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BMW X1: new generation revealed

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5th July, 2015

The second generation of BMW's compact SUV takes to the stage with a design typical of an X model.

The interior of the new BMW X1, meanwhile, offers improved space for passengers and luggage over the outgoing model.

Four-cylinder engines from the BMW Groupís latest generation of power units, an efficiency-optimised version of the BMW xDrive intelligent all wheel-drive system and newly developed chassis technology all help to enhance ride comfort compared to the outgoing model Ė with improved fuel consumption ratings too.

Among the items on the options list are full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, the BMW Head-Up Display and the Driving Assistant Plus system.

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New BMW X1 model

The new model has grown in height compared to its predecessor (+53 millimetres), which has helped increase the spaciousness of the interior. And its significantly raised seating position (+36 millimetres at the front, +64 millimetres at the rear) optimises the occupantís view out of the car.

Knee room in the rear has increased by 37 millimetres in standard specification and by up to 66 millimetres with the optionally adjustable rear seat, while the 505-litre boot capacity is 85 litres larger than that of its predecessor. Folding down the standard-fitted 40:20:40 rear seat backrest, which can also be specified in angle-adjustable form as an option, allows load capacity to be expanded to as much as 1,550 litres. The optional folding front passenger seat backrest and a rear seat bench which can slide 13 centimetres fore and aft offer additional variability.

Standard equipment includes air conditioning, an audio system with USB and AUX-in sockets, and the iDrive operating system, whose 6.5-inch display is integrated into the instrument panel in freestanding monitor form. Meanwhile, the Advantage, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport packages available as an alternative to standard specification open the door for individualisation.

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New generation of engines

In Europe, two petrol and three diesel units will be available from launch in October 2015, all of which have four cylinders and are members of the BMW Groupís new engine range. Outputs are from 110 kW/150 hp to 170 kW/231 hp. The engines link up with either a six-speed manual gearbox or an eight-speed Steptronic unit, both of which are new developments.

The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system also takes its place in the new BMW X1 in a further developed form. The weight-saving, compact and efficient system uses an electro-hydraulically controlled multi-plate clutch to distribute drive between the front and rear axle just as required for the given situation. Joining the line-up in the BMW X1 sDrive20i and BMW X1 sDrive18d is a front-wheel-drive construction which is already in service in the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer and BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer.

Head-Up Display and Driving Assistant Plus

The change of BMW X1 generations also brings significant advances in the field of intelligent connectivity. A new addition to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features is a BMW Head-Up Display which, as in the larger BMW X models, projects driving-related information directly onto the windscreen. The BMW X1 can now also be specified with the Driving Assistant Plus line-up of the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assistant, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function. These systems are complemented by an up-to-the-minute selection of apps allowing customers to add to the carís comfort, navigation and infotainment functionality, as desired.

Australian availability

Stay tuned to Next Car for particulars regarding Australian pricing, specifications and release date in due course. The new BMW X1 is anticipated to arrive in Australia in October 2015.


Specifications are subject to change without notice.



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