The front-wheel drive UKL platform will also be used to build the next-generation BMW X1. The news was revealed by Autocar, outlining how BMW has chosen to give up a bit of exclusivity in order to reduce costs and increase the “critical mass” of its components. The UKL (German for “Unter Klasse” or “entry-level”) platform will be used by the third-generation of Mini models and the 1-Series Gran Turismo, a small/medium car segment that BMW’s engineers have considered suitable to be offered with 4-cylinder engines only: the German brand will not develop six-cylinder transverse mounting engines anymore.
The new generation of X1 will be on the market in 2015 and will retain its soft-roader appearance, more similar to an estate than a SUV. The transverse mounting engine will also increase the space of the passenger compartment. The all-wheel drive system will share the same Haldex style multi-plate clutch and few mechanical components with the current Countryman.
At the New York International Auto Show (6th-15th April) BMW will be displaying the new stylistically updated X1, boasting a brand new engine, the 2.0 petrol with output of 245 hp. The news has been revealed by BMW Blog, which also writes the Bavarian crossover will be available for the first time in North America. The X1 facelift will be equipped with new bumpers and fascias, redesigned headlights, refined interior materials and, as said before, a 2.0-litre engine with 245 hp, in addition to the six-cylinder 3.0-litre version with 320-hp exclusive to the M Performance version.
The BMW X1 is about to receive a mid-life facelift, as this new bunch of spy shots demonstrate. It is not going to be particularly significant though as it will only affect the design of both bumpers and new headlights. The sheet metal structure is not going to be modified, implying that the headlights will maintain the same shape, therefore they will just receive a new layout. We would expect to see some mild upgrade in the cabin too, with the possible inclusion of new fabrics and materials, while some changes in its engine line-up might also be in the cards.
Bmw X2, the anticipated sporty 3-door variation of Bmw X1, will not become available until 2016. The current version of the X1 will be restyled in 2013 and will be replaced by an altogether new version in 2015. Then, a year later, its “coupe” version X2 will join in. It is the same strategy adopted by BMW for the X6 and that will be used again for the X3-derived X4.
This proliferation of sporty crossover and SUV models (or ‘SAV’ models, as BMW describes them) will also lead to a sort of little revolution as the new X1 and X2 will be developed on Mini’s platform, with rear or four wheel drive according to the version. The X2 will be available with the 3 door configuration only, just like Range Rover Evoque, and will feature 4 single seats in order to facilitate loading of bulky objects or sport gear. According to AutoBild, the future X1 is currently known as F48 while the X2 - which still needs the definitive go-ahead from BMW’s big bosses -is labeled F47. Engine range will feature the most recent turbocharged 4 cylinder diesel and petrol engines, but the arrival of future hybrid versions mounting a 3 cylinder engine has not been ruled out.
Apparently European sales of the BMW X1 are going so well that nobody stateside is going to be seeing the model - until the X1 gets a 2013 restyling at least. The BWM X1 is on indefinite hold for the US car market due also to a weak euro-US dollar exchange rate. We’re not responsible for BMW business plans so perhaps it’s not our business anyway, but when you read stuff like this:
BMW isn’t worried about having American car shoppers waiting for their X1 since the automaker believes the X3 will remain its top-selling crossover.
you wonder why they’d bother at all. When the X3 is such a strong seller in general, the smaller X1 might not be missed at all. Which begs the question as to why this sudden explosion in small crossovers from the German manufacturers when the market may not be interested in absorbing them all anyway.
The BMW Vision ConnectedDrive concept has been revealed at the 2011 Geneva Motor Show, appearing alongside the new BMW X1 xDrive28i. These live pics from Geneva show the Vision ConnectedDrive concept in all its glory, although it’s hard to know what to think about it. The Vision ConnectedDrive is a hot looking model, with plenty roadster fastness about it, but that’s not what it’s been intended for and the rest of its manifesto leaves us just slightly underwhelmed.
While the Vision ConnectedDrive concept is a precursor to the future BMW Z2 we’ll see, it has been put together to show off some technicolour bells and whistles from BMW. The interior has an HUD 3D display and various mood lighting which reflects the drive modes selected at any one time. Other than that, BMW didn’t really have too much to say, having already released the details of this model. What we can happily say is that the new design direction taking place with Adrian von Hooydonk at the helm is the striking style that BMW needed to emerge from the controversy of the Chris Bangle era.
The BMW X1 xDrive28i is equipped with BMW’s new four-cylinder engine. It’s a 2.0-litre turbo unit with 245 hp and 350 Nm of torque. This particular powertrain replaces the previous six-cylinder, three-litre unit and represents the new mid-range option. It also contributes to keeping emissions and fuel consumption down. This particular SUV is estimated as running at between 9.9 and 6.7 l/100 km. The TwinPower Turbo engine has a turbocompressor with technology such as twin-scroll and Valvetronic variable valve system. It will soon equip other models, including the BMW Z4.
This BMW X3 commercial for the new generation is unashamedly lifestyle-oriented - get the car, get the life that goes with it. It’s a fun ad with lots happening and we like the take on the moon, too but overall it’s a bit overwhelming. BMW is using a new ‘Joy’ slogan, as seen in the BMW X1 commercial which you can view after the jump. It comes across as slightly more sophisticated and has a clear demographic of beautiful, young people to appeal to.
A series of videos of the BMW X1 shows its production line, including pressing, welding, painting and final assembly at the Leipzig facilities. The new X1 was presented at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show and will soon reach its target of manufacturing 300 vehicles a day. The SUV will be available from October in 12 versions, with various kits including Base, Eletta, Attiva and Futura, with prices commencing from 33,600 euros.
Among the engines available are a petrol unit and two diesels: the 2.0D at 177 hp and 350 Nm, the 2.0D Twin Turbo with 204 hp and 400 Nm, and the 3.0i with 258 hp and 310 Nm. The smaller diesel engine is available both with rear wheel and all wheel xDrive, with six-speed transmission. In the future 18i and 18d versions will emerge at a lower price of about 29,500 euros.
After seeing the first shots of the BMW X1 leaked to the web, here is the full official gallery and some details on the new SUV, including its German pricing. Starting with the dimensions, the X1 is 4.45 metres long, 1.54 metres high and 1.8 metres wide with a wheel base of about 2.76 metres. With some updated aerodynamics and new rear look, the boot can measure from 420 litres to a whopping 1350 litres on moving the rear seats.
Four engines will be available from launch date, all of which comply with Euro 5 norms, and six variants will appear. At the top of the range is the xDrive28i with in line six cylinder petrol engine at 250 hp and 310 Nm. It covers 100 km/hr in 6.8 seconds and has a top speed of 230 km/hr. Among the turbo diesels at the top is the xDrive23d with the impressive 2.0 litre twin turbo diesel capable of 204 hp and 400 Nm.
The xDrive20d is equipped with the 2.0 litre turbo diesel engine at 177 hp and 350 Nm. It has impressive efficiency figures, using an average of 5.8 litres of fuel per 100 km and 153 g/km of CO2 emissions. The entry level version is the xDrive18d with a 2.0 litre turbodiesel at 143 hp and 320 Nm with fuel efficiency of 5.7 litres per 100 km and CO2 emissions of 139 g/km.
Here are the first official shots of the BMW X1 which were leaked on the internet a few days ago. Coming up we will have the full details, technical specs and more galleries from BMW. On the whole it’s a well designed car, in proportion and a mix of both elegance and sports style. BMW has an ambitious sales target for the SUV, seeking to sell about 100,000 units a year. Whether they hit this target or not will largely depend on the success of the overall style of X1.
The X1 has been built on the base of the new generation of 1-Series and 3-Series, and five versions are planned for the market launch. These include the entry level xDrive18d and xDrive18i, equipped with four cylinder turbo diesel and petrol engines. The next step up involves the xDrive20d with the 2.0-litre turbo diesel at 177hp. The top-of-the-range offering includes the xDrive23d and xDrive28i with a four cylinder, 2.0-litre twin turbo diesel engine with 204 hp and 400 Nm for the former, and the six cylinder 3.0-litre petrol engine at 258 hp.