BMW has officially revealed the new 2016 X1 crossover which offers a number of enhancements over its successful predecessor.
New DimensionsThe new BMW X1 has grown somewhat with an increase in height of 53 mm compared to its predecessor. This translates into a larger passenger cabin and a raised seating position at the front and rear now gives both the driver and passengers a better view of the road ahead. Boot capacity has also improved by 85L compared to the outgoing model with the new X1 now offering 505L boot space. The rear bench is split in a 40:20:40 configuration and when folded down, capacity increases to 1 550L. The rear bench is also able to slide 13mm forwards and backwards for added versatility.
Interior FeaturesApart from the driver-focused cockpit and premium detailing associated with BMW, the new X1's standard equipment includes air conditioning, audio system, USB/Aux inputs and iDrive operating system via a 6.5-inch freestanding display.
For further individulisation, buyers can opt for the Advantage, Sport Line, xLine and M Sport packages which bolsters features even further. There's also an optional BMW heads-up display on offer as well as a Driving Assistant Plus Package which adds Cruise Control, Stop & Go, Lane Departure Warning, Traffic Jam Assistant, Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking.
Engine ChoiceA choice of two petrol and three diesel engines will be made available at launch, all of of which are 2.0-litre, four cylinder units with power outputs ranging from 110 kW to 170 kW. These engines can be mated to either a 6-speed manual or 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The range will eventually be expanded to include 1.5-litre, three-cylinder entry-level variants. Depending on the model, buyers can also opt for the XDrive all-wheel-drive system.
The new BMW X1 will go on sale in Germany in October 2015 and can be expected in South Africa in the same month, according to BMW South Africa. We will keep you updated when local specs and pricing becomes available.