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2019 BMW X1

2019 BMW X1

Bimmer’s front-wheel-drive crossover is getting an update

The second-generation BMW X1 stormed into our lives only two years ago, but the German automaker is already preparing an updated model, as recent spy shots of a test mule X1 have shown. The prototype crossover is heavily wrapped in swirly camouflage, but we can still make out familiar elements of the model. The lack of meaningful updates lends credence to the belief that the updated front-wheel-drive-based crossover is in line for nothing more than a few nips here and a few tucks there.

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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.

Continue reading to learn more about the BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance.

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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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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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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.

Click past the jump to read more about the 2014 BMW X1 Exclusive Sport.

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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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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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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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2009 BMW X1

2009 BMW X1

BMW officially unveiled today the X1 Concept -the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment - that is set to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show.

Measuring 4,457 millimetres or 175.5" in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108 millimetres or almost 4.3" shorter than the BMW X3. The wheelbase of the BMW Concept X1, in turn, measures 2,760 mm or 104.4".

Design features typical of the brand additionally emphasise the unmistakable look and impact of the vehicle, the upright BMW kidney grille, dual round headlights cut off at the top, the large, almost square wheel cutouts, the black band stretching around the lower section of the vehicle, the distinctive contour line along the side and the horizontal lines at the rear again clearly confirming that this concept car is a genuine X model from BMW.

The BMW Concept X1 comes on 19-inch light-alloy rims in high-quality innovative ten-spoke design again characteristic of BMW’s X models. The newly designed, twin-colour wheels add a special touch of urban sportiness and agility in particularly elegant style. The narrow spokes on the rims, in turn, are twisted slightly to the outside, while the rim bars are cut off at the front, proudly presenting the bright silver colour of polished aluminium.

Press release after the jump.

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