The Rundown: 2016 BMW X1


The BMW X1 reached the U.S market in 2012 and has been on sale overseas since 2009 and to be honest with almost 62,000 units sold in the United States which makes it a success, but was it ever a good looking car? Nobody would give you a clear answer, so the 2016 BMW X1 might solve that riddle. It is likely to make its official debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show – already confirmed for a sales launch this fall making it a 2016 model.

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Based on first impressions, I must say the new 2016 model looks gorgeous. I am not a fan of BMW’s new design direction – especially when it comes to the front fascia but all isn’t lost when you look at that wonderful behind. I can’t seem to get the new Lexus NX 200t F Sport out of my head whenever the word “crossover” comes into play, I mean that thing is just everything exciting blended into functional all packaged into one. So I will be judging based on that experience, but fret not BMW for you have put in enough effort to please school moms and functional dads around the world for decades before with your X5, and who is to say the smaller 2016 BMW X1 isn’t as good?


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To make things interesting, the 2016 BMW X1 is going to feature more cabin room, more fuel efficiency and a better design. BMW’s UKL platform will be used instead, and it will have Front-wheel drive in its native form just like the Mini models and BMW’s 2-Series Active Tourer range. In the U.S. Market, expect to see the 2016 BMW X1 in xDrive28i trim exclusively fitted with a turbocharged 2.0 liter four-cylinder engine and an AWD system. Not sure what the Middle Eastern market will be getting but it shouldn’t be far off.


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Expect the new 2016 BMW X1 to make it to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds and top out at 130 mph, which are pretty impressive numbers for such a car. Onto some technical talk; The AWD (All-Wheel-Drive) system bags a Haldex-style multi plate clutch – single-speed bevel gear and a rear axle drive unit. With up to 100 percent of the engine’s torque power being sent to the rear wheels while the electronic stability control system monitors vehicle speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration.

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