BMW has revealed the second generation X1 with all-new exterior, interior and platform.
Up front, the headlamps are redesigned and available with full LED lighting, and the kidney grille, upper (BMW kidney) grille, air dam grille, air inlets and hood have been restyled for a sportier appeal.
The cabin has been refreshed with more upmarket interior and new technologies. The iDrive infotainment system’s display is now integrated into the instrument panel in freestanding monitor form. The increased height has made the cabin more spacious. The seating position has been raised by 36 mm at the front and by 64 mm at the rear. The knee room in the rear has been increased by 37 mm in standard specification and it can be extended by up to 66 mm with the optionally adjustable rear seat. The boot capacity is increased by 85 litres to 505 litres.
The next-gen SUV also brings the Driving Assistant Plus range of safety and assistant systems. It includes Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assistant, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. Head-up display also makes its debut on the X1.
The second generation model debuts front-wheel drive setup (UKL platform) on the X1 while all-wheel drive will also be available. Two petrol and three four-cylinder diesel engines will be available initially on the 2016 X1. Power output will range from 150 hp to 231 hp. The engines will come matched to either a 6-speed manual transmission or a ZF-sourced 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The entry-level sDrive 20i (petrol) and sDrive 18d (diesel) models will have front-wheel drive setup, while the remaining will have the xDrive all-wheel drive setup.
The 2016 BMW X1 goes on sale in Germany in October this year. Most major markets outside Europe will get the all-new X1 in 2016 and the compact crossover will continue to be built at the company’s Leipzig plant in Germany.