal to a younger crowd and from the looks of the commercial, the folks of Beamer have made it clear that the X1 is the car for young up-and-comers.

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X1 crossover is a hit, even before BMW puts the compact 1-Series into production

X1 crossover is a hit, even before BMW puts the compact 1-Series into production

You know you’re doing well with your marketing when demand for a crossover of a car that hasn’t been produced yet is gaining steam.

That’s the scenario BMW finds itself in when the BMW X1, which will be released in introduced in Europe at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September, is now scheduled to have a US version to be released in 2011.

It’s a good place to be in for the guys at BMW, considering the way the ongoing economic crisis has slowed own auto sales all over the world. Before it was officially released by BMW, photos of the X1 were already being circulated in the Internet where it has received a string of positive reviews from auto aficionados everywhere.

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BMW jumps on the Facebook craze to promote the X1

BMW jumps on the Facebook craze to promote the X1

In today’s day and age, the Internet has become the best place to advertise your products. It’s free, it’s got tremendous traffic, and communication travels so fast you can reach somebody from halfway across the world in a matter of seconds.

One car manufacturer that has taken advantage of the many booms the internet provides is BMW, and it has done so by invading social networking sites. That’s right. If you think Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and YouTube are just means of wasting time on-line; guess again.

BMW will bring the X1 SUV to the Frankfurt Motor Show, but for now we can only admire images of the small SUV. Looking identical to the X1 Concept, the production version will go on sale in Europe by the end of the year followed by sales in the North American market to begin in early 2011.

Placed below the X3 in the lineup, the BMW X1 will be powered by a wide range of engines, including a 2.0 Liter four cylinder making 143 HP or 170 HP and a 3.0 Liter straight-six pumping out 265 HP. The diesel line-up will include a 2.0 Liter 4 cylinder engine producing either 143 HP, 177 HP or 204 HP.

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2011 BMW X1

2011 BMW X1

The smallest SUV in BMW’s line-up made today its official debut. Set for a first appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show, the new BMW X1 will go on sale in Europe by the end of the year, while in the USA it has been confirmed for 2011.

In Europe the new SUV will be offered with a choice of four engines - one gasoline and three diesels - and will be available in rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations.

The BMW X1 xDrive28i is powered by a straight-six gasoline engine that delivers 258 hp and a peak torque of 228 lb-ft. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in just 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed 127 mph, all this with a fuel consumption of 30.0 mpg.

The BMW X1 xDrive23d is powered by a 2,0 liter four-cylinder diesel engine that develops 204 hp and 295 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 7.3 seconds and reaches a top speed or 127 mph. The X1 xDrive20d delivers 177 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. It sprints from 0 to 60 mph in 8.1 seconds and can hit a top speed of 127 mph.

The BMW X1 xDrive18d and the BMW X1 sDrive18d deliver 143 hp and 236 lb-ft of torque and sprint from 0 to 60 mph in 10.1 seconds and 9.6 seconds respectively , while top speed if 121 and, respectively, 124 mph.

Full details in the press release after the jump.

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New BMW X1 - new teaser revealed

New BMW X1 - new teaser revealed

We’re not sure what BMW is trying to do here; first they released a series of official spy shots and then a few official teasers, but what are they trying to do with this image? At least before BMW was giving us a glimpse of the future crossover, but this is just ridiculous. Not that there is anything beach going blonds posing in front of the camera.

When the BMW X1 CUV finally goes on sale, it will be available with four-wheel drive followed shortly after by a rear-wheel drive model. The base power plant is expected to be a 2.0 Liter four cylinder making 177 HP. BMW will also make diesel powered versions available as well. When the X1 does hit showrooms, it will be competing directly against vehicles like the Mercedes Benz GLK.

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Video: BMW X1 in action

After teasing the world with their “official spy shots”, the German automaker, BMW has just released an official video of the familiar camouflaged X1 compact crossover that was seen having some fun in the mud in Majorca.

When the vehicle finally goes on sale, it will be available with four-wheel drive followed shortly after by a rear-wheel drive model. The base power plant is expected to be a 2.0 Liter four cylinder making 177 HP. BMW will also make diesel powered versions available as well. When the X1 does hit showrooms, it will be competing directly against vehicles like the Mercedes Benz GLK.

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BMW X1 - official teasers revealed

BMW X1 - official teasers revealed

BMW has just revealed the first teaser images of the long awaited X1 compact crossover. This can mean only one thing: the official launch will be happening sometime soon.

As you can see from these images of the grille, headlights and the taillights, BMW has stayed true to the shape of their concept, and the production version of the X1 should be everything we fell in love with back at the Paris Auto Show.

We don’t know much about the future X1, except that it will be rear wheel driven and that BMW will offer a variety of four cylinder power plants. Now the German automaker has already teased us with some official spy shots of the X1 wearing the elusive swirly camouflage. So when will this torture ever, we might just have to wait until the X1 hits the dealers on June 23 to find out for ourselves.

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BMW X1 official spy shots

BMW X1 official spy shots

Journalists from around the globe have been invited to Majorca Spin in order to get behind the wheel of the new baby Bimmer crossover, the X1. So now Top Speed finally has the chance to show you the "official spy shots;" even though you may have seen it somewhere else before.

When it goes on sale, the BMW X1 will be available with four-wheel drive; rear-wheel should come shortly after. The pictures show a 2.0 liter four cylinder model making 177 HP. This xDrive23d prototype is most definitely having some fun in the mud with its M Sport Package.
It will be interesting to see how the smallest BMW SUV will fare against luxury compacts like the mini G Wagon, Mercedes Benz GLK. It will also be interesting to see if the box car craze can carry over into a higher price range.

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BMW X1 and 5-Series GT on sale June 23rd

BMW X1 and 5-Series GT on sale June 23rd

BMW will unveil the production versions of their X1 crossover and 5-Series GT performance machine at the BMW Plant in Leipzig, Germany on June 23rd. Although most of the press materials for the 5 Series GT is already widely available, the car is awaiting an official debut.

The X1 CUV has most recently made a public appearance for a photo shoot. From what we could see, the production version is faithful to the concept from back in 2007.

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BMW X1 caught undisguised during photo session

BMW X1 caught undisguised during photo session

If during the last photo session the spy photographers couldn’t get a complete shot of the future X1, this time BMW made it easy for them during what appears to be a commercial shoot. Of course the picture comes at no surprise: the production version remains faithful to the concept that was revealed last year at the Paris Auto Show.

The production BMW X1 will make its official debut this autumn at the Frankfurt Motor Show and be in showrooms by the end of the year.

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BMW X1 spied during photo session

BMW X1 spied during photo session

Do you really need to cover up the X1 BMW? We all saw the concept at the Paris Motor Show. We all pretended to be impressed, even though we were all thought it looked like a slightly smaller version of the X3 (which looks like a slightly smaller version of the X5.) So we also all know that by the time the car is on the U.S. market in 2011, it won’t look much different from what we saw in Paris.

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