BMW introduced the fully redesigned 2016 X1 SUV this week. According to BMW, the redesigned subcompact SUV is more spacious inside than the outgoing model, which was introduced in the U.S. for the 2013 model year.
When it hits dealerships this fall, the 2016 BMW X1 will come in one trim: X1 xDrive28i, which means it has all-wheel drive and is powered by a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine that produces 228 horsepower. An eight-speed automatic transmission is standard. No fuel economy estimates have been released yet, but BMW says the new X1 is more efficient than the outgoing model. For reference, a 2015 X1 xDrive28i returns an EPA-estimated 22/32 mpg city/highway.
According to BMW, the new X1 now comes standard with power-adjustable front seats and has more rear legroom and more cargo space than the 2015 model. The iDrive infotainment system comes standard with a 6.5-inch display screen or optional 8.8-inch screen. Leatherette seat upholstery is standard and leather is optional. Models with the available Driver Assistance Plus package have lane departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian detection, adaptive cruise control, parking sensors and a rearview camera.
The 2016 BMW X1 has all-new exterior styling, and Car and Driver thinks the new model looks more generic than the 2015 model. "While the previous X1, which was styled at BMW's Designworks, served as a playful and unique interpretation of a crossover SUV, the new X1 conservatively toes the line with the proven BMW styling language." Car and Driver adds that the X1 "loses its wagonlike distinctiveness."
BMW's 2016 X1 competes against subcompact luxury SUVs such as the Mercedes-Benz GLA-Class, Audi Q3 and Land Rover Range Rover Evoque. BMW hasn't announced pricing for the 2016 X1 yet, but the 2015 model starts at $31,200.
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