BMW have unveiled the brand new X1 which features a new range of gearboxes and engines, dynamic BMW X styling and the latest in the xDrive all-wheel-drive-system. Since it’s release in 2009, the X1 has been a massively popular car, with 730,000 worldwide sales – 40,000 of which being the UK.
This new X1 will be available with the choice of a single petrol engine and three diesel engines. The xDrive20i produces 192bhp, meaning 0-62mph is dealt with in 7.4 seconds and allows a combined mpg of 44.8. The three diesel engines are the sDrive18d, xDrive20d and xDrive25d, which produce 150bhp, 190bhp and 231bhp respectively, with the xDrive25d hitting the 62mph mark in just 6.6 seconds but is the least efficient diesel engine at 56.5mpg – a prize which goes to the xDrive18d which achieves 65.7mpg. Each of these units have BMW Twin Power Turbo technology and are twinned with an eight-speed Steptronic transmission, except for the sDrive18d which comes with a new six-speed manual transmission.
There is also a new chassis, which not only promises better handling and rigidity but also better ride comfort. This teamed with the low centre of gravity and almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution allows for a sporty BMW driving experience.
The new BMW X1 is 53mm taller and 38mm shorter than the previous X1, making it look much more like a proper SUV. The classic ‘kidney’ grille sits between the two twin clusters of circular headlights and fog lights giving the characteristic ‘four-eyed’ look. Black plastic on the underside is met with silver kick plates on the side skirts which further reinforce the new X1’s more rugged demeanour.
The are three trim levels too choose from in the X1: xLine, Sport Line and M Sport. The top trim level, M Sport, comes with heated sports seats, larger alloy wheels, a sportier bodykit and a specific steering wheel to the M Sport trim. BMW’s iDrive system is present on all models, displayed on a 6.5-inch touchscreen monitor. Each model also benefits from automatic headlights and windscreen wipers and keyless entry. BMW’s ConnectedDrive is also available, meaning BMW’s navigation plus sat nav will be displayed on a larger 8.8-inch touchscreen monitor. A host of safety tech includes active cruise control, lane-departure warning and city braking as well as the anti-dazzle selective beam system.
The new 2015 BMW X1 will hit the showrooms on the 24th October 2015 in the UK, with prices expected to be announced closer to that date.