Preview: the new BMW X1

New BMW X1.

The new BMW X1 – the successor to the model that blazed the trail for premium compact crossovers – is ready to inject an even more potent shot of Sports Activity Vehicle DNA when it arrives later this year.

The second generation X1 adopts a body design straight out of the BMW X model mould, and its interior offers significantly more space for passengers and luggage, a cutting-edge premium ambience and functionality grounded in solid engineering. Four-cylinder engines from the BMW Group’s 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 sporting ability and ride comfort compared to the outgoing model – with fuel consumption and emissions reduced significantly.

Alongside its market-leading dynamics and efficiency, a host of innovative equipment features also help to make the X1 stand out. Among the items on the options list are full-LED headlights, Dynamic Damper Control, a heads-up display and BMW’s Driving Assistant Plus system.

Rugged proportions and dynamic lines give the new BMW X1 a commanding appearance and highlight its status as the youngest member of the X family. The new model has grown in height compared to its predecessor (+53 mm), which has helped increase the spaciousness of the interior. Its significantly raised seating position (+36 mm at the front, +64 mm at the rear) optimises the driver’s view out over the road. Knee room in the rear has increased by 37 mm in standard specification and by up to 66 mm with the optionally adjustable rear seat, while the 505-L trunk 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 L. The optional folding front passenger seat backrest and a rear seat bench which can slide 13 cm fore and aft offer additional variability.

The interior design of the new BMW X1 combines the driver-focused cockpit design that has become a hallmark of the brand’s models. 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 as a freestanding monitor. Meanwhile, the Advantage, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport packages available as an alternative to standard specification open the door for individualization.

The xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system also takes its place in the new BMW X1 in upgraded 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 situation at hand.

The new X1 also brings significant advances in the field of intelligent connectivity. A new addition to the range of BMW ConnectedDrive features is a heads-up display which, as in the larger BMW X models, projects driving-related information directly onto the windscreen. The X1 can now also be specified with the Driving Assistant Plus line-up of active cruise control with stop and go function, lane departure warning, traffic jam assistant, collision warning and pedestrian warning with city braking . These systems are complemented by an up-to-the-minute selection of apps allowing customers to add to the car’s comfort, navigation and infotainment functionality, as desired.

We can’t wait to drive this new X1, and we think you’ll be excited about it too. It arrives in October; if you’re in the market for an X1 now, check out our inventory.