2016 BMW X1 Goes FWD

2016 BMW X1
2016 BMW X1

BMW just revealed the second generation of X1. The compact luxury SUV is completely different compare to its predecessor. No, I’m not talking about its new exterior and interior design. It’s about its drivetrain. The previous generation was shared platform with BMW 3-Series Touring which was a rear-drive. But now the latest X1 is based-on UKL1 platform that can be found in Mini family and BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. It means that new X1 is a front-drive SUV and making it as the first ever SUV with FWD system from BMW.

X1’s new exterior design is more elegant and more mature. Up front, there’s new LED headlights design. The kidney grille is still there as a BMW identity. From aside, its design line is almost the same to the previous generation. BMW’s designer put sculpted lines on the doors to get more attractive look. At the rear, there are new LED taillights and dual-exhaust.

2016 BMW X1
2016 BMW X1

Inside, BMW claims that the cabin is roomier for both people and stuffs. There are a lot of features in the cabin, such as 6.5-inch display, 7-speaker, and cloth seats. But buyers can upgrade those features to an 8.8-inch display, 12-speaker from Harman Kardon, and leather upholstery options. Meanwhile for safety features BMW offers Lane Departure, Automatic High-Beams, Frontal Collision Warning, Pedestrian Detection, Adaptive Cruise Control, Park Assist, and more.

Under the hood, the carmaker offers 4-cylinder 2.0 liter petrol engine produces 189 hp and 280 Nm of torque, and 228 hp with 350 Nm of torque. There’s a diesel engine 2.0 liter with 148 hp, 187, and 228 hp. And the torques are 330 Nm, 400 Nm, and 450 Nm. The powertrains are mated to 6-speed manual transmission or 8-speed automatic transmission.

Text: Andhika Pradityo

Photos: BMW

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