By on June 3, 2015

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Coming to showrooms this fall, the 2016 BMW X1 aims to build upon the success of the outgoing first-gen crossover.

The sole model available at launch in the U.S. market will be the X1 xDrive28i, with power to come from a 2.0-liter twin-turbo I4 good for 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque for all corners. An eight-speed Steptronic automatic from Aisin will help move the five-passenger crossover from nil to 60 in 6.3 seconds on its standard 18-inch run-flat all-seasons or optional 19-inch run-flat performance tires, with speed topping out between 130 mph and 143 mph.

Inside, occupants will be greeted more head and legroom, with rear legroom gaining a 1.5-inch increase in its standard setup, 2.6-inches with optional adjustable rear seating. The rear seats can also be split 40/20/40 for increased cargo room, with storage pockets and compartments throughout the crossover augmenting capacity.

Up front, the driver and front passenger has access to the X1’s ConnectedDrive connected-vehicle system via standard 6.5-inch and optional 8.8-inch touchscreens, while the driver can know what’s going on during the journey via the HUD system.

Occupant safety is handled by BMW’s Driver Assistance Plus package, which includes: lane-departure warning; automatic high beams; front collision warning with pedestrian and city features; active cruise control; assisted parking; and rear-view camera.

Two packages will be available with the X1: The Premium Package adds an optional panoramic moonroof and full LED headlamps, while the M Sport Package — set to arrive later in 2015 — brings quicker shifting, sports seats and sport suspension to the crossover. Standard features include: front fog-lamps; alarm system; heated and electronically adjustable mirrors; headlamp rain sensor; and BMW’s Dynamic Cruise Control.

Price of admission and EPA ratings will be announced closer to launch, with its public debut set for the 2015 Frankfurt Auto Show in September.

[Photo credit: BMW]

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28 Comments on “2016 BMW X1 Hitting US Showrooms This Fall...”

  • avatar

    Whatever anyone might say about the powertrain changes, the new styling is most definitely an improvement.

    Given how hot this segment is, I wouldn’t be surprised if this outsold the rest of the X models.

    • 0 avatar

      Agreed. Somehow the proportions are better now that it’s FWD based.

    • 0 avatar
      Mike N.

      Agreed that it looks better and that it will sell well, but for me, it’s not worth buying a BMW unless it has a longitudinal mounted engine and RWD (or a RWD based AWD system). I mean, BMW charges more than its competitors in most segments and nickels and dimes you for everything, so at least give me RWD driving dynamics.

      • 0 avatar

        This is the best-looking of all of BMWs trucks / trucklets. For me, though, no stick-shift means no sale.

        • 0 avatar

          The design language and proportions definitely work better here than on the slab sided and utterly bland X5. Seems like the redesigned X3, whenever that comes out, will be the ideal marriage of design and size.

          • 0 avatar

            The X5 looks really old to me, like they’ve just applied slight changes since 02 or whenever it came out. I don’t even think that’s correct, as it switched platforms somewhere along the line.

      • 0 avatar

        Good thing they still make a lot of those. 3 coupes and 3 sedans, to be precise, which is more than ever in the past.

  • avatar

    BMW is truly a zombie apocalypse car company. It’s still around, and in greater numbers than ever, but it just isn’t the same.

  • avatar

    That looks looks like a transversely-mounted engine. Is this thing based on a Mini platform?

    • 0 avatar

      Yes. This is a sister car to the upcoming F60 MINI Countryman, both of which are based on a stretched version of the F56 MINI Cooper’s UKL PLATFORM.

  • avatar

    BMW’s profits just jumped 4%….

  • avatar

    We currently lease an X1 and this update is perfect for us in every way other than the increased ride height. We lease it for the wife who needs a badge in her line of work, we need five doors and that little bit of extra ride height. Also need a stripped own model to keep the payments low without all the frilly BS one has to pay for.

    Our complaint with the current model is that even though it’s just my mrs 90% of the time, it’s INCREDIBLY small inside and useless for even simple tasks. it cannot carry it’s own wheels and tyres for e.g and if my wife’s layer bag is in the boot, there’s no room for groceries.

    This looks much bigger inside and there’s no way she will know what FWD, RWD or AWD is.

    • 0 avatar

      This is the perfect car for my wife who DD’s 2011 X5 35d but now wants to downsize as our kids have grown up and moved out. She loved the way my daughter’s MK6 GTI drove but wants a fancier badge with the higher ride height. I though I would have to fork over big bucks for a Macan S as she really like the way the things looks(and I the way it drives) but this looks like the perfect package to keep her happy and save me a few bucks so I can add a new MX5 for a weekend car for me. I predict big sales for all the empty nester mom’s who are now tooling around in too big German SUV’s. It’s a win win so we can get more of these behemoths off the road and improve the driving experience for others in sports cars.

  • avatar
    Rod Panhard

    BMW will do well with that. Most of the buyers will not care if it’s front wheel drive or not. Now GLA buyers will have something German to cross shop.

  • avatar

    I miss the days when a new BMW model was an exciting event.

  • avatar

    The GLA is actually the first trucklet of any make that I’d consider owning.

  • avatar

    If only the i3 looked that good (and had a reasonably-sized gas tank)!

  • avatar

    So, BMW went and built a Hi Po Mazda CX-5 with more luxury touches. I honestly can’t hate it.

  • avatar

    It looks so much better. The current X1 is the most unattractive vehicle BMW sells in the US. I still hate that tacked on infotainment screen.

  • avatar
    SCE to AUX

    Probably the only BMW I’d consider, besides the i8.

  • avatar

    Gotta echo the crowd about the improved styling.

    The 2011 X1 was one of the cars on my list 3.5 years ago. I just couldn’t get over how ungainly and oddly proportioned everything was, especially the weirdness between the C and D pillars.

    This new one is a much more attractive car.

  • avatar

    Living in Germany I’ve seen the God awful 2 series van starting to clog up the roads here. The front drive BMW van! The 7 passenger version is just going on sale.

    Now I come to find that the X1 is moving to this same garbage.

    It started turning for me with the, what F10 (new 5). Really nice car but not a BMW in the way it drove.

    I know most people won’t know or care. Now BMW can say it has more room,or whatever they market. But no sublime steering. No rear drive. What’s the point? That is what set a BMW apart.

    I own a BMW. My extended family has owned 5 in the past decade and a half. But frankly, what’s the point anymore?

    They won’t care they lose 1 of me and gain 5 other customers who like the room and the steering that isn’t too heavy in the parking lot. But in 20 years I won’t be surprised if they’re struggling because people have started asking “why should I buy a BMW over anyone else”? Lot of us put up with the break my wallet costs because they drove like nothing else. Now a soft fwd cush mobile? Might as well buy a Lexus.

    So yeah, looks better. But you’ll never see me in one. Probably any BMW ever again. For what they cost they better be special, and frankly, they’re just not anymore.

  • avatar

    The Escape for rich people. Gotta love it.

  • avatar

    FWD based and no stick?

    Perfect, no need to start thinking about spending money anytime soon.

  • avatar

    Interior is certainly a big step up over the old one. And I like all the wood being used, along with the choice of brown. The texture on the leather looks a bit cheap and Cruze-like to me, but maybe that’s because it’s pleather?

    Exterior is a big improvement, I hate the current X1.

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