The new BMW X1 has been unveiled; it will be offered in both front and four-wheel drive forms with as much as 300bhp available.
The longitudinal engine layout of the first-generation X1 is replaced by a space-saving transverse layout, which helps to provide more interior space and improved safety credentials. Lower-end models also have front-wheel drive instead of the rear-wheel drive of the outgoing X1.
The new X1 takes on a more rugged appearance than that of the model it replaces. It has a bolder front end, angular headlights with LED daytime running lights, round foglights, a contoured bonnet, prominent front wheel arches, extra cladding on its sills and increased ground clearance.
In a first for the X1, the new model comes with adjustable dampers in combination with an optional Driver Experience Control function that enables the driver to choose between Sport and Comfort suspension settings, along with Sport, Comfort and Eco Pro driving modes
The front-drive layout enables significantly more room inside for both passengers and cargo, aided in part by the transverse engine configuration. Addressing a sore point with the current X1, rear leg room increases between 1.5 and 2.5 inches. BMW claims cargo space is up 15 percent, and a bin in front of the shifter finally gives drivers a place to put their cell phones. The 40/20/40-split rear seat can slide fore and aft, and can be folded at the touch of a button.