2016 BMW X1 Debuts With Class-Leading Features

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 BMW X1 has been revealed, ushering in the second generation for the entry-level luxury crossover.

Boasting class-leading interior roominess, versatility and power, the 2016 BMW X1 will initially launch in the U.S. this fall with the xDrive28i model. Powered by a 2.0-liter TwinPower four-cylinder engine, the BMW X1 xDrive28i has the highest power in its class with 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque, allowing it to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Mated to the powerplant is an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission that will drive the German automaker’s xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive system.

Improvements to the second-generation model include more space for passengers and luggage, as well as additional flexibility for taking advantage of its load-carrying capacity. As the roomiest vehicle in its class, the 2016 BMW X1 now has standard power front seats with its seating position raised by over an inch in the front and more than 2.5 inches in the rear when compared to its predecessor. Leg room in the rear has also increased by 1.5 inches in standard specification and by up to 2.6 inches with the optionally adjustable rear seat.

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Standard equipment on the 2016 BMW X1 includes front fog lights, an alarm with remote-controlled central locking and keyless engine ignition, electric window controls, electrically adjustable and heated exterior mirrors, a multifunction leather steering wheel adjustable for height and reach, a rain sensor including automatic headlight control and Dynamic Cruise Control. Along with the styling changes on the outside, BMW has given the X1 an additional 1.7 inches of ride height while LED Daytime Running Lights are now standard with LED headlights available with the Premium Package. Additional options include a heads-up display and BMW’s Driver Assistance Plus.

That package includes numerous safety and convenience technologies such as Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Automatic High Beams, as well as Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation. Also included is Active Cruise Control. Park Distance Control and a Rear-View Camera.

Helping shed weight compared to the previous model, BMW has used an intelligent mix of materials for the body structure and chassis components that also increases agility, lowers vibration and enhances safety. Aluminum body parts on the 2016 BMW X1 include the hood, the bumper supports and the wheel hubs.

Pricing on the 2016 BMW X1 was not announced.

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Jason Siu
Jason Siu

Jason Siu began his career in automotive journalism in 2003 with Modified Magazine, a property previously held by VerticalScope. As the West Coast Editor, he played a pivotal role while also extending his expertise to Modified Luxury & Exotics and Modified Mustangs. Beyond his editorial work, Jason authored two notable Cartech books. His tenure at AutoGuide.com saw him immersed in the daily news cycle, yet his passion for hands-on evaluation led him to focus on testing and product reviews, offering well-rounded recommendations to AutoGuide readers. Currently, as the Content Director for VerticalScope, Jason spearheads the content strategy for an array of online publications, a role that has him at the helm of ensuring quality and consistency across the board.

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