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Sunday, 14 June 2015

Meet the new 2016 BMW X1

The new 2016 BMW X1, described by the company as a sports activity vehicle, is scheduled to go on sale in the U.S. in Fall 2015. At launch the car will be offered with a 2-liter turbocharged I-4 engine.
BMW has redesigned the X1 to offer more space, comfort, functionality and safety while retaining the family look, with the redesigned SUV sporting a number of exterior design elements seen onthe new X5. The new X1 features BMW's latest design language, replacing the rounded shapes of the first-generation vehicle with more angular elements. Overall, the car has grown by 1.7 inches in height while keeping the basic proportions, wide track, low center of gravity and the short overhangs of the first-generation model.
Powering the new X1 xDrive28i will be an all-new 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine equipped with a twin-scroll turbocharger, Valvetronic fully variable valve-lift, Double-VANOS variable camshaft timing, and direct injection. This unit will be the only engine offered on the new X1 at launch, and will produce 228 hp at 5,000 rpm and 258 lb-ft of torque between 1,250 rpm and 4,500 rpm, sending power to all four wheels.  BMW says that this new powerplant will make the new X1 the most powerful entry model in its segment, offering sprints to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. The new engine uses a forged steel crankshaft with an integrated balance shaftdrive, an aluminum crankcase and cylinderhead, friction-reduced cylinder coatings and forged connecting rods.
BMW has also redesigned the transmissionin the new X1, with the second-generation compact SUV set to feature a new eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission featuring a wide gear spread designed to keep revs lower at higher speeds, which should help fuel efficiency and reducing emissions.
BMW has updated the xDrive all-wheel drive system in the new X1, allowing it to send up to 100 percent of the engine power to the rear wheels by way of a multi-plate clutch that controls longitudinal torque distribution. Dynamic Stability Control makes torque distribution decisionsin fractions of a second based on the vehicle's speed, lateral and longitudinal acceleration, pitch, accelerator, position and steering lock. BMW says it has been able to cut powertrain losses by 30 percent compared to the xDrive system in the outgoing version of the X1, while reducing the system's overall weight. BMW has completely redesigned the chassis on the company'snew front-wheel-drive platform, reducing the weight and increasing the rigidity of the front axle through the use of high strength steel in components such as control arms and axle carriers.
When it comes to cockpit technology, the new X1 will offer the newest BMW head updisplay system which will project driving-related information including map graphics. The main screen in the X1 will be an optional 6.5 inch infotainment and navigation screen that will offer BMW Apps, real time traffic information, and BMW remote services. A larger 8.8-inch control display will also be on the menu, paired with a touchpad controller and an instrument cluster screen with supplementary features.
The X1 will be available with the optional M Sport package which will join the menu later in the year, offering a sport automatic transmission that will provide quicker shifts, as well as other M Sport bits like a tuned suspension, steering wheel-mountedpaddle shifters, an M Sport steering wheel and sport seats.
Complete pricing details and exact on-sale dates for the new X1 will be revealed closer to the model's launch.
SOURCE: autoweek.com

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