At the international media launch of the new 2016 BMW X1, Australian magazine Motoring spoke with a BMW representative regarding a future X1 M model. When questioned whether an M-developed X1 will be part of a future lineup, BMW refrained from committing to an affirmative statement and said the following:
“There’s certainly a place for this [in the line-up], but at the moment we cannot confirm such a model,” a source close to the X1’s powertrain development team told motoring.com.au.
“We know our competitors’ offerings, of course, and we know our buyers would love an M model, but at this point it’s too soon to say [if such a model is under development].”
Both Audi and Mercedes have high-performance variants of their respective small crossovers. Audi has the RSQ3 and Mercedes has the GLA45 AMG, so many believe BMW might be next in line to reveal a high-performance model of the recently unveiled X1.
BMW’s X1 M would follow the design lines of other M SUVs; large air intakes, redesigned and more aggressive front bumper, flared fenders, twin dual exhaust pipes, lower stance, and M Suspension tuning and brakes.
BMW’s 3.0 liter I6 engines will not fit the transverse setup of the front-wheel drive X1, but with BMW’s TwinPower technology, it could easily boost the 2.0 liter turbocharged engine to well over 300 horsepower.
The X5 M and X6 M are seeing huge success in some markets, so a sporty X1 M with a low price point could be a winner for the Bavarians.