BMW France hosted earlier this week the national launch of the new 2016 BMW X1. The compact SUV was introduced in the Chestnut Bronze Metallic color – a color initially only available for the X1 and which offers – depending on the light – a completely different color experience. The second generation of the smallest BMW X model is represented in these photos by the X1 xDrive20d model. The entry-level X1 diesel is powered by the new four-cylinder B47 engine producing 184 horsepower. The small, yet potent X1 runs from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.6 seconds.

The top speed is 219 km/h and in the EU cycle, the X1 xDrive20d is rated, depending on tires, at 4.9 to 5.1 liters per 100 kilometers.


BMW’s second generation X1 will be available with such new options as Dynamic Damper Control, Adaptive Cruise Control, a Panoramic Moonroof, a Heads-Up Display and even Traffic Jam Assist which will take over driving at up to 37 mph and can control speed, proximity to other vehicles and lane-keeping. There are ten exterior colors offered: Dark Olive Metallic, Sparkling Brown Metallic, Chestnut Bronze Metallic, Mediterranean Blue Metallic, Glacier Silver Metallic, Mineral Grey Metallic, Mineral White Metallic, Jet Black and Alpine White.


The 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.


The BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the exclusive model in the U.S. at launch next month featuring a 2.0 liter TwinTurbo 4 cylinder engine from BMW’s new family of modular engines with maximum output of 228 horsepower.