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2016 BMW X1 Preview

2016 BMW X1 Preview

By Philly Murtha, June 04, 2015

Fast Facts:
  • Second-generation SUV model debuts this fall
  • Based on BMW 2 Series platform
  • Roomier interior with more head and leg room
  • Estimated 15% more cargo area
  • Smaller, more fuel-efficient engine
  • New technology offers safer, better ride and handling and in-vehicle connectivity
  • Initially available only in X1 xDrive28i configuration

BMW has taken the wraps off its redesigned 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The new streamlined small premium SUV, built in Leipzig, Germany, will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September. The new X1 SUV utilizes a front-wheel-drive (FWD) platform that is shared with the Mini Cooper. BMW launched its first-generation X1 SAV in 2009 on its rear-wheel-drive (RWD) 1 Series (now discontinued) platform and brought it to the United States as a 2013 model. This fall, the only X1 model to reach U.S. showrooms will be the 2016 X1 xDrive28i, powered by a 2.0-liter, turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. Pricing will be revealed closer to launch.

Exterior Features
The exterior of the 2016 X1 displays a more angular design, taking cues from BMW's other premium SUVs. The next-generation X1 is slightly shorter, wider, and taller than the outgoing model for a more robust stance, according to BMW. Large kidney-shaped grilles up front and twin round headlights and fog lamps give the new BMW X1 a "distinctive face," BMW says. LED daytime running lights are now standard.

Interior Features
The 2016 BMW X1 interior offers more room and a more upscale look compared with the 2015 X1, offering different types of leather and color combinations in the cabin. Surfaces of the instrument panel and center console controls are angled toward the driver. Power front seats are standard and provide a seating position raised by more than an inch in the front and by more than 2.5 in. in the rear.
A power-folding rear seatback works at the touch of a button inside the luggage compartment. Also, more storage areas and cupholders are included.

Optional Features
A host of innovative options on the new BMW X1 begin with full-LED adaptive headlights, BMW Head-Up Display, and the Driver Assistance Plus safety technologies system. BMW will also offer its M Sport package--available later this year--that features an 8-speed automatic transmission with steering wheel-mounted paddle shifters supported by a special steering wheel, sport suspension, and sport seats. A Premium package also will be offered with a larger panorama moonroof, adaptive LED headlights, and a head-up display.

Under the Hood
The only powertrain for the 2016 X1 initially available in the U.S. market will be the 2.0-liter, TwinPower 4-cylinder engine from BMW's new family of modular engines. It is mated with an 8-speed Steptronic automatic transmission. BMW claims the 4-cylinder turbo engine, which produces 228 horsepower and 258 lb.-ft. of torque, is the most powerful in its class and will enable the new X1 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds.

Fuel Economy
The new BMW X1 is said to be 65 lbs. lighter than its predecessor, and BMW claims that the new model, which uses some aluminum components, has a top speed of 130 mph. EPA mileage estimates will be available closer to launch, but BMW says the new X1 will be more efficient than before. For reference, the current 2015 X1 averages 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway.

An array of safety systems are available on the new X1, including camera-based assistance systems such as the Driver Assistance Plus package with lane-departure warning, speed limit information, and automatic high beams, as well as frontal-collision and pedestrian-warning mitigation. Also included in the safety package are active cruise control and parking distance control, to make parking maneuvers easier.

BMW also offers a navigation system option for the 2016 X1. With the standard multi-function steering wheel, a destination can be entered by voice command, allowing the driver to keep their eyes on the road and hands on the wheel. The system includes an 8.8-in. display, instrument cluster with extended features, and a split-screen function, as well as a head-up display.

BMW ConnectedDrive includes the newest version of BMW's head-up display. An optional 8.8-in. control display with touchpad controller will host BMW Online, BMW Apps, remote services, and advanced real-time traffic updates. The ConnectedDrive Services option, which allows the use of BMW's online internet portal, can be integrated with smartphone apps in the vehicle. Standard connected features also include BMW Assist eCall and BMW Teleservices.

Additional Research:

  2016 BMW X1 Photos Reveal Sleeker, Roomier Sports Activity Vehicle
The 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) gets a sleeker, taller look with cues from BMW's larger premium crossover utilities.
  2016 BMW X1 Preview
BMW has taken the wraps off its redesigned 2016 X1 Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV). The new streamlined small premium SUV will debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.
  2013 BMW X1 Preview
The new 2013 BMW X1 is a subcompact crossover SUV that is smaller than the BMW X3 and rides higher than the BMW 3 Series Wagon. When it goes on sale for $31,545, it will be the least expensive BMW model available in the U.S.​
  Concept-BMW X1 Preview
Critical Knowledge:A preview of the upcoming X1 crossoverStyling from the 1 SeriesBuilt on the 3 Series platform4- and 6-cylinder powerplantsStandard all-wheel driveIntroductionFollowing the success of the BMW X5 and X3 sport-activity vehicles (SAVs), BMW unveiled its X1 concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Although it is designated a concept car, the smallest SAV from the German automaker is expected to closely resemble the upcoming production X1 crossover.
  2011 BMW X1 Preview
Critical Knowledge:All-new designSmallest of the X-family lineupFive-passenger compact SUVMore head and shoulder room than the X3Gasoline and diesel powerplants (market specific)Rear- or all-wheel drive (in some markets)On sale in the U.S. in the first quarter of 2011IntroductionFollowing the success of the X3 and X5 sport-activity vehicles (SAVs), as the company refers to them, BMW unveiled its "X1 Concept" at the 2008 Paris Motor Show. Although it was designated a concept car, the smallest SAV from the German automaker was considered a sneak peek at a model BMW was already close to launching. The rumors rang true in September of 2009 when BMW finally took the wraps off the production-ready BMW X1 at the Frankfurt Motor Show.
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