The official press release of the new 2016 BMW X1 mentioned the new entry-level SUV sporting a combination of diesel and petrol 2.0 liter four-cylinder engines. But even though early reports referenced three-cylinder powerplants being available, no official confirmation was given. At least until today.
In the official price list of new X1, the B38 1.5 liter three-cylinder gasoline engine is mentioned next tot he BMW X1 sDriv18i. The engine produces 136 horsepower and for now it will only power the FWD sDrive18i. An xDrive18i could follow in the future.
With an EU consumption of 5.1 to 5.3 liters per 100 kilometers, the three-cylinder X1 is significantly more economical than the four-cylinder petrol engine; the 192 hp X1 sDrive20i has an EU cycle fuel consumption of 5.9 to 6.0 liters. With the four-wheel drive xDrive, the consumption rises to 6.3 to 6.4 liters.
The engine is matted to a six-speed automatic developed by Aisin.
With a price tag of 29,950 euros the X1 sDrive18i is by far the cheapest X1; the current base diesel sDrive18d costs around 32,900 euros. However, it is only a matter of time before an X1 sDrive16d with the three-cylinder diesel B37 engine would follow.