Why The All-New BMW X1 Is Something You're Going To Want

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Really, it looks pretty damn good.

BMW calls them Sports Activity Vehicles, as opposed to SUVs or crossovers. And that’s just fine because they sell an awful lot of them. Presenting the all-new, second generation X1. Unlike the first generation, the 2016 X1 doesn’t look quite as much like a tall wagon. It’s now sleeker and more closely resembles the rest of the BMW SAV lineup. Perhaps one of the most noticeable and best design changes is the front end, which has a more prominent look than before. The grille is bolder and the LED headlights are a welcome touch.

The body overall has a "beefier" look thanks to additional plastic cladding and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. Opt for the top-end M Sport styling package and you’ll also get an aerodynamic body kit and 18-inch lightweight alloy wheels along with Alcantara-trimmed sport seats inside. The interior itself is also a solid improvement. With a 6.5-inch display, occupants will enjoy optional bits such as Dakota leather seats and Fineline Stream or Oak grain wood trim. Other new interior features include a new heads-up display and Driving Assistant Plus package with Active Cruise Control, Lane Departure Warning, and several other electronic safety equipment.

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Five different powertrains will be available at launch: a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel ranging from 148 hp and 243 lb-ft of torque to 228 hp and 331 lb-ft will be available to European buyers. US buyers will for sure be offered a 2.0-liter four-cylinder gas engine with either 190 hp or 207 lb-ft, or 228 hp and 258 lb-ft. Depending on the engine, either a six-speed manual or new eight-speed auto is on offer. Front-wheel drive is standard while all-wheel drive remains optional. Official pricing hasn’t been released, but sales are expected to begin this fall in the US.

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