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2016 BMW X1 Photos Reveal Sleeker, Roomier Sports Activity Vehicle

2016 BMW X1 Photos Reveal Sleeker, Roomier Sports Activity Vehicle

By Philly Murtha, June 04, 2015

The 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) gets a sleeker, taller look with cues from BMW's larger premium crossover utilities. Built on a new front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform shared with the Mini Cooper, the second-generation X1 small luxury SUV features a roomier cabin, more fuel-efficient motor, and extra safety and connectivity technologies.


In the U.S. market, BMW will initially offer the new X1 only in the xDrive28i configuration, which is powered by an efficient, 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque when mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. BMW says the all-new X1 can achieve 0-60 mph in 6.3 seconds.


A redesigned, roomier interior features more front and rear leg room and expanded storage areas. New SensaTec seating upholstery is available in Black and Canberra Beige. Black gloss trim is accented with Pearl chrome strips. Other interior treatments are offered in leather with brushed aluminum and wood trim.


The cabin's instrument panel is more driver-friendly with flat surfaces and center console controls angled toward the driver to help maintain control regardless of outside conditions. Controls located in the lower section of the center console are finished with high-quality surfaces and a newly designed trim accent bar.


The 2016 X1 weighs 65 lbs. less than the current model and uses aluminum components. It is powered by a new turbocharged, 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine that is expected to be more fuel-efficient than its predecessor, which averages 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway, according to the EPA.


More electronic communication and safety technologies are offered on the 2016 BMW X1.The Driver Assistance Plus package includes lane-departure warning and mitigation, and park-assist systems. Voice-activated navigation is available. BMW's ConnectedDrive app integrates through smartphone apps to social media like Facebook or Twitter, as well as media providers Spotify and iHeartRadio.


Power-folding rear seats can be activated at the touch of a button in the cargo area, which has been expanded in size by more than 15% (based on European measurements) for more practical storage capability. A hands-free power liftgate is available as part of the X1's Premium package.


BMW offers new technology options on the 2016 BMW X1 that include the Premium package's head-up display, LED adaptive headlights, and a larger panoramic moonroof. A Drive Assistance Plus package features camera-based safety systems. Later this year, an M Sport package will be offered with sport seats, paddle shifters, and sport-tuned suspension.


Power front seats are standard on the new X1, as are front fog lamps, alarm with remote-control central locking and keyless ignition, electric window controls, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, an adjustable multi-function leather steering wheel, rain sensor including automatic headlight control, and Dynamic Cruise Control.


Along with a redesigned cockpit that is more spacious for passengers and cargo, the new X1 comes with a standard 6.5-in. dashboard display and a 7-speaker audio system. Consumers can upgrade to an 8.8-in. monitor and select an optional 12-speaker premium Harman Kardon audio system.

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