2016 BMW X1 Ushers in a New Generation

Jason Siu
by Jason Siu

The 2016 BMW X1 has made its public debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show boasting class-leading features.

The German automaker unveiled the new crossover earlier this summer, but this is the first time anyone outside of BMW has had the opportunity to see it up close and personal.

The second-generation luxury crossover will arrive in the U.S. this fall as an xDrive28i model boasting a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder engine with 228 horsepower and 254 pound-feet of torque. BMW claims that the X1 has the highest power in its class, allowing it to go 0-60 in 6.3 seconds. The engine will be paired to an eight-speed Steptronic automatic transmission and comes standard with all-wheel drive.

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Improvements to the model includes additional cargo space, making it the roomiest vehicle in its class. Compared to its predecessor, the 2016 BMW X1 has 1.5 inches more leg room in the rear in standard specification and up to 2.6 inches with the optional adjustable rear seat. The crossover also sheds some weight with aluminum being used on the hood, bumper supports and wheel hubs.

When the 2016 BMW X1 arrives in the U.S., it’ll be priced from $35,795 including destination.

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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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  • Smartacus Smartacus on Sep 15, 2015

    Does anybody know what is the torque distribution during normal driving? I remember when Jaguar fans begrudgingly kept silent about the awd X-type because the torque distribution was 40:60 front/rear.