2016 BMW X1 Australian price revealed
BMW's second-generation X1 is set to offer more space and equipment than its predecessor – for a price.
On sale next month from $49,500 plus on-road costs, the entry point to the brand's baby SUV range is $3200 higher than its predecessor, though BMW has packed the car with standard kit to tempt buyers away from luxury rivals.
The new X1 range is fitted with a reversing camera and driving assistance suite as standard, bringing lane departure, forward collision and pedestrian warnings as well a light autonomous braking option for free.
It also has front and rear parking sensors, 18-inch alloy wheels, satellite navigation, a powered tailgate, LED headlamps and more.
Wider and taller than the previous-generation model, the new X1 should be significantly more spacious thanks to an extra 90mm of room between the front and rear axles.
That's because it shares its architecture with the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer as opposed to the 3-Series station wagon skeleton of the last model. The new layout introduces a shift to front-wheel-drive power (with all-wheel-drive reserved for high-grade models) along with a focus on interior space and presentation.
It also resulted in a new look styled by Sydney's Calvin Luk, introducing improved proportions that more closely echo the tough-looking X5 full-sized SUV.
The car is available with a choice of four engines split evenly by petrol and diesel power. Each fuel type has one front-wheel-drive and one all-wheel-drive option, and all feature an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The range starts with the diesel-powered, two-wheel-drive X1 sDrive18d, which offers 4.3L/100km fuel economy and 110kW, 330Nm outputs for $49,500. A retuned version of the same 2.0-litre diesel engine in the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive20d makes 140kW and 400Nm for $56,500 - $400 less than its predecessor.
Petrol options include the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive20i and the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive 25i that use turbocharged 2.0-litre engines to make 141kW and 170kW for $51,600 and $59,900 respectively.
The 20i costs $3300 more in its new form, while the 25i replaces the 180kW X1 xDrive28i at the top of the model's range for the same $59,900 price as its predecessor.
The new 25i is the flagship of the range, using 350Nm of torque to zip to 100km/h in a sharp 6.5 seconds.
That model also features standard extras such as 19-inch wheels, upgraded navigation, a heads-up display, leather trim and more that set it apart from the range.
All-wheel-drive models go on sale in October, followed by two-wheel-drive versions at the end of the year.
2016 BMW X1 Pricing and specifications:
X1 sDrive18d 110kW, FWD diesel $49,500 (+ $3200)
X1 xDrive20d 140kW, AWD diesel $56,500 (- $400)
X1 sDrive20i 141kW, FWD petrol $51,600 (+ $3300)
X1 xDrive25i 170kW, AWD petrol $59,900 (new model)
On sale: October (AWD models), December (FWD)
Engines: 2.0-litre turbo petrol (20i, 25i) or diesel
Power: 141kW, 170kW (20i, 25i) and 110kW, 140kW (18d, 20d)
Torque: 280Nm, 350Nm (20i, 25i) and 330Nm, 400Nm (18d, 20d)
Transmission: 8-speed auto, FWD (20i, 18d) or AWD (25i, 20d)
Fuel use: From 4.3L/100km (18d) to 6.6L/100km (25i)