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Driving Pleasure at Your Fingertips.
The BMW X1.
Introducing the BMW X1, Germany's leading manufacturer of premium cars is setting a new benchmark in the compact segment, with a BMW X model for the first time entering the premium class of the largest market segment in terms of sales.
The BMW X1 comes with all the features so typical of a BMW X model and at the same time offers a new interpretation of BMW Sheer Driving Pleasure. The youngest member in the wide range of BMW X models stands for versatile sportiness and supreme agility, with looks characterised by selfconfident elegance and modern style. Young and sporting in design, the interior combines superior variability with equally superior flexibility. In a nutshell, therefore, the BMW X1 brings together the features typical of a Sports Activity with the driving characteristics, dynamic performance and outstanding fuel economy and emission management of the BMW 1 Series.
With its superior drivetrain technology comprising the intelligent BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system, the BMW X1 offers ideal qualities for versatile mobility as a genuine driving experience. The higher seating position and driveroriented design of the cockpit enhance the emotional driving experience to an even higher standard. Top-quality materials, striking surfaces and the iDrive control system fitted in conjunction with the optional navigation unit emphasise the premium character of the car.
The spacious rear compartment offers three full-sized seats, the threepiece rear-seat backrest also adjustable for angle folding down completely to increase luggage capacity from 420 to 1,350 litres (14.7 - 47.3 cu ft). Numerous storage boxes and compartments add further practical benefits while the optionally available panorama glass roof ensures an even more generous feeling of space.
The BMW X1 sets new standards for driving pleasure in the premium compact segment. Thanks to BMW EfficientDynamics it offers the currently best balance of performance and fuel economy throughout its entire segment. The range of power units comprises one six-cylinder gasoline engine and three four-cylinder diesels. The straight-six in the BMW X1 xDrive28i features a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase,VALVETRONIC and double-VANOS, with maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp. The BMW X1 xDrive23d is powered by a 150 kW/204 hp diesel featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and common-rail fuel injection. Both models come as standard with six-speed automatic transmission. The diesel engines in the BMW X1 xDrive20d delivering 130 kW/177 hp and the BMW X1 xDrive18d with maximum output of 105 kW/143 hp likewise boast common-rail fuel injection and a turbocharger with variable intake geometry.
These engines are also featured in the BMW X1 sDrive20d and, respectively, the BMW X1 sDrive18d, interacting in standard trim with a six-speed manual gearbox. With its average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 136 grams per kilometre, the BMW X1 sDrive18d is the most efficient model in its segment.
It almost goes without saying that all engine variants fulfil the EU5 emission standard.
Design: versatile sportiness, self-confident elegance.
The driving characteristics of the BMW X1 are a perfect combination of supreme agility and versatile sportiness - features already borne out clearly in the design of the car's body. The most important characteristics are the strongly contoured and sleek engine compartment lid, the striking, upright BMW kidney grille, wheel arches flared far to the outside, short overhangs, the long wheelbase, the elaborately chiselled rear end and the low rake of the rear window.
The front, sides and rear end merge smoothly into one another, strong lines creating a sleek flow of surfaces from one body element to the next. The stretched proportions of the car highlight both the sporting elegance of the BMW X1 and the modern, functional qualities of all models. Measuring 4.45 metres or 175.2" in length, this five-door stands out clearly from every angle as a BMW X model. The wheel arches almost square in their contours, greater ground clearance and the silver-coloured underfloor all emphasise the robust qualities of the car. At the same time the BMW X1 comes with outstanding aerodynamics giving the BMW X1 sDrive20d, the BMW X1 xDrive18d, and the BMW X1 sDrive18d, to mention just these examples, a drag coefficient Cd of 0.32.
The bumper with its powerful design and the directly integrated BMW kidney grille give the entire front end of the car powerful presence full of class and style. Widely flared wheel arches and the strongly contoured engine compartment lid with its contour lines merging into the kidney grille add a particular touch of power and muscle to the BMW X1.
Through their special look cut off at the top and with the row of lights emphasising the width of the car, the dual round headlights so typical of BMW exude a particular touch of style and class. Three-dimensional surrounds, in turn, likewise serve to emphasise the look of the front end.
And beneath the large air intake, finally, silver-coloured underfloor protection clearly symbolises that the BMW X1 belongs to the family of BMW X models. The side view of the BMW X1 is characterised by three striking lines, the waistline on the level of the door openers rising up sharply towards the rear and therefore, together with the sill-line remaining almost horizontal, creating a dynamic wedge look. The character line in between adds a further highlight through its smooth flow initially dropping down in the front door area, then moving up slightly and finally pointing up in a dynamic surge just upfront of the rear wheel arch.
The character line continues into the graphic surround encompassing the "Hofmeister kick" so typical of BMW, the character line and window graphics thus forming one optical unit to give the BMW X1 a particularly agile and compact look.
The width of the carefully chiselled rear end is further accentuated by the car's muscular wheel arches and horizontal lines, the surfaces themselves being characterised by their smooth and almost gentle transition. The rear light clusters in L-shape design so typical of the brand, in turn, stand out particularly through their sharp lines re-interpreted on the new BMW X1.
And at the rear, finally, the silver-coloured underfloor protection emphasises the robust character so typical of a BMW X model. The BMW X1 takes on an even more expressive look with the optional X Line. This special design set comprises silver-painted inserts on the front and rear bumpers finished in body colour as well as on the side-sills and a painted crossbar subdividing the lower air intake on a horizontal line. Available as an option, finally, the roof railing is finished either in black matt or eloxy silver in combination with X Line.
Generous trim surfaces and dynamic lines give the interior of the BMW X1 a truly sporting and youthful appearance. The instrument panel is subdivided by horizontal lines creating a special structure continuing into the door panels which, by accentuating the sheer width of the vehicle, heightens the generous feeling of space. The Control Display on the optional iDrive control system is also finished in innovative style, blending smoothly and harmoniously into the dashboard.
The elevated seating position so typical of the BMW X models ensures comfortable and convenient access at all times as well as optimised all-round visibility of traffic conditions around the car.
The special design of the centre console and the dashboard area around the cockpit offers an appropriate reinterpretation of the driver orientation so typical of a BMW. The first point is that through its special look and configuration, the centre console separates the driver's and front passenger's areas in visual terms. The controls for air conditioning and the audio system are inclined slightly towards the driver.
The BMW X1 comes initially with a choice of seven body colours. The interior, in turn, is finished in both powerful and natural colours, the wide range of colours available giving the customer free rein in customising the car to his own individual style.
As an alternative to the seat upholstery finished as standard in Elektra cloth, there is also Median cloth in sporting striped design as well as Nevada leather. Then the customer also has the choice of no less than seven trim colours and five variants of trim bars giving the car either a very individual touch. Yet a further special feature is the Cool Elegance Design Package available on the BMW X1, incorporating highlights such as sports seats in Oyster-coloured leather upholstery and black/yellow piping on the backrest as well as trim bars in Bright Wave wood. In this case the lower section of the instrument panel and the centre console likewise come in Oyster, as do the footmats finished in the same colour.
A wide range of open storage boxes, trays and cupholders on the centre console as well as large open door compartments with integrated holders for bottles underline the functional character of the BMW X1. Through its generous dimensions, the rear-seat bench offers comfortable space for up to three passengers.
As a further advantage the interior of the BMW X1 may be re-configured easily and quickly whenever required to meet all kinds of transport requirements. Loading is easy and convenient through the large tailgate, the wide opening for the luggage compartment and the low loading sill, even when taking along bulky objects. The backrest angle at the rear may be adjusted in numerous stages by up to 31o - and when the backrests are set to a vertical angle (Cargo Position), luggage compartment capacity increases from 420 to 490 litres (14.7 to 17.2 cu ft).
Split at a ratio of 40/20/40, the rear backrest also offers many other options and variable loading configurations: Folding down only the centre section, for example, the driver and his passengers enjoy the benefits of a large through-loading able to accommodate two 46-inch golf bags, four pairs of skis or two snowboards. Folding down the rear-seat backrest completely, on the other hand, luggage capacity increases to an enormous 1,350 litres or 47.3 cubic feet.
A further amenity is the separate storage compartment beneath the floor of the luggage compartment as such. Folding down the centre rear-seat backrest alone provides a generous through-loading facility interacting perfectly with the transport bag available as an option. And last but certainly not least, a rear luggage rack preparation kit is also available in addition to the roof railing.
The engines: unparalleled efficiency and dynamics in their segment.
BMW X models offer a particular highlight in the Sheer Driving Pleasure so typical of the brand. The BMW X1, in turn, combines this experience with a level of efficiency quite unparalleled in its segment. The BMW X1 sDrive20d and the BMW sDrive18d, for example, are the first vehicles of their kind to emit less than 140 grams of CO2 per kilometre in the EU test cycle, and the other model variants also stand out through an unusually good balance of driving pleasure and fuel economy ensured by engines featuring the most efficient technology and, of course, by the wide range of BMW EfficientDynamics using breakthroughs in technology combined appropriately with one another on each model. Examples in this context are Brake Energy Regeneration, optimised aerodynamics, intelligent lightweight technology, tyres with low roll resistance, intelligent lightweight engineering, the final drive with optimised warm-up behaviour as well as ancillary units operating and controlled on demand such as the electrical fuel pump and the detachable a/c compressor.
The manual models come with Auto Start Stop and a gearshift point indicator. The BMW xDrive all-wheel-drive system features a new power divider with optimised efficiency, and the engine of the BMW X1 xDrive28i also boasts a map-controlled oil pump.
The top performer in its segment is of course the BMW X1 xDrive28i with its straight-six gasoline engine delivering maximum output of 190 kW/258 hp at 6,600 rpm. Peak torque from this 3.0-litre, in turn, is 310 Newton-metres or 228 lb-ft maintained consistently between 2,600 and 3,000 rpm. Featuring a composite magnesium/aluminium crankcase, fully variable VALVETRONIC valve control and infinite dual-VANOS camshaft adjustment, this power unit stands out through its low weight, the running smoothness and fast-revving performance characteristic of a BMW six-cylinder, as well as optimised performance at low engine speeds.
The BMW X1 xDrive28i accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 205 km/h or 127 mph (230 km/h or 143 mph with optional high-speed set-up). The efficiency of the six-cylinder, together with a wide range of technologies reducing both fuel consumption and emissions, provides average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of just 9.4 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 30.0 mpg imp) and a CO2 rating of 219 grams per kilometre.
The four-cylinder diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo and fourth-generation common-rail direct fuel injection in the BMW X1 xDrive23d combines truly impressive torque and pulling force with superior efficiency. Displacing 2.0 litres, this all-aluminium power unit develops maximum output of 150 kW/204 hp at an engine speed of 4,400 rpm and offers maximum torque of 400 Newton-metres/295 lb-ft between 2,000 and 2,250 rpm. Variable Twin Turbo technology activating a small turbocharger right from the start when just slightly "stroking" the gas pedal and a second, larger turbocharger cutting in under higher load, ensures truly fascinating response and a smooth surge of power whenever required. Piezo-injectors operating at a pressure of up to 2,000 bar make the injection of fuel particularly precise.
The BMW X1 xDrive23d accelerates to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds and reaches a top speed of 205 km/h or 127 mph (223 km/h or 138 mph with its optional high-speed set-up). This sporting performance comes together perfectly with average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of only 6.3 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 44.8 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of 167 grams per kilometre.
A turbocharger with variable intake geometry and common-rail fuel injection with piezo-injectors generating maximum pressure of 1,800 bar give the second four-cylinder diesel engine featured in the BMW X1 maximum output of 130 kW/177 hp at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm and peak torque of 350 Newton-metres/258 lb-ft maintained consistently between 1,750 and 3,000 rpm. Likewise displacing 2.0 litres, the all-aluminium diesel engine in the BMW X1 xDrive20d ensures acceleration to 100 km/h in 8.4 seconds, with the BMW X1 sDrive20d reaching the same mark in an even faster 8.1 seconds. Top speed in each case is 205 km/h or 127 mph. On models featuring the optional high-speed set-up, top speed increases to 213 km/h or 132 mph on the BMW X1 xDrive20d and, respectively, 218 km/h or 135 mph on the BMW X1 sDrive20d.
Fuel economy and emission management are truly outstanding on both models: Average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle is 5.8 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 51.4 mpg imp) with the BMW X1 xDrive20d and an even more remarkable 5.3 litres/100 km (53.3 mpg imp) on the BMW X1 sDrive20d. The corresponding CO2 ratings are 153 and, respectively, 139 grams per kilometre.
The 105 kW/143 hp version of the four-cylinder diesel in the BMW X1 xDrive18d and the BMW X1 sDrive18d offers an even more economical entry into the fascinating world of the BMW X models. Again, this power unit also comes with common-rail direct fuel injection and a turbocharger with variable intake geometry delivering peak torque of 320 Newton-metres or 236 lb-ft all the way from 1,750 to 2,500 rpm and reaching its maximum output at an engine speed of 4,000 rpm. The BMW X1 xDrive18d accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in 10.1 seconds, the BMW X1 sDrive18d completes the same exercise in 9.6 seconds. Top speed, in turn, is 195 and, respectively, 200 km/h (121 and, respectively, 124 mph). The BMW X1 xDrive18d averages fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 5.7 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 49.6 mpg imp) and has a CO2 emission rating of 150 grams per kilometre. The BMW X1 sDrive18d, finally, marks the record in terms of emission management, with average fuel consumption of 5.2 litres/100 kilometres (equal to 54.3 mpg imp) and a CO2 emission rating of just 136 grams per kilometre.
Both the BMW X1 xDrive28i and the BMW X1 xDrive23d come as standard with six-speed automatic transmission. This automatic power transmission also available as an option on the BMW X1 xDrive20d instead of the six-speed manual gearbox featured as standard not only promotes driving comfort, but also enhances the agile driving behaviour of the most compact X model. The sporting characteristics of the transmission are attributable in particular to the direct connection with the engine closing the clutch immediately after setting off. The transmission therefore follows even the slightest movement of the gas pedal, with short reaction and gearshift times. Shifting back more than one gear, in turn, does not take any longer than a direct gearshift to the next gear, thanks to the transmission directly moving into the right gear path. And last but certainly not least, the Steptronic function of the automatic transmission enables the driver to shift gears manually whenever he wishes.
BMW xDrive: intelligent all-wheel drive for the first time in thevcompact segment.
Offering variable distribution of drive power between the front and rear wheels, BMW xDrive permanent all-wheel drive improves both the car's agility and superior traction on rough surfaces. Thanks to the supreme qualities of this system, BMW is indeed the world's most successful manufacturer of allwheel-drive vehicles in the premium segment. And now this intelligent allwheel drive is available for the first time in a compact vehicle. Working through a power divider with an electronically controlled multipleplate clutch, xDrive distributes drive forces appropriately and in exactly the right dose to the axle offering the best wheel grip on the road below. All-wheel drive is naturally connected to DSC Dynamic Stability Control and the engine management also on the BMW X1, with sensors on the wheels immediately detecting even the slightest tendency to spin. Within fractions of a second, therefore, the system is able to vary the ratio of power distribution even before a wheel starts to spin, thus effectively countering even the slightest tendency to over- or understeer in good time. In bends more drive power is fed to the rear axle in order to make the vehicle even more agile and again to avoid understeeer. Then, when leaving the bend, BMW xDrive immediately returns to the standard setting of 40:60 frontto-rear power distribution in the interest of optimum torque and drive power.
Even under the most demanding conditions, the distribution of drive power through xDrive always ensures optimum driving stability. Only when the appropriate change in drive force distribution is no longer sufficient will DSC Dynamic Stability Control cut in to re-gain driving stability by intervening on the individual wheel brakes and reducing engine power appropriately.
DSC Dynamic Stability Control in the BMW X1 comprises not only the ABS anti-lock brake function, Dynamic Brake Control and CBC Cornering Brake Control, but also DTC Dynamic Traction Control. This latter function raises the stability control thresholds to a higher level, making it easier for the driver to set off on snow and sand with the wheels allowed to spin slightly. On the BMW X1 xDrive28i DSC comes additionally with Dry Braking in the wet, Fading Compensation and a Start-Off Assistant.
Available as an option in conjunction with the sports set-up likewise coming as an optional extra, Performance Control on the all-wheel-drive versions of the BMW X1 allows even more precise dosage of the brakes and maintains a superior balance of torque through the networked xDrive control electronics, effectively countering even the slightest tendency to understeer right from the start on slippery surfaces and in particularly dynamic bends, and ensuring an even higher standard of agility.
As soon as the front wheels start to "push" out of a bend excessively, the inner rear wheel is slowed down as required by the networked xDrive and DSC control electronics, any loss of drive power suffered in the process being set off by an increase in the flow of power going to the wheels.
Supreme agility and all-round safety ensured by modern suspension technology and the strong body structure.
Characterised by superior agility, precision and supremacy, the driving behaviour and performance of the BMW X1 results directly from its high standard of suspension technology as well as the particularly strong and stable body structure. At the front the all-wheel-drive models come with a double-joint spring-strut thrust bar axle, the BMW X1 sDrive20d and the BMW X1 sDrive18d featuring an aluminium double-joint tiebar axle. In conjunction with the five-arm rear axle incorporating separated double wishbones featured on all models, this ensures an optimum balance of sporting performance and driving comfort at all times.
The hydraulic rack-and-pinion steering comes complete with ultra-precise power assistance. Speed-related Servotronic available as an option on all the all-wheel-drive models, in turn, allows an even higher standard of smooth and effortless handling.
The extra-powerful brakes on the BMW X1 ensure outstanding brake power and stopping forces under all conditions. Depending on the engine, the disc brakes on all four wheels come in various dimensions and, in accordance with the individual models, in swing calliper or frame calliper configuration at the front.
All versions of the BMW X1 come as standard on 17-inch wheels in either steel or aluminium. Another standard feature is the Tyre Defect Indicator, while runflat tyres enabling the driver to continue to the nearest workshop even after a complete loss of pressure come as an option.
The extremely stiff and torsionally rigid bodyshell of the BMW X1 is based on BMW's intelligent lightweight technology using, together with other materials, high-strength and ultra-high-strength steel wherever appropriate. Both the choice of materials and the arrangement and geometry of the various support bars, load-bearing elements and reinforcements serve from the start to ensure maximum safety in a collision together with minimum weight and the highest possible standard of agility on the road. Forces acting on the bodyshell in the event of an accident are diverted through the engine supports and the suspension along several load paths in order to avoid extreme loads acting on individual structural elements and a possible impairment of the stable passenger cell.
Within the BMW X1 not only frontal and side airbags, but also curtain head airbags at the side offer superior safety on both the front and rear seats. At the same time the BMW X1 comes with three-point inertia-reel seat belts all round, featuring belt force limiters and belt latch tensioners at the front. ISOFIX child seat fastenings on the rear seats come as standard. All restraint systems are masterminded by a central electronic safety unit.
Daytime driving lights featured as standard, bi-xenon headlights coming as an option.
Featured as standard on the BMW X1, the dual round headlights also come with a daytime lights function. Bi-xenon headlights including positioning and daytime driving lights featuring the corona rings so typical of BMW are available as an option combined with LED light conductors on the rear lights providing a particularly powerful impression of the L-design rear light clusters.
Apart from a High-Beam Assistant and a rain sensor, the BMW X1 is also available as an option with Adaptive Headlights illuminating the road ahead in the appropriate angle, following the steering and the position of the front wheels. Adaptive Brake Lights, in turn, give motorists following from behind a particularly clear warning when applying the brakes in an emergency.
Optional extras: functional, innovative, sophisticated.
The everyday driving qualities, driving pleasure and travel comfort offered by the BMW X1 may be further enhanced by sophisticated optional extras of the highest standard. The roof railing, a special storage package and a towing unit with a removable ball head offer additional transport capacities. Maximum trailer load of the BMW X1 is 2,000 kg or 4,410 lb (BMW X1 sDrive20d, BMW xDrive 18d, and BMW sDrive18d: 1,800 kg/3,969 lb).
Features such as sports seats, seat heating, automatic air conditioning, a lights package and the large Panorama glass roof offer optimum qualities for customising the interior and creating a unique, highly individual ambience. The audio system featured as standard, in turn, comes not only with six loudspeakers and a CD player, but also with an AUX-In port for connecting external sources of music, with the option to integrate an MP3 player and other data media through a USB interface into the car's entertainment system. Supreme sound quality, finally, is provided by the harman/kardon Surround Sound System.
In conjunction with the Business and, respectively, Professional navigation system, the BMW X1 comes with the latest generation of BMW iDrive including a Controller and direct selection buttons on the centre console, favourite buttons, and a Control Display measuring either 6.5 or 8.8 inches. Yet another option is to use the wide range of BMW ConnectedDrive services comprising features such as BMW Assist, BMW Online, and unrestricted use of the internet in the car.
The BMW X1 is built at BMW Plant Leipzig, where the new BMW X model is produced alongside the three-door version, the Coupe and the Convertible versions of the BMW 1 Series as well as the BMW 3 Series Saloon. BMW Plant Leipzig is one of the most modern car production plants in the world with innovative production processes for a high standard of flexibility.