2016 BMW X1 gains interior space, new tech – Automotive News

Posted: Wednesday, June 03, 2015

The second-generation BMW X1 compact crossover gets more interior room, an updated exterior and additional technology for the 2016 model year.

The X1 — BMW’s entry crossover in the U.S. — will go on sale this fall. It competes with the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLC that replaces the GLK, Audi A3 and Range Rover Evoque. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, BMW said.

BMW said it has sold 61,974 X1s since the crossover went on sale in the U.S. market in August 2012. The U.S. got the vehicle in the middle of its lifecycle.

The redesigned X1 uses the BMW Group’s new transverse engine architecture shared with Mini. The architecture is also being used on 2-series models that not scheduled to go on sale in the U.S.

Because of the new architecture, the X1 has more interior and cargo room than the current model. BMW said its new all-wheel-drive system and chassis will improve the X1’s handling and ride comfort.

BMW will offer new options on the X1 including a head-up display, full-LED adaptive headlights and its Drive Assistance Plus package. Power front seats will be standard.

AWD for U.S.

The U.S. market will initially only get the all-wheel drive X1 xDrive28i with a 2.0-liter twin-turbo four-cylinder engine from a new family of modular engines. A front-wheel drive model will be sold in Europe; it is unclear whether this version will come to the United States. The 228 hp engine will be mated to an eight-speed Steptronic double-clutch automatic transmission.

Because of the new architecture, BMW says the X1 has 1.5 more inches of rear legroom than the current model. The seating position is raised 1 inch in the front and 2.5 inches in the rear. A sliding and reclining rear bench seat is optional.

The new generation X1 is 1.7 inches taller at 62.5 inches. It rides on a 105.1 inch wheelbase, is 175.4 inches long and 71.7 inches wide.

Lightweight materials

With a curb weight of 3,660 pounds, 2016 X1 is 66 pounds lighter than its predecessor. BMW attributes that to an “intelligent mix of materials for the body structure and chassis components” that also increase agility, lower vibrations and improve safety.

Hot-stamped high and ultra-high tensile steel helps lower vehicle weight while improving torsional rigidity and strength, BMW said. Aluminum is used for the hood, bumper supports, wheel hubs and other components to further reduce weight.

The X1 has BMW’s ConnectedDrive infotainment features and a head-up display. Drivers will use BMW’s iDrive controllers and a 6.5 inch or optional 8.8 inch monitor to access BMW apps, remote services and real-time traffic information.

The optional Drive Assistance Plus package is camera-based. It includes lane departure warning, speed limit information, automatic high beams, frontal collision and pedestrian warning, city collision mitigation, parking assistance, and active cruise control.

You can reach Diana T. Kurylko at dkurylko@crain.com. — Follow Diana on Twitter


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