2015 BMW X1 – Vehicle with crossover style but sporty saloon driving performance
Creating one of the most luxurious small crossovers, the 2015 BMW X1, the Bavarian car maker made a major leap towards creating a new premium segment for small crossovers. The first vehicle that came close to endangering BMW since it introduced the X1 in 2009 is the Range Rover Evoque, soon after Audi revealed the Q3, and Benz followed with the introduction of the GLA. In this manner the segment was formed and BMW, as a pioneer, has the same vehicle they had back in 2009 despite all other producers offering newer and more contemporary vehicles.
The new generation is in the development phase, but Beemer slightly upgraded the X1 in 2013 for the model years 2014 and 2015. The upgrades were not small. Despite being transferred, and basically unchanged, from 2014 to 2015, the BMW X1 is still a formidable player in the car market. Sales results talk the talk. Just in 2013, BMW sold more X1 crossovers than it did with the hatchback 1 series. This way, the 2015 BMW X1 became the bestselling vehicle from BMW X range of vehicles.
Thanks in part to its connection with the 3 series Touring (E91) on which the chassis of the 2015 BMW X1 is based, the X1 is offered in rear wheel drive and all wheel drive versions. None of its competitors are based on a rear wheel drive chassis and that makes the X1 more interesting than any of them. What’s more, the 2015 BMW X1 seems to be an old-school vehicle. The smallest engine in it is a two liter four cylinder, but it was available with the gorgeous three liter turbocharged unit with 300 HP. Imagine, this small crossover with xDrive and such a powerful engine – no one could match it until Benz revealed the GLA35 AMG and Audi revealed the RSQ3. However, Beemer carries much of the tech from the C segment luxury car, meaning that interior fit is luxurious and the whole arrangement in the cabin is similar to that in the old 3 series sedan, which is not a bad thing at all.
The BMW X1 has a 420 liter boot, features aerodynamically enhanced exterior (especially models after redesign in 2013) and the commonalities with the 3 series saloon made it rather pleasant to drive and to sit in as well. The X1 is regarded as one of those vehicles that have a second nature. It can and it will serve as a nice small family hauler (although, not everyone will like its rather cramped rear seat space), but when it comes to tempered driving, it can be almost as engaging as the 3 series.
Unfortunately, the new generation will be based upon the new BMW front wheel drive platform (used by 2 series Active Tourer and the new Mini), and it will be powered by a three cylinder and a four cylinder turbocharged engine. Therefore, if you’d rather have a BMW crossover with a larger engine and a rear wheel drive based chassis, than there is not much time to wait. The new model will be on the streets in late 2015 or early 2016. Despite being offered in sDrive version (two wheel drive), xDrive version is also offered. It is possible to buy the all wheel drive version with any engine-transmission combination.