2016 BMW X1 – World Premiere

BMW X1 | June 3rd, 2015 by 33
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The BMW X1 may not be a fan favorite amongst BMW fans, but there’s no denying it paved a way for other small SAVs, like …

The BMW X1 may not be a fan favorite amongst BMW fans, but there’s no denying it paved a way for other small SAVs, like the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA Class. Introduced in 2009, the X1 became the pioneer for the segment. Now, it’s time for the X1 to evolve into something new, and hopefully continue to blaze trails for others to follow.

The new 2016 BMW X1 has grown quite a bit over the previous model, sprouting 53 millimeters in height, with a 36 millimeter raise in the front seating position, to give the X1 a more commanding view of the road. This increase in size, and switch to front-wheel drive architecture, has also given the X1 better interior space, to the tune of 37 millimeters more rear knee room and 85 liters more cargo space, bringing the total to 505 liters. With the rear seats folded down, the X1 has 1,550 liters of cargo space.

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The extra growth of the X1 has worked wonders on the somewhat cramped original model’s interior, but it’s also given the exterior styling quite a more masculine feel. The original X1, while a favorite of mine, always looked a bit frumpy. But this new model looks very nice indeed, with crisp lines and curves and those massive kidney grilles. It’s definitely more imposing that the slightly ungainly looking original. I like how the headlights stay disconnected from the grille. Those headlights will also have a full LED option, which looks the business on new BMWs. I also like how the angry looking slant of the hood and headlights, combined with the lower front fascia, create an ‘X’. It’s the little things that matter.


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Engine options for the new 2016 BMW X1 will be a bunch of 2.0 liters, two petrol and two diesel. There will be an X1 xDrive20i, xDrive25i, xDrive18d and xDrive25d as well as an sDrive20i which will be front-wheel drive. All engines will displace 2.0 liters and all will feature BMW’s TwinPower turbocharger technology. The xDrive25i and xDrive25d have 231 horsepower, but the petrol engine will have 258 lb-ft of torque and the diesel will have 332 lb-ft. An Aisin eight-speed automatic will be standard on most models, with the xDrive18d being available with a newly designed six-speed manual.

The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the US at launch featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower.



Okay, so the part you’ve all been waiting for. The front-wheel drive. For those of you who are fretting over the switch to front-wheel drive, fear not. The xDrive all-wheel drive system is capable of sending 100 percent of the power to the rear wheels if need be. Yes, it’s front-wheel drive under normal conditions, but when pressed hard, the xDrive will divert power to whichever axle to maintain proper balance and eliminate both over and understeer. This should go along way to help the X1 handle well, especially considering the newly designed chassis. The new X1’s chassis is extremely lightweight, using aluminum wheel carriers and swivel bearings as well as high-strength steel control arms and rear subframes. So this X1, despite being FWD-biased, should handle quite well.


The X1 will be available with such new options as Dynamic Damper Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Panoramic Moonroof, a Heads-Up Display and even Traffic Jam Assist which will take over driving at up to 37 mph and can control speed, proximity to other vehicles and lane-keeping. So the X1 won’t just be the baby BMW, it will be high-tech and sophisticated, much like BMW’s higher-end models.


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The original X1 is one of my personal favorite BMWs, though it doesn’t get as much love as it should elsewhere, and this new one is shaping up to be even better. Yes, it’s front-wheel drive based, which may seem like sacrilege to BMW fans, but that doesn’t matter. With xDrive, the new X1 should be just as fun as the old one to drive, maybe even more so. And being front-wheel drive based, it’s cheaper for BMW to make, allowing the savings to be passed down to the customer, via more standard equipment and higher build quality. It also means better packaging and more interior space, something the original lacked. So all in all, this new X1 is shaping up to be quite a good little car. I can’t wait until we can test one out and see how the first FWD BMW handles.

The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i will arrive in US showrooms in Fall 2015.

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33 responses to “2016 BMW X1 – World Premiere”

  1. mckillio says:

    This looks great and the headlights are easily the best of any new BMW. I’m really glad to see the increased interior measurements, the rear seat was a bit tight. I’m surprised that the diesel won’t be available in the US and that the I3 won’t be offered overseas.

    My biggest disappointment is that power and torque are down though it is 66lbs lighter and 0-60mph is the same. Hopefully the new engine and lower weight will give a few extra mpg, 25/34 would be great. Ground clearance is up .2″ too.

    I will be waiting for the LCI version along with the inevitable PHEV option but as long as I can talk my wife out of the next Q3 (her only argument is that Audis are cute) this will be my next vehicle.

  2. Kaisuke971 says:

    That’s how you FWD. I’m pretty sure this will be a nice ride, like it was before, but wit that bit of interior space more, and HELL YEAH dat look this car is absolutely great ! If the X1 looks that great, then i wonder how good the G11 will be !
    And damn dat sexy leather interior wow not bad at all guys, not bad at all.

    The old X1 was meh for me but this one yeah that’s a proper BMW. They’ve done a really great job with that new X1.

    • Icebreakerr says:

      is it FWD? i thought RWD? also is it a facelift or an actual new model?

      • CDspeed says:

        It’s all new, and it is FWD unless you buy the xDrive variant.

      • Kaisuke971 says:

        This is the all new F48 BMW X1. The old one, also the first one, was the E84. It seats on the new (at least for BMW) FWD platform (it can also be “AWD”), (like the Active/Gran Tourer 2 series i guess).

        • Icebreakerr says:

          oh i see thanks but isnt it abit late to be releasing an F series model i thought they were going into the G codes now? will there be a M sport version. i really like the looks of this new X1

          • Horatiu B. says:

            They will, with the new 7 Series. The X1 is still built on F

          • Kaisuke971 says:

            Yeah the 7 is the first to have the next letter in the code (F01/G11) and well you have to bring a last one so that’s when the X1 kicks in with its F48, being the higher number (if you don’t count ///M models and their separated upper codes).

  3. Scott Hogsett says:

    I noticed that the transmission is Aisin and not ZF. This must be the transmission that Mini will switch to since they currently run a 6 speed auto.

  4. IceDree says:

    Well, it looks much better than I excepted …

  5. CDspeed says:

    It looks fantastic, and being BMW’s smallest SAV I don’t mind it being FWD. I think this will be an even greater success for BMW then the first generation.

  6. Brit says:

    I think it is the best looking car BMW has made in the past 2 years, a whole lot better than X3 facelift, X4, X5 and X6. The lines are much cleaner and crispier especially in the front, while the interior is great for its class too. Hopefully it doesn’t only look good after adding tons of options, which usually is the case for BMW. Otherwise I think it looks better than the Q3 and GLK! Just saying, the first impression I had on the new X1 is that it somehow resembles Mazda’s CX5’s front design…? Anyway, finally BMW… Don’t disappoint us once again with the 7 series..

  7. Icebreakerr says:

    m sport pics?

  8. Ofentse Letsholo says:

    Beautiful Beautiful Beautiful :-)

  9. BernardTruxall says:

    Um this is questionable at best: “Yes, it’s front-wheel drive based, which may seem like sacrilege to BMW fans, but that doesn’t matter.”

    Yes it matters. Why can’t it be RWD biased as it’s AWD only in the USA? The set up they’re suggesting sounds an awful lot like the cruddy Haldex systems in other cars.

    Why the lower power?

    • Tom says:

      Why? Because of the SPACE! In this segment, the typical customer wants to have a higher sitting car with enough space for his activitys. And it is way more flexible, with the seats etc. There are so many reasons for making it FWD. And honestly, the normal customer wouldnt even notice where the drive is coming from, neither with FWD, AWD or RWD.

      • BernardTruxall says:

        It’s already AWD… so the argument of space is nullified. Why can’t the AWD be RWD biased? That would win over existing BMW fans and non-fans would never notice.

        • The argument isn’t nullified. A front-wheel drive based setup, with a transverse engine, is far less intrusive to rear passenger and cargo room, even with awd. The proof is in the pudding, as this new X1 has far improved space and driver position over the last gen, even with all-wheel drive.

          • BernardTruxall says:

            But why isn’t the car RWD-biased? There’s no reason to do FWD-bias when BMW has always catered to RWD. I get the packaging adds space… I don’t get the decision to reject RWD as the default.

          • Well, being FWD, it doesn’t really make much sense to transfer all or most of the power to the rear wheels all of the time. The good news is, that it can and will transfer 100 percent of power to the rear if need be. The xDrive system is very clever and will insure no noticeable loss in dynamics with the FWD switch.

  10. Will K says:

    FWD is still a big question, but I really would like to try a Diesel, X drive and stick. BMWNA, would you please send me one for test drive?

  11. iLeicaMike says:

    “switch to front-wheel drive architecture,”

    Maybe I’m a purist, and maybe they’ve done something beautiful with the way the power is diverted when needed to the rear wheels, but I love any form of interest in this vehicle when I read these words.

    • Horatiu B. says:

      Yes, but it’s still an xDrive car. Not sure why people are stuck in the FWD thing.

      • Shane says:

        Perhaps that’s because it is the best set up for a car for excellent driving dynamics that is associated with a brand that call itself the Ultimate Driving Machine??? A brand that has trashed Audi and looked down on Audi for their VW cost cutting initiatives, and now follow the same path to produce poorer quality with the aim of making more profits.

        So, this whole article basically tries to push for the fact that it can still be RWD if it needs to, i.e. you know RWD is better, so why are you saying you don’t know why people are stuck with the desire to have a RWD car??? Pity because the car will always be FWD biased, look at the direction in which the engine has been placed!

        It would be great to see how much they will charge its customers. It most certainly is cheaper to make this FWD rubbish. Let’s see if they REALLY pass the cost saving of this ‘poorer quality’ vehicle onto the customers. I wouldn’t be surprised if they charge more for the car.

        One thing you should mention in your article – yes the aim of this lower quality is to cut cost, but they cut cost to MAKE MORE MARGIN AND PROFITS, not to pass onto you! What a joke!

  12. rayokay says:

    There is no mention of blind spot assist. Will this new X1 have it available?

  13. rayokay says:

    One more question: will the 2018 X1 have a hitch available? I want to put a rear-mounted bike rack utilizing a hitch rather than lift bikes onto a roof rack.

  14. rayokay says:

    I meant 2016, not 2018

  15. rayokay says:

    One more question: will the 2016 X1 have a hitch available so I can use a rear-mounted bike rack rather than having to lift bikes onto a roof rack?

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