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BMW X1 prototype: Available from 2015, primarily with front-wheel drive

In 2015, BMW is set to bring the new generation of the X1 SUV to the market. The compact SUV will presumably celebrate its launch at the IAA. The Bavarian carmaker is currently testing the initial prototypes in the far north.

Fewer all-wheel drive versions for the BMW X1

The BMW X1 has been on the market since 2009, while a mini-facelift was presented at the Detroit Motor Show in 2014. The big splash is then planned for 2015, which is set to cause a turnaround, especially with regard to technology. The new BMW X1 will then be based on the new front-wheel drive platform, which BMW and Mini will share. Following the lead of the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the BMW 1 Series range will also be brought to market as a front-wheel drive model.

As is the case in the current portfolio of engines, from 2015 the new BMW X1 will be offered with front (S-Drive) and all-wheel drive X-Drive. However with the new generation, the proportion of all-wheel drive models is expected to fall considerably, with around half currently produced as 4x4 models.

The basic engine in the X1 is a three-cylinder

As was already the case in the Mini just presented, the future engines will be based on the new modular engine system with cylinder units, all with a capacity of 0.5 litres. Thus, a 1.5-litre three-cylinder engine will feature as the basic engine in the X1 upon its launch, presumably in the form of a BMW X1 S-Drive 16i with 134 HP. The entry-level diesel engine will be a 113 HP 16d. As a new unit, the two-litre four-cylinder with 189 HP is to migrate from the Mini into the BMW X1.

The top-of-the-range model, which will initially be brought to market as a long version, will be the BMW X1 M30i. The Performance M model will be brought to market in 2017 and will be powered by a turbo four-cylinder engine with a two-litre capacity, which, like its competitors (the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes GLA 45 AMG) will produce around 325 HP. Of course the BMW X1 M30i is coupled with the all-wheel drive xDrive. In terms of price, the Power X1 is expected to come in at the same level as its competitors. The Mercedes costs from 55,900 Euros, while the Audi comes in at 56,600 Euros.

Visually, the BMW X1 is set to undergo further development. The headlights receive a new design, and the bonnet appears more contoured. The ribbing beneath the window line remains intact, and also surrounds the door handle as in the current X1. The skirting has been revised, along with the rear boot lid and lights.


Stefan Baldauf


22 January 2015
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