The new 2016 BMW X1 has just made its web debut and received positive reviews from customers and journalists from around the world. So a natural question arises: will BMW build an M version of the X1 M? Rumors around an X1 M and/or an X1 M40i have been circulating for a while now, but BMW has yet to commit to any of these speculations. The F48 X1 M would take on the likes of Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes GLA45 AMG which seem to be doing well in this segment.
An X1 M would feature the usual M design; large air intakes at the front and redesigned bumper, flared fenders and a sportier rear end with the typical double twin-exhaust pipes. Under the hood, BMW would would only be able to fit a four-cylinder 2.0 liter engine which with the right tuning and parts could deliver past the 300 horsepower mark. An automatic gearbox or a six-speed manual would nicely complement the engine.
Couple that with BMW’s torque vectoring xDrive all-wheel drive system, M tuned suspension, bigger brakes and a cool looking body kit, and BMW has the perfect recipe for a hot-crossover.
The first generation X1 was already a fun SUV to drive and has been often praised for its handling and dynamics. The second-generation is expected to be just as fun to drive and faster as well, so the foundation for an X1 M has already being laid out. The X5 M and X6 M are seeing huge success in some markets, but the X1 M could be more than just a niche model and reach the mainstream consumer easier.
The folks over at Xtomi Design give us their own interpretation of the X1 M.