BMW has detailed pricing and specifications for its all-new X1 SUV ahead of its arrival in Australia next month.
Revealed in June, the 2016 X1 marks the first SUV model for the German carmaker to be perched upon a front-wheel-drive platform, and the first BMW SUV to be powered by three-cylinder engines.
Those engines won’t be making their way to Australia - at least not in the short term - as local buyers will instead be offered a choice of four-cylinder engines in both petrol and diesel.
A pair of ‘xDrive’ all-wheel-drive models will be available to local customers from launch, while a further two models in front-wheel-drive are scheduled to arrive from December.
First cab off the rank is the xDrive20d, with prices starting at $56,500 plus on-road costs.
Power comes from a 2.0 litre four-cylinder diesel engine producing 140kW and 400Nm, with fuel consumption rated at 4.9 l/100km. The xDrive20d can hit 100km/h from rest in 7.6 seconds.
The other AWD X1 variant for Australia is the xDrive25i flagship, which gets a 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engine making 170kW and 350Nm.
The 25i knocks 1.1 seconds off the 20d’s 0-100km/h time at 6.5 seconds, but fuel consumption rises to 6.6 l/100km.
For two-wheel-drive buyers, both the sDrive18d and the sDrive20i are scheduled to arrive before the end of the year.
The 18d is powered by a 110kW/330Nm diesel engine, while the 20i gets a 141kW/280Nm petrol unit.
All 2016 BMW X1s in Australia will be matched with an eight-speed automatic transmission, and all except the entry-level sDrive18d will come with paddle-shifters.
Depending on the model, features for the X1 include the Driving Assistant system with lane-departure warning, forward collision warning, pedestrian warning and light city braking.
There’s also park distance control at the front and rear, satellite navigation, 18-inch alloy wheels (19-inch on xDrive25i), an auto tailgate, LED headlights and a standard reversing camera on all models.
BMW said one third of its X Series sales worldwide come from the X1, describing the outgoing model as a “runaway success”.
“The all-new BMW X1 represents an advancement in every way over its predecessor,” BMW Australia’s Shawn Ticehurst said.
“As Australia’s love affair with SUVs shows no sign of abating, the X1 will undoubtedly make its mark with its attractive new design, considerable pedigree and competitive pricing.”
The order book for the 2016 BMW X1 is open now.
NOTE: Overseas models pictured, Australian gallery to follow
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Pricing (excludes on-road costs)
2016 BMW X1
- sDrive18d - $49,500
- sDrive20i - $51,600
- xDrive20d - $56,500
- xDrive25i - $59,990
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