BMW updates its entry level SUV, the X1

Jun 3, 2019   Vehicle Launch

the new BMW X1 adds another chapter to the Sports Activity Vehicle’s ongoing success story. The new model update makes the BMW X1 an even more desirable proposition.

Key to its increased appeal are pronounced design revisions, a high level of versatility and a host of cutting-edge equipment features. Beneath the surface, meanwhile, powerful yet extremely efficient three- and four-cylinder BMW TwinPower Turbo engines and BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive are indicative of the driving pleasure on tap in the latest X1.

 

The X1’s new look is immediately clear, with the most prominent revisions found at the front and rear. Each of the model variants – from the base BMW X1 to xLine, Sport Line and M Sport – has been given a standalone visual presence tailored precisely to its character profile. The BMW X1 M Sport is a particularly athletic-looking option, courtesy not least of lowered M Sport suspension, BMW Individual High-gloss Shadow Line trim with extended features and the M Aerodynamics package.

 

The new BMW X1 exudes a more dominant, imposing aura at the front end, in particular. Here, a larger BMW grille – the kidneys now merging in the centre – links up with new Adaptive LED headlights including sharper light iconography and a bumper with integrated LED foglamps and larger air intakes.

 

The rear end of the X1 also houses new stylistic features. For example, the new inlay in the body-colour rear apron adopts the car’s main body colour. This new feature is included as standard and lends the rear end of the BMW X1 an even stronger sense of inherent class and coherence.

 

Another highlight can be found on the driver’s-side exterior mirror, which projects a two-tone LED “X1” image when the car is unlocked. This is far from just a visual trick; it also makes getting into and out of the BMW X1 that much easier.

 

At launch in summer 2019, all the petrol and diesel engines will meet the EU6d‑temp exhaust emissions standard; the BMW X1 sDrive16d and BMW X1 xDrive25d already fulfil the EU6d norm. The power generated by the efficient yet sporty three- and four-cylinder engines is translated – via BMW xDrive intelligent all‑wheel drive or a cutting-edge front-wheel-drive configuration, depending on the model variant – into dynamic performance on the road and supreme driving pleasure over rough terrain.

 

The BMW X1 sDrive16d, available with either a manual six-speed gearbox or seven-speed dual-clutch transmission, is particularly efficient. This engine produces 85 kW (116 hp). Majoring on sports performance is the BMW X1 xDrive25d which develops maximum output of 170 kW (231 hp) and torque of 450 Nm (332 lb-ft). It accelerates from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in a rapid 6.6 seconds. 

 

The BMW X1 xDrive25i is one of the top-performing models in the range in terms of dynamics. Its 170 kW (231 hp) engine teams up with the precise eight-speed Steptronic transmission to propel the car down the road with unbridled vigour. It epitomises the multi-faceted sporting ability which distinguishes all BMW X1 models. The xDrive25i races from 0 to 100 km/h (62 mph) in just 6.5 seconds.

 

The updated BMW X1 line-up now comprises 16 engine/transmission combinations, ensuring all customers have a wealth of possibilities from which to choose.

 

The suspension technology of the BMW X1 provides all models with the fleet-footed agility familiar to customers, delivers precisely controllable handling and imbues the car with sublime overall dynamics. The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system available for many of the models in the range splits drive torque between the front and rear axles to suit the situation at hand.

 

The debut of the new BMW X1 with plug-in hybrid drive system next year will see BMW stepping up the electrification of its vehicle line-up once again. The BMW X1 xDrive25e due to enter production in March 2020 – is fitted with the latest, fourth-generation BMW battery technology, which gives the battery a gross energy content of 9.7 kWh. As a result, the plug-in-hybrid BMW X1 can cover more than 50 km (31 miles) on electric power alone.

 

One of the highlights of the BMW X1 interior is the Control Display. A centrally mounted 6.5-inch screen is included as standard. If a navigation system is specified, either an 8.8-inch or the new 10.25-inch Touch Control Display – which can be operated using the BMW iDrive Controller, voice control or touchscreen technology – comes as part of the package.

 

The Control Display represents the ideal platform on which to explore the BMW X1’s richly varied infotainment offering and access the digital services from BMW ConnectedDrive. The latest versions of these are available as an option in the BMW X1.

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