BMW is bringing the all-new 2016 BMW X1 to the United States with a bevy of improvements over the last model. The last BMW X1 was a successful product in the US selling 61,974 models to date. More than just an entry-level BMW, the BMW X1 fit the active lifestyle-types, the well-heeled and upwardly mobile alike. It’s a fine ride for a small family, too.
The old BMW X1 was a bit tight inside. It’s overall proportions were pretty small and it didn’t look like an SUV from BMW. It was far more akin to a regular BMW wagon. Functionality and versatility were not up to the standards set by competitors. It lacked the technical toys that many competitors have and it could have been more efficient too.
The current BMW X1 makes 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque at just 1450 rpm. That is more power and torque than the new model.
“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.” – – BMW Media
The only transmission available is the 8-speed Steptronic. It can be paired with BMW’s newest XDrive (“intelligent all-wheel-drive system”) that promises to be more efficient and more sophisticated for daily driving. The power delivery of the last BMW X1 was impressive and its ride, though a bit harsh, was very sporty. The new 2016 BMW X1 is said to have a much better balance between performance and comfort.
Interior upgrades, redesigns and amenities in the new 2016 BMW X1 can enhance comfort. Adding 1.7 inches to the height helps. BMW has made the interior of the 2016 BMW X1 more utilitarian, larger/more commodious, more comfortable and luxurious. That information is based on BMW’s press release, but it’s pretty easy to see by the photo, the new 2016 BMW X1’s interior has improved.
“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.” As stated by the BMW press release.
The release goes on to say, “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 2016 BMW X1 will arrive in United States showrooms in Fall 2015.
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