The second generation BMW X1 was just launched in Austria where members of the press were able to experience the new mini crossover. So far, the response has been overwhelmingly positive and the new X1 is shaping up to be a great success for the brand. With the new F48 X1 BMW of North America will also launch the all-wheel drive vehicle based on a front wheel drive (FWD) platform. While that smacks of heresy to the fanboix, it is the way forward.

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.


The new X1, with its better proportions and stylish interiors may draw buyers in. And one suspects that the potential buyers are agnostic in regards to the orientation of the drivetrain (Mercedes Benz’s GLA being a good example).

Penned by Calvin Luk, the young Aussie responsible for the 1 Series LCI, the F48 X1 is not only the first front-wheel drive X-car, but also a preview of the future BMW design language. F48’s front-end is more muscular than the E84 X1, the massive kidney grille inspires confidence and sportiness, while the elongated headlights house the equally beautiful LED lights. The hood slopes downward more, which is also attributed to the taller ride height, and has creases in it to give the X1 a more sporting appearance. The rear of the new X1 sits more upright and it is also more massive than its predecessor; couple that with beautiful taillights and the new X1 is a beauty from any angle.


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.


Now let’s take a look at a series of videos highlighting the new BMW X1.