• 2016 BMW X1

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

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the 2016 BMW X1.

  • 2016 BMW X1
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  • 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 second-gen X1 sports an evolutionary design with styling cues borrowed from its bigger siblings, the X3 and X5

As expected, the second-gen X1 sports an evolutionary design with styling cues borrowed from its bigger siblings, the X3 and X5. The front fascia features a slightly bigger twin-kidney grille and longer, sleeker headlamps. Down below, the X1 received larger fog lamps and larger air intakes, making it seem not only bigger than its predecessor, but more aggressive as well. In all, it seems as if the X1 is no longer the ugly duckling of the BMW crossover family.

When viewed from the side, the X1 seems nearly identical to its predecessor from the waist down. The trademark beltline is still in place, while the side skirt area is creased in a similar fashion as on the previous model. However, things are different from the waist up, with a taller glass area, a bigger quarter window, and a raked roofline.

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Overall, it seems the X1 has become a baby X5

The rear fascia has received its fair share of upgrades as well, starting with significantly larger taillights, which look way better than the previous units, and a better sculpted tailgate and upper bumper area. Overall, it seems the X1 has become a baby X5, and there’s nothing wrong with that. Mini SUVs aren’t exactly appealing design-wise, but BMW tried really hard with the X1 and the result is quite good.

Exterior Dimensions

Vehicle length 175.4 Inches
Vehicle width 71.7 Inches
Width including mirrors 81.1 Inches
Vehicle height 62.5 Inches
Wheelbase 105.1 Inches
Overhang front 33.8 Inches
Rear overhang 36.5 Inches
Ground clearance 7.2 Inches
Turning radius 37.4 Feet
Track front 61.5 Inches
Rear track 61.6 Inches

Side-by-side comparison

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Even though the new cabin is also evolutionary, the crossover has plenty of new features to brag about

Inside the X1 customers will find a fully redesigned interior. Even though the new cabin is also evolutionary and carries over some of the previous model’s cues, the crossover has plenty of new features to brag about. What’s more, it offers a lot more room than its predecessor, as well as enhanced luggage space.

Legroom has increased by 1.5 in standard specification and up to 2.6 inches with the optional adjustable rear seat. Also, the seating position has been raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear. Cargo space has been increased by around 15 percent with the rear seats folded flat.

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The dashboard now features a cleaner design, mostly thanks to the "floating" display and the smaller A/C vents

Moving over to styling, the dashboard now features a cleaner design, mostly thanks to the "floating" display and the smaller A/C vents. A vertical aluminum trim splits the dashboard in two horizontally giving it a classier appearance. The center stack sits closer to the infotainment screen allowing for increased storage space in the center console.

The laundry list of standard features includes a seven-speaker audio system, a multifunction, leather-wrapped steering wheel, and cruise control. The standard seats come dressed in cloth, but customers can select a leather upholstery from the options list. Other options include an 8.8-inch display, a 12-speaker Harman Kardon sound system, a panoramic moonroof, and many more. An M Sport package is available for customers looking for sports seats and paddle shifters in their X1s.

Interior Dimensions

Legroom front 40.4 Inches
Legroom 2nd row 37 Inches
Shoulder room front 55.6 Inches
Shoulder room 2nd row 55.2 Inches
Headroom front 41.9 Inches
Maximum headroom 2nd row 39.4 Inches
Headroom front with Sunroof 40.4 Inches
Maximum headroom 2nd row with sunroof 38.2 Inches
Front Seat Volume 54.5 ft³
Rear Seat Volume 46.7 ft³
Luggage volume [V211-2] 17.8-54.7 ft³
Trunk volume (SAE) 27.1-58.7 ft³
US Tank capacity 16.1 gal
Curb weight 3,660 LBS
Gross weight 4,720 LBS
Payload 900 LBS


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U.S. customers are restricted to just one gasoline engine, with either front- or all-wheel-drive

Just like the previous model, the new X1 is available with a wide range of drivetrains. However, U.S. customers are restricted to just one configuration, with either front- or all-wheel-drive. The model in question is called the 28i and cranks out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. Although it’s the only X1 you can buy in the U.S., it’s important to note that it’s the most powerful gasoline version of the crossover. The same engine is offered in Europe as the 25i model.

In other parts of the world, the X1 range begins with the 18i trim, which uses a 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine shared with the Mini Cooper. This tiny powerplant cranks out 134 horsepower and 162 pound-feet of torque. The same 2.0-liter four-cylinder in the American models is offered in a detuned state in the 20i, which comes with 189 horsepower and 207 pound-feet on tap. The 25i sits at the top of the gasoline range with the same output as the U.S.-spec 28i model.

A hybrid version using the 25Le iPerformance nameplate is also offered. The drivetrain brings together the 134-horsepower three-pot engine and a 94-horepower electric motor. Total system out is rated at 228 horsepower and 284 pound-feet of torque.

Moving over to diesels, there are four different versions available

Moving over to diesels, there are four different versions available. The base 16d is powered by a 1.5-liter three-cylinder that’s good for 114 horsepower and 199 pound-feet, while the 18d gets its juice from a 2.0-liter four-pot that cranks out 148 horses and 243 pound-feet. The 20d and 25d use the same four-cylinder, but output increases to 187 horsepower and 295 pound-feet and 228 horses and 332 pound-feet, respectively.

Transmission choices include a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic for all models, save for the sDrive18i, which uses a six-speed automatic.

Word has it that BMW is also looking to launch an X1 M model, but official details are still under wraps as of 2017.

Drivetrain Specifications

Engine type B46
Config/No of cyls/valves in line/4/4
Engine Technology BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with turbocharger
Stroke 94.6 MM
Bore 82 MM
Displacement 1998 cc
Compression rate :1 10.2
Engine power 228 HP @ 5,000 RPM
Engine torque 258 LB-FT @ 1,250 RPM
Top speed 130 MPH
Top speed optional 143 MPH
0-60 mph 6.3 seconds


The X1 is equipped with a Head Protection System and Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags

On the safety side of things, the X1 has a number of features to help keep you and your family safe. For starters, the X1 is equipped with a Head Protection System and Front-seat-mounted side-impact airbags. Furthermore, the X1 is equipped with driver and passenger front airbags with “advanced technology,” dual-threshold, dual-stage deployment knee airbags and front-passenger seat sensors designed to prevent unnecessary airbag deployment. All seatbelts have automatic-locking retractors, with the front seatbelts having automatic pretensioners. There are also impact sensors on the body that will deactivate the fuel pump, automatically unlock all doors, and turn on the interior lighting and hazard lights upon the unfortunate event of an accident.

For 2016, the IIHS put the X1 through its standard crash safety testing, and the X1 performed admirably. The car received a “Good” rating for small frontal overlap, moderate frontal overlap, side impact, roof strength, and head restraints during testing. Furthermore, when equipped with the optional front crash prevention system, the X1 earns an advanced rating. In the 12 mph test, impact speed was reduced by 10 mph. During 25 mph tests, impact was reduced by 7 mph. It should be noted that the crash prevention system also includes forward collision warning that meets the NHTSA’s criteria collision warning systems. As such, these test results led to the 2016 BMW X1 being named as a Top Safety Pick+ by the IIHS.


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Although switching from RWD to FWD will enable BMW to reduce the X1’s production costs, that won’t bring cheaper SUV to showrooms, but put bigger profits in the company’s coffers. As a result, U.S. pricing starts from $33,900, a slight increase compared to the outgoing model.


Audi Q3

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Launched in Europe in 2011, the Q3 needed three years to come to North America, but its arrival put a significant hole in BMW X1 sales. Although not quite as sporty as the Bimmer, the Q3 comes with a more luxurious interior and a four-cylinder engine that’s both powerful and efficient. The 2.0-liter mill cranks out 200 horsepower and 207 pound-feet of torque and pushes the crossover from zero to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds, while returning 29 mpg on the highway and 20 mpg in the city. In Europe, Audi offers significantly more drivetrains, starting with the 1.4 TFSI, a 1.4-liter four-cylinder rated at 150 horsepower and 184 pound-feet. The 2.0 TFSI is a little less powerful than in the U.S., generating 180 horses. A more powerful version with 220 horsepower and 258 pound-feet is also available. On the diesel front, there are three variants using a 2.0-liter four-cylinder. The base model comes with 120 horsepower and 214 pound-feet, but Audi also offers a 150-horsepower and 251-pound-feet version. The range-topping model generates 184 horsepower and 280 pound-feet. Pricing starts from $32,900.

Read our full review of the 2018 Audi Q3.

Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class

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Brought into showrooms for the 2015 model year, the GLA-Class is Mercedes’ first venture in this market. Specifically designed to compete with the BMW X1 and Audi Q3, the GLA slots right below the Mercedes-Benz GLC-Class, formerly known as the GLK-Class, as the smallest crossover in the company’s lineup. Much like the Q3, the GLA crossed the pond to the U.S. with just one engine, a turbocharged, 2.0-liter four-cylinder good for 208 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of twist. Merc claims the GLA250 can return up to 35 mpg on the highway, which places it above the Q3 and the X1. While the U.S. gets just one engine, European customers have access to crossovers with the smaller, 1.6-liter four-pot. The GLA180 comes with 120 horsepower and 148 pound-feet, while the GLA200 cranks out 156 horses and 184 pound-feet. Three diesels round out the lineup, starting with the 1.5-liter rated at 108 horsepower and 192 pound-feet. A 2.1-liter oil burner is also available with either 134 horses and 221 pound-feet or 168 horsepower and 258 pound-feet. Pricing starts from $33,400 in the United States.

Check out our full story on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class.


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As the first mainstream BMW that ditches RWD for a FWD layout, the X1 received a lot of heat from old-school enthusiasts. However, that shouldn’t stop it from selling more than 100,000 units a year globally with an all-wheel-drive system on the options list for most models and standard for the range-topping trims. The updated engine and the extra interior space brought by the FWD layout will probably bring even more customers into dealerships. The fresh styling that makes it sleeker and more appealing to look at is another key factor that will favor the new X1. However, now that the crossover sports a UKL platform underneath, I can’t help but wonder whether the Mini Countryman isn’t the better option here. It’s definitely cheaper in S trim and with AWD and an automatic, and it should handle about the same. It’s only fault compared to the X1 is that it doesn’t have a BMW badge...

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    • FWD platform likely to be a disappointment for old-school enthusiasts
    • The most expensive vehicle in its segment
    • Needs more engines in the U.S.


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We based our rendering on the idea that the next X1 will be an evolution rather than a revolution. The biggest change will be, of course, the new headlamps, which will get the car’s fascia more in line with the rest of BMW’s SUVs, like the X3 and X5. Also, the kidney grille will be in a higher position and will have less height and width than before. Also, the lower air intakes at the front will be significantly larger than the current generation.

Spy Shots

March 17, 2015 - BMW X1 loosing camouflage

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November 11, 2014 - BMW X1 reveals its interior

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July 10, 2014 - BMW X1 starts dropping cammo

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January 17, 2014 - First winter testing

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Nothing new here, except that we get to see the X1 in the powdery white substance that is foreign to us Floridians.

December 10, 2013 - 2015 BMW X1 begins road testing

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Unfortunately, the prototype is so heavily camouflaged in these spy shots, so we cannot make out any of the details. What we do know is that this is, in fact the new X1, and that it is a good ways away from production. We’ll keep an eye out for more prototypes out testing and update you as soon as we catch them.

Update History

Updated 09/21/2015: We’ve added a series of new photos we took at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. Find them in the "Pictures" tab.

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Press Release

Today, BMW announced the all-new BMW X1 Sports Activity Vehicle. In its second generation, the new MY 2016 BMW X1 builds on the success of its predecessor (61,974 sold in the US to date) by incorporating a roomier interior, greater efficiency and technology on the forefront of innovation. The second generation takes to the stage with a body design typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0-liter TwinTurbo 4-cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower, making the all new BMW X1 the most powerful entry model in the segment. It will be mounted to an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. An efficiency-optimized version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology all help to enhance sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model. The all new BMW X1 also showcases its exceptional versatility with increased cargo area and greater interior room with more headroom than before. The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i will arrive in US showrooms in Fall 2015.

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Its cutting-edge premium ambience and functionality ensure the BMW X1 will stay ahead of the competition. Alongside its market-leading dynamics and efficiency, a host of innovative equipment features also help to secure the all new BMW X1 position in the class. Among the items on the options list are full-LED adaptive headlights, BMW Head-Up Display and Driver Assistance Plus.

Greatest interior roominess and versatility in its class

The all new BMW X1 is defined by its cutting-edge vehicle concept and advancements in the areas of functionality, safety and comfort. This multitalented model not only boasts more space for passengers and luggage, it also offers additional flexibility when it comes to utilizing its load-carrying capacity. Extensive standard equipment and numerous attractive options underline the premium character of the compact BMW Sports Activity Vehicle.

Merging functionality and versatility, the BMW X1 is the roomiest vehicle in its class. The overall interior room and comfort of the all new BMW X1 treat passengers to additional head and legroom. The horizontal surface design in the interior, create generous levels of space and an ambience typical of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. Power front seats are now standard and provide a seating position raised by more than one inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear when compared to its predecessor. Leg room in the rear has increased by 1.5 inches in standard specification and by up to 2.6 inches with the optionally adjustable rear seat while accessible storage areas like the compartment in front of the shifter emphasize the versatile character of all new BMW X1.

The driver focused cockpit and generously sized surfaces define the interior of the new BMW X1 as a classic Sports Activity Vehicle. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls all angled towards the driver aim to help and maintain control over the surroundings at all times regardless of changing road conditions.

The rear seatback can be split 40:20:40, with the three sections folding down individually or jointly. An optional sliding and reclining rear bench with individual elements that can slide forward or back by up to five inches allowing seating comfort and storage capacity to be adjusted even more precisely. The tilt angle for the rear-seat backrest can also be adjusted when fitted with the optional equipment seats and ranges from 31 degrees all the way to a near-vertical cargo position of 1 degree. A power-folding feature enables the rear seats to be folded at the touch of a button inside the luggage compartment. Cargo space has been increased by more than 15 percent (based on European measurements) allowing plenty of storage practicality.

The standard automatic tailgate operation makes using the X1’s load-carrying capacity even easier, and Comfort Access, offered as part of the Premium Package also includes a hands-free tailgate opening and closing function.

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The passenger compartment of the all new BMW X1 has large door pockets and offers a selection of smaller storage areas. A storage compartment is integrated into the instrument panel on the driver’s side. Positioned in front of the gearshift selector lever in the center console beneath a sliding cover are two cupholders. The front armrest for the driver and front passenger includes an integrated storage compartment. The standard storage package includes features such as nets in the backrest of the driver and the front passenger seat and a central armrest with cupholders for the rear adding to the new X1’s storage offerings. Safe transportation of goods is assured with a strap and net in the trunk.

Attractive equipment variants and exclusive comfort-enhancing options

Customers can choose between two non-metallic and nine metallic exterior paint finishes, allowing them to tailor their new BMW X1 to their individual tastes. Estoril Blue metallic is exclusively offered in combination with the M Sport package. Mirroring brand specific characteristics, the new BMW X1 offers a broad range of individualization. The M Sport package, available later this year, provides a sportier, quicker and slicker look and feel thanks to the 8-speed Sport Automatic transmission featuring steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters supported by M Steering Wheel and M Sport suspension and Sport Seats.

The Premium Package highlights once more BMW core attributes achieving an even higher look and feel of quality. The optional panoramic moonroof, increased in size compared to the outgoing model, underlines the roominess of the vehicle’s interior whereas the full LED headlights, both available with the Premium Package, highlight a strong and powerful stance on the road.

Standard equipment also includes front fog-lamps, alarm with remote-controlled central locking and keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a multifunction leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, a rain sensor including automatic headlight control and Dynamic Cruise Control.

Commanding presence, robust proportions, dynamic lines

The signature BMW X model design cues shape the all new BMW X1, while the height has been increased by an additional 1.7 inches, for a robust stance in all driving situations. The large, upright BMW kidney grille, lower air intake done in three sections and characteristic “six-eyed” looked formed by the twin round headlights and fog lamps give the new BMW X1 its distinctive face. Emphasizing the bold look of the new BMW X1, LED Daytime Running Lights are now standard with LED headlights available in conjunction with the Premium Package.

Flared wheel arches and lines converge in an X-shape into the kidney grille, contributing to the authoritative presence of the new BMW X1. Black borders on the lower edge of the body, the square contour of the wheel cutouts and the generous volume of the surfaces above them, all underline the solid statute of the compact BMW X-models. The center of the new BMW X1’s rear apron rises up significantly, mimicking the characteristic element of the front design. Their flat outline emphasizes the width of the rear end, with the vertically arranged black aeroblades which perfectly mirrors the roof spoiler, adding sporting accents.

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The all new BMW X1 offers standard 18-inch run-flat all-season tires with non-run-flat all seasons and a space saver spare available as a no-cost option for the first time. Our sport oriented customers can chose 19-inch run-flat performance tires as optional equipment.

The interior offers harmonious balance between driver focus and elegance befitting the classic style of a BMW Sports Activity Vehicle. The flat surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls angled towards the driver providing great overview inside and outside the vehicle. The controls located in the lower section of the center console are surrounded by high-quality surfaces and are with a newly designed trim accent bar. The instrument cluster, consisting of two circular instruments and framed by a small binnacle, also helps the driver to focus on driving.

The iDrive operating system’s Control Display comes in the form of a high resolution 6.5-inch or, optionally, 8.8-inch freestanding monitor. The interior trim accent and air vents are surrounded by an interior trim spanning the full width of the instrument panel. The interior trim and accent strip extend through the door panel trim, with the effect that occupants in all seats are surrounded by premium surfaces with a uniform material and color structure.

Other standard interior features include: Power front seats with driver-side memory, Anthracite headliner, storage package and multifunction sport leather steering wheel. Standard equipment for the new BMW X1 also includes an all-new SensaTec seat surface available in both Black and Canberra Beige and a Black high-gloss interior trim with Pearl chrome accent strips. Perforated Dakota leather trim is available in Black, Canberra Beige, Mocha, and Oyster as are interior Brushed Aluminum and fine-wood matt Oak Grain and Fineline Stream interior trims.

The standard sound system with 7 loudspeakers provides high quality audio. The optional Harman Kardon HiFi system, complete with 12 loudspeakers and a digital amplifier with 360-watt output, provide an outstanding audio experience while on the road.

Powertrain and driving experience

The second generation BMW X1 uses an all-new powertrain and chassis technology to build systematically on the compact BMW X model’s versatile sporting ability in its segment. The newly developed chassis technology, which ensures not only precisely controllable handling, but also noticeably improved ride comfort is another key factor that further enhances agility on the all new BMW X1. Together with the car’s low center of gravity, a wide track, short overhangs, optimized weight and the impressive rigidity of the body and chassis, all contribute to lay the foundation for a driving experience familiar to BMW drivers but without parallel in the class.

Highest power in it’s class

The all new BMW X1 will be available from launch with an all-new 2.0-liter BMW TwinPower Turbo engine featuring a twin-tailpipe design that draws further attention to the sporty character of the all new BMW X1. The BMW X1 xDrive28i features BMW’s new modular BMW EfficientDynamics engine, a 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo 4-cylinder unit with a TwinScroll turbocharger, High Precision Injection, VALVETRONIC fully variable valve lift, and Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing. This powerful engine develops 228 hp at 5,000 rpm, representing the highest power output in the entry model class and thanks to BMW’s EfficientDynamics technology. The peak torque of 258 lb-ft, which is available between 1,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm ensures once again that the driving torque is effortlessly and instantly delivered for a dynamic and agile driving experience. Its instantaneous pulling power enables acceleration of 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The new BMW X1 xDrive28i CO2 emissions stand at 152– 49 grams per kilometer (in the EU test cycle, depending on the tire format specified). US EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch.

Flexible, quick to respond and more efficient than ever: the xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system in the new BMW X1

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The compact, low-weight and efficient all-wheel-drive system distributes the engine’s power between the front and rear axle exactly as the situation requires – at all times. Working closely with DSC (Dynamic Stability Control) allows the system to act preemptively to counteract any tendency on the car’s towards oversteer or understeer. The BMW xDrive system therefore ensures excellent traction, optimized directional stability and enhanced cornering dynamics in all weather and road conditions. Furthermore, the combination of the DSC system and xDrive also includes Hill Descent Control.

The xDrive system of the all new BMW X1 consists of a single-speed bevel gear and a rear-axle drive unit with an electrohydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch than controls longitudinal torque distribution. The two are connected by a two-piece drive shaft. When required, the multi-plate clutch – with the help of an electrohydraulic pump – diverts up to 100 percent of the engine’s power to the rear wheels. It does so within fractions of a second and unnoticed by the driver. The DSC system keeps the pump’s control unit constantly supplied with important data for analyzing the driving situation. The data includes the vehicle’s speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, steering lock, wheel-speed, pitch, accelerator position and the Driving Dynamic Control and DSC settings. This information is used to determine – and instantly generate – the ideal power split between the front and rear wheels, seamlessly and flexibly.

A recipe for enthralling agility: sophisticated chassis technology

The chassis technology of the original X1 has been totally redeveloped for the new model with aluminum wheel hubs, as well as axle carriers and control arms made from high-strength steel, reduce weight and increase the rigidity of the front axle, which in turn helps to ensure an agile turn-in response and direction-changing precision. The rear axle also employs a high proportion of high-strength steels. Tube-shaped anti-roll bars at the front and rear axle, innovative axle mounting and specially tuned elastokinematics contribute to the agility and ride comfort of the all new BMW X1, as do the connection of the dampers to the body via sophisticated three-way support mounts.

The all new BMW X1 is equipped with standard Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance. This system allows parking and turning maneuvers to be completed safely and comfortably with little steering effort, and at higher speeds drivers can also benefit from steering precision and straight line stability as the steering effort is increased just the right amount.

The Driving Dynamic Control switch on the center console allows the driver to give the car’s set-up an even sportier, more comfort-oriented or efficiency-optimized character. Calling up COMFORT, SPORT or ECO PRO mode at the touch of a button adapts the responses of the accelerator pedal and steering as well as shift characteristics of the automatic transmission are also adjusted if the relevant equipment has been specified.

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The Dynamic Stability Control stability system includes features such as the Anti-lock Braking System (ABS), Dynamic Traction Control (DTC), Cornering Brake Control (CBC), Dynamic Brake Control (DBC), Brake Assist system, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying Braking and Start-Off Assistant and Performance Control. When DSC is deactivated, an electronic locking function for the front axle differential – known as Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) – comes into play. In tight corners the system brakes a spinning wheel as required and ensures power is diverted to the other wheel.

The enhanced functional effectiveness of all powertrain components, intelligent energy management, the rigorous application of BMW Lightweight technology and far-reaching measures designed to optimize aerodynamics all play a role in enhancing the efficiency of the all new, second generation BMW X1. The innovations developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics umbrella delivers greater driving pleasure.

Optimized exterior design

The all new BMW X1 also has smooth underbody paneling, air deflectors on the front wheel arches and vertical aeroblades, which form a unit with the roof spoiler to channel the airflow around the rear of the car to best effect. The Air Curtains integrated into the outer air intakes channel the onrushing air precisely behind the front fenders causing it to hang over the wheels like a curtain and thus reduce turbulence.

Engine, gearbox and BMW xDrive: lower weight, improved efficiency

The engine in the BMW X1 xDrive28i benefits from the latest incarnation of BMW TwinPower Turbo technology with TwinScroll turbocharger and the most recently updated generation of VALVETRONIC. This latest 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine incorporates aluminum crankcase and cylinder head, forged steel crankshafts with an integrated balance shaft drive, low-weight pistons, forged connecting rods, friction-reduced cylinder coatings and map-controlled oil pumps.

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With the reduced weight and enhanced internal efficiency, the new 8-speed Steptronic transmission also helps to optimize efficiency. The reduced converter slip of the new automatic transmission cuts energy losses, and its wider gear spread keeps revs lower at higher vehicle speeds contributing to the reduced emissions.

The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system developed for the new BMW X1 is considerably lighter with powertrain losses that are reduced by 30 percent in normal driving situations .The improved functional effectiveness of the new rear differential also helps to deliver a particularly efficient all-wheel-drive experience.

Intelligent energy management, ECO PRO mode with coasting function

The BMW EfficientDynamics technology employed in the new BMW X1 includes intelligent energy management. Brake Energy Regeneration enables extremely efficient power generation for the on-board power supply. The Electric Power Steering and on-demand fuel and coolant pumps work with maximum efficiency.

ECO PRO mode – activated via the Driving Dynamics Control switch – also allows drivers of new BMW X1 to make use of the coasting function. At speeds between 30-100 mph, the powertrain is disengaged when the driver takes his or her foot off the accelerator. Further efficiency gains have been achieved with items including reduced-friction wheel bearings.

BMW EfficientLightweight technology ensuring efficiency

The enhanced functional effectiveness of all powertrain components, intelligent energy management, BMW Lightweight technology and measures designed to optimize aerodynamics all play a role in ensuring that the new BMW X1 it is significantly more efficient. The innovations developed under the BMW EfficientDynamics banner form an overall package that delivers greater and more efficient driving pleasure.

An intelligent mix of materials for the body structure and chassis components of the new BMW X1 allows increased agility, lower vibrations and enhanced safety to be combined with optimized vehicle weight. The targeted use of hot-stamped, high and ultra-high tensile steels reduces the weight of the X1 yet also significantly improves torsional rigidity and strength. Contributing to the Lightweight construction of the BMW X1, components like the hood, the bumper supports and wheel hubs – among other areas of the car – are made of aluminum.

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The weight of the chassis has been reduced by the deployment of components such as tube-shaped anti-roll bars, output shafts and damper piston rods, not to mention the increased use of aluminum. The integrated BMW EfficientLightweight concept also contains solutions for construction details, such as the production of steel with optimized material strength – in the form of tailored rolled blanks – for the front bulkhead and B-pillar support beams.

BMW ConnectedDrive: Progress through intelligent connectivity

The second generation BMW X1 also brings significant advances in the field of intelligent connectivity over its predecessor. The new selection of options designed to optimize comfort; safety and the use of infotainment functions, such as the Head-Up Display, take their cues from those available from other BMW Sports Activity Vehicles.

BMW ConnectedDrive features on the new BMW X1 now include the newest BMW Head-Up Display which projects driving-related activities directly onto the windshield. The optional high-resolution 8.8-inch Control Display with touchpad controller will host BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services and provide Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information. As an option, a high-resolution 6.5” screen navigation with BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information is also available. By adding to the functionality of the infotainment system the new BMW X1 allows for increased safety by simultaneously providing greater comfort, all based on user selection.

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Technology Package including BMW Head-Up Display

The Navigation option assists route guidance on the standard Control Display with direction arrows and sophisticated map graphics, including views from various angles. With the standard multifunction steering wheel, the destination can also be entered by voice command. Another, in many respects pioneering option is the Navigation system, which comprises a bigger 8.8-inch Control Display, an instrument cluster with extended features, including a split-screen function as well as the BMW Head-Up Display. This system allows High Guidance instructions including lane recommendations to be shown in the instrument cluster’s TFT display or projected onto the windshield, as desired. The BMW Head-Up Display projects this and other information directly into the driver’s field of view, allowing him or her to register the information without having to divert their gaze from the road ahead. The graphics are displayed using the full spectrum of colors. The 8.8-inch Control Display in conjunction with the standard multifunction steering wheel destination also allow for info input by voice command.

Driver Assistance Plus

The camera-based assistance systems available for the new BMW X1 ensure greater assurance and safety in different driving situations. The Driver Assistance Plus package encompasses Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Automatic High Beams, as well as Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation. In addition to these functions, the Driver Assistance Plus package also features the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Park Distance Control and the Rear-View Camera are part of the Driver Assistance Package that transfers images onto the Control Display, making precise and comfortable parking maneuvers that much easier. Parking Assistant is included with the Driver Assistance Package and also helps the driver to find and make use of parallel parking spaces.

BMW ConnectedDrive Services and apps

The ConnectedDrive Services option enables the use of the BMW Online internet portal via the SIM card embedded in the vehicle, as well as the integration of smartphone apps into the car. Standard features also include BMW Assist eCall and BMW Teleservices. The steadily growing selection of smartphone apps comprises web radio functions as well as the use of social network services such as Facebook and Twitter or services like Spotify, Life 360, iHeartRadio among many more.

The ConnectedDrive Store offers even more flexibility. A one-time registration allows customers to adapt the range of services available to their individual needs – there and then or at a later stage. The ConnectedDrive Store is not only available on the internet but also directly in the car. The functions purchased are made available for use just minutes later.

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