The 2016 BMW X1 long-wheelbase is a model destined for the Chinese market and has been spied testing several times before, but next week, BMW will officially unveil the extended X1 at the 2016 Beijing Motor Show. The standard front-wheel drive X1 has a wheelbase measuring 2,670mm (105.1 in) packed in a body 4,439mm (174.8 in) long. China’s version of the compact SUV grows by 110mm, now featuring a 2,780mm wheelbase (109.5 in).
The only visual changes that stand out are the extended rear passenger and roofline which is less sloping than the standard wheelbase model. The rear end is also a bit taller. Also, the shape of the three-quarter glass seems to be a bit different than the standard car.
Under the hood, the three and four-cylinder engines are mounted transversely hence there is not enough space for six-cylinder engines. In China, the X1 LWB will be powered by a 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. A three-cylinder-powered model is likely to be introduced as well. The engine should be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.
The LWB X1 will be built and sold exclusively in China by BMW’s local joint venture.