Space-efficient packaging; easy parking and maneuverability; rakish exterior; strong performance; luxurious interior; extensive option possibilities
The BMW X1, which arrives in fall of 2012, is an all-new compact luxury crossover that combines some of the attributes of smaller hatchbacks and wagons, as well as downsized proportions of BMW's larger X3 and X5, with a somewhat more upright look. Performance of this rear- or front-wheel-drive vehicle is quite close to that of the BMW 3-Series sport sedans, however.
At about 175 inches long--a little longer than the Range Rover Evoque, a little shorter than the Audi Q5--the BMW X1 is roughly the same length as a compact sedan, so parking and maneuverability will be easy. It also makes more of available space than some other small crossover vehicles, thanks to a low cargo floor and flat-folding seats. And while the X1 offers a lot of practicality and versatility--as well as EPA fuel economy ratings of up to 33 mpg on the highway--it promises good performance. Even with the turbocharged 4-cylinder in its sDrive28i guise, the X1 can accelerate to 60 mph in just 6.2 seconds.
The BMW X1 will be offered in three different models for the U.S.: rear-wheel-drive sDrive28i, all-wheel-drive xDrive28i, and all-wheel-drive xDrive35i. Both of the 28i models include a 240-horsepower, 2.0L TwinPower turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, while the 35i gets a 300-hp, 3.0L TwinPower turbocharged 6-cylinder. Both engines are mated to a 6-speed Steptronic automatic transmission.
The X1's powertrain is configured to help maximize both performance and fuel economy and to aid efficiency an Auto Start/Stop system, which stops the engine when idling at stoplights and then smartly restarts it when the driver lifts off the brake, is standard on all X1 models. Brake energy regeneration and a selectable Eco Pro mode also helps reduce consumption, and fuel economy ratings range up to 24 mpg city, 33 highway with the 4-cylinder.
All-wheel-drive models include an electronically controlled multi-plate clutch system that can vary power smartly between front and rear wheels depending on the conditions. Hill Descent Control, for stability on steep slopes, is also included, as is Dynamic Stability Control.
In exterior profile, the X1 looks like a somewhat scaled-down version of the up-sized X3 crossover, with the distinctive BMW quad round headlamps and kidney grille from the front with available xenon headlmps with LED light rings-and a more contoured look from the side, with flared wheel arches and turn signals integrated into the side mirrors. At the back, the X1 gets LED taillights.
Inside, the X1 has space for five, with the rear seatback split 40/20/40 to expand cargo space when needed and still retain passenger space. The angle of the rear seatback is also adjustable, and thanks to that the cargo space can be varied from 12.7 to 17.0 cubic feet. Otherwise, all of the seatback sections fold forward to a flat cargo floor, and there's enough continuous length beside the seat to fit two snowboards or four pairs of skis, according to BMW.
Standard equipment on all X1 models includes automatic climate control, heated power mirrors, an onboard computer, a leather-wrapped steering wheel, rain-sensing wipers, roof rails, fog lamps and a sound system that has HD Radio, and an auxiliary input. There's also full iPhone integration, as well as control for apps for streaming audio as well as the capability to show Facebook and Twitter posts.
Major options include an M Sport Package, with larger 18-inch Mdouble-spoke wheels and staggered-size performance tires, plus a Sport suspension, upgraded sport seats, an M Sport steering wheel, an aero kit, high-gloss roof rails and special Dark Aluminum or Light Fineline Wood trim, with an anthracite headliner. Packages include a Premium Package (panoramic moonroof, power memory front seats, universal garage-door opener, auto-dimming mirror; comfort-access keyless entry and Nevada leather); a Cold Weather Package (retractable headlight washers, heated front seats and a heated steering wheel); a Lighting Package (xenon headlamps, adaptive light control, ambiance lighting); and a Driver Assistance Package (rear view camera and parking distance control. Harman/kardon surround sound is a standalone option.
Vehicle Price: 31,725.00
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