Lost in the hubbub surrounding the collapse of Harald Krueger, BMW’s CEO, is the fact the Bavarian brand has its next-gen luxury compact crossover, the X1, ready for the market just as sales in the segment are taking off.
The compact crossover area is growing not only in terms of the metal moved by dealers, but also in the number of companies participating in the arena. The luxury portion of the market is growing faster than the rest so the company’s timing is perfect.
The new X1 is is taller, wider and longer than its predecessor meaning that the smallest of BMW’s crossov, er, sports-activity vehicles has more room for passengers and a better view of the road for the driver.
Not only will the driver and passengers be more comfortable in the new model, they’ll be safer with the maker’s Driver Assistance Plus package. The technological array of equipment includes Lane Departure Warning, Speed Limit Info, Automatic High Beams, as well as Frontal Collision Warning with Pedestrian Warning and City Collision Mitigation.
In addition to these functions, the package also features the Active Cruise Control system with Stop & Go function. Park Distance Control and the Rear-View Camera are part of the Driver Assistance Package that transfers images onto the Control Display, making precise and comfortable parking maneuvers that much easier.
These safety functions are supplemented with practical and entertainment technologies routed through an optional high-resolution 8.8-inch Control Display with touchpad controller. It plays host to BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services and provide Advanced Real-Time Traffic Information.
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As an option, a high-resolution 6.5-inch screen navigation with BMW Online, BMW Apps, Remote Services, Advanced Real Time Traffic Information is also available.
By adding to the functionality of the infotainment system the new BMW X1 allows for increased safety by simultaneously providing greater comfort, all based on user selection.
While there are plenty of options when it comes to the electronics and safety, in the U.S. there will be only one choice when it comes the engine powering the X1: a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, inline-four-cylinder putting out 228 horsepower and 258 pound-feet of torque. All-wheel drive is standard, as is an eight-speed automatic transmission.
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The Germans make sure that the X1 handles well, equipping it with Servotronic speed-sensitive steering assistance as standard equipment. In addition to the steering, drivers enjoy a variety of handling setting with the Driving Dynamic Control switch on the center console.
The driver can set-up for a sportier, more comfort-oriented or efficiency-optimized character. Calling up Comfort, Sport or Eco Pro mode at the touch of a button adapts the responses of the accelerator pedal and steering as well as shift characteristics of the automatic transmission are also adjusted if the relevant equipment has been specified.
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The ride control system gets help from BMW’s Dynamic Stability Control stability system to improve the X1’s overall performance. The system includes Anti-lock Braking System, Dynamic Traction Control, Cornering Brake Control, Dynamic Brake Control, Brake Assist system, Brake Fade Compensation, Brake Drying Braking and Start-Off Assistant and Performance Control. The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i will arrive in US showrooms in Fall 2015.