OpenRoad Driver Volume 13 Issue 1 - Page 63

Volume 13 Issue 1 » 63 2016 BMW X1 » Six years after the launch of the original BMW X1, the Bavarian company has launched a redesign to keep up with the mushrooming crossover market, and this latest X1 has received a lot of deserved attention. original car, the latest version looks much more like a conventional crossover. As with all BMWs, the X1’s new platform is not only significantly stiffer, but also has a near-perfect 50/50 front/rear weight distribution. There is a new lighter-weight platform, a new engine, the latest safety features, and all sorts of new on-board technology at play here. All X1 xDrive28i models are f itted with the new much-more efficient 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine producing 228 hp fitted to an eight-speed automatic gearbox. The X1’s interior is beautifully finished with French-stitched leather, a mix of satin metal surfaces, piano-black accents, and optional wood trim. The new more compact powertrain layout yields up to 2.6 inches more rear legroom, and 27 cu.ft. of cargo hold space. Photo by BMW Canada The 2016 X1’s most apparent change has to be with its new proportions. Rather than the lifted station wagon look of the