2016 BMW X1: This Is It

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It’s okay if you couldn’t tell at first whether this was an all-new BMW X1 or just a refresh. I couldn’t either. But it is indeed all-new, and it dumps the old X1’s rear-drive platform for fresh new Mini-based underpinnings. What do you think?

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I certainly can’t blame BMW for going with the Mini’s UKL platform for this car, making it the first U.S. BMW to do so. It’s more economical, and most of the people who buy the X1 don’t care which set of wheels the power goes to anyway. It’s not like they turned the M3 into a hot hatch. (Yet.)

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And at any rate, when this new X1 launches in America this fall, it will be exclusively in xDrive28i form, meaning all-wheel drive. A front-wheel drive sDrive version is reportedly coming later.

Power comes from a 2.0-liter turbo four that puts out 228 horsepower, mated to an 8-speed automatic gearbox. No more inline six for the X1, though. That’s a bummer. In Europe and other markets, lots more engines will be available. Diesels and such. You know you they roll.

It’s not a bad-looking car — it could have been a 3-Series or 5-Series GT — and seems poised to do battle with the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Lexus NX. No word on pricing yet, but we expect it to start in the low $30,000 range like the last one.

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Should make a lot of luxury wagon/crossover/wagonover buyers real happy.

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DISCUSSION

tulsamtnbiker
TulsaMtnBiker (OkieRising)

People are gonna hate regardless. No matter what BMW produces, so many of the commenters can’t say anything positive. Yes they have done some silly naming schemes, but overall their product selection is strong. Options, and a lot of them. Want a silly overpowered trackable SUV? X5M Check. A nice, reasonable, and fun to drive all weather sedan? 320 xdrive Check. Small RWD fun car? 228, M235 check. Great all-around performance option? M3 twins, check. And so on so forth.

“Oh but they’ve lost their soul,” you have to understand that large car manufacturers are there first and foremost to benefit their shareholders and make money. Manufacturers that don’t (ex: Koenigsegg) develop only mind-blowing cars but at a price unattainable by the masses. BMW responds to the market. They have to sell cars that enthusiasts claim as heresy in order to develop the ones enthusiasts lust for. M car development is subsidized by every non-ethusiast model they make. So bite your lip before spewing hate speech. Sure it’s not a Miata, but hell, the new Miata costs nearly as much as the 228i now.

Just look at the how many models they offer with THREE pedals. Can’t find it on the lot? Have patience? No problem, order the exact car in the exact spec out you want and get it in two to three months. Want to buy a 228i and drive it in Germany? No problem! They’ll even give you a 7% discount. Want free track instruction and hotel stay with your new car after germany? Ask for the FREE M Performance center delivery.

Options my fellow Jalopniks. Option.

/rant