Redesigned 2016 BMW X1 Stands Tall in the SUV Segment: Sports a Commanding Presence

The redesigned all-new 2016 BMW X1 is a tall SUV gaining 53 mm in height over the previous model. The height, in addition to offering a commanding presence to the vehicle, allows for added space inside the SUV.

The higher roofline and a lower center of gravity enable the vehicle to obtain almost perfect 50:50 weight distribution. The new tall SUV sports a wider track, has optimized weight, short overhangs and rigid body and chassis lending a commanding aura to the X1.


The X1 will come in three diesel units and one petrol unit, each powered by 2L BMW TwinPower Turbo Technology. The petrol unit promises to deliver 192 bhp and a peak torque of 280 Nm that will be reached with just 1,250 rpm. The petrol X1 xDrive20i features the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission. The petrol version is estimated to reach from 0-62 mph in 7.4 seconds, will have a fuel economy of 44.8 mpg and carbon emissions of 146 g/km.

Diesel models include the BMW X1 xDrive25d featuring multi-stage turbocharged engine that delivers 231 horsepower and a peak torque of 450Nm. This also comes with the standard 8-speed Steptronic transmission, and the SUV is estimated to go from 0-62 mph in 6.6 seconds, delivers a mileage of 56.5 mpg and carbon emissions of 132 g/km.

The X1 sDrive 18d and X1 xDrive20d boasts 150 bhp and 190 bhp respectively, and is estimated to reach from 0-62 mps in 9.2 and 7.6 seconds respectively. The X1 sDrive 18d offers a mileage of 68.9 mpg and carbon emission of 109 g/km and the X1 xDrive20d boasts 128 g/km and 57.6 mpg.

The interior of the BMW X1 sports a Control Display controlled by the iDrive operating system. This comes with a 6.5 inch or 8.8 inch monitor. The navigation system is now a standard fitting in all BMWs being rolled out from September. The rear seat comes with a 3-section split and folding backrest and an optional feature of sliding it forward or backward by 13cm.

Other standard specs in the BMW X1 include a cloth seat surface with different color combinations such as Anthracite/Black while the interior trim strips come in oxide, silver dark matt and accent strips in high-gloss black. The leather seat option comes with Dakota leather trim in Canberra Beige or Black.

Depending on the model, the all-new BMW X1 comes with new transverse/front mounted 4-cylinder engines and a new front-wheel-drive configuration or an innovative BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system.

The DSC stability features include ABS, the Anti-lock Braking System, DTC which stands for Dynamic Traction Control, CBC, which denotes Cornering Brake Control, Brake Assist system, Dry Braking functionality, Fading Compensation and Start-Off Assistant.

Other technological options that are available for customers include ADB, Active Differential Brake, trailer stabilization function and Performance Control. When users choose to deactivate the DSC functionality, the Electronic Differential Lock Control (EDLC) takes over. The EDLC is an electronic locking program for the front axle differential.

Internet connectivity inside the new BMW X1 is delivered via the BMW ConnectedDrive. This comes with a navigation option that displays route guidance on the Control Display. The route guidance displays sophisticated map graphics, views from different angles and direction arrows.


Another optional feature is the BMW Navigation Plus System comprising of an 8.8 inch Control Display, a split-screen function, an instrument cluster and a Head-Up Display. Other driving assisting technologies include the Driving Assistant with Lane Departure Warning, the BMW Selective Beam anti-dazzle High Beam Assistant, Speed Limit Info with No Passing Info display and Collision Warning and Pedestrian Warning with City Braking function.

Apart from all these, the Driving Assistant Plus range comes with Active Cruise Control system with an inbuilt Stop & Go function. This will maintain the desired preset speed and safety distance from vehicles ahead. The Driving Assistant Plus also comes with Traffic Jam Assistant. Rear-view camera, Parking Assistant and Park Distance Control are other optional features that are available for the new BMW X1.

Leave a Reply