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The BMW X1 Transforms From Wagon to SUV

Author JoeC    Category Crossovers, Family Cars     Tags

If you’ve seen a BMW X1 before, it probably reminds you of older station wagons with its elongated design and low ride height, but BMW just unveiled the new X1, which received a massive injection of SUV DNA. This is the first BMW FWD platform vehicle to make it to the United States, and we’re pretty excited to see it hit the streets.

Let’s take a look at what we know.

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Increases in roof and ride height make the interior of the X1 one of the most spacious yet. The new design gives the vehicle a new look as well, with the roofline peaking right over the front seats and tapering down toward the rear end. Whether it was intentional or not, there’s a clear impression of the BMW X3 here.

The new chassis on the X1 is set to offer a more comfortable driving experience thanks to available features like active dampers, and you should be able to find both front- and all-wheel drive versions when the model arrives. X1 AWD models will have the ability to transfer torque on demand to the individual wheels that need it most for new levels of control on the pavement.

The European release will feature a total of seven different engine options, though we would be surprised if either of the two three-cylinder models made it across the Atlantic. BMW features a six-speed manual and an eight-speed automatic transmission to pair with their engines.

As far as amenities go, this is a BMW. It’s loaded with the latest in tech and comfort features, from the iDrive infotainment system with touchscreen to available LED headlights to advanced safety features that can actually bring the X1 to a stop on their own to prevent a collision.

We’re still waiting on pricing, but because it’s a BMW, expect it to carry an MSRP appropriate to its class. The X1 is set to debut in Europe this October, with the United States release coming later.

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