BMW has been facing quite a tough competition when it comes to crossovers. Overall, X1 has been relatively unsuccessful since its launch in 2016. Owing to its poor styling, 2018 BMW X1 is rumored to undergo significant changes, according to the German auto giant.
Apart from making it more attractive visually, the new X1 is also said to undergo changes in its powertrain. Apart from the petrol and the diesel engines, a new hybrid engine is also expected from this mid-range crossover. The new BMW X1 is said to borrow parts of its exterior body from its bigger siblings, X3 and X5.
2018 BMW X1 Interior and Exterior
BMW boosts of producing a more aerodynamic light weight X1 as compared to its other models. Light weight aluminum design also aims to increase fuel efficiency. According to sources, the new BMW X1 2018 is going to be shorter and interiors will be revamped. The new model receives new bumpers, new improved kidney grills, and raised bonnet with 17 inch alloy wheels.
More leg space is to be provided in addition to a lower ground clearance thus improving the aerodynamics further. Air vents will be larger allowing more cooling. To compete with its rivals, AUDI and Mercedes, new cabin design will be installed.
Engine and Powertrain
The 2018 BMW X1 is supposed to get an upgraded wheel Drive (xDrive) with McPherson front suspension, arms of which to be made of steel and aluminum.
With an ideal weight distribution of 50:50, BMW engineers aim to maintain a low center of gravity to give more stability. Though the new X1 will primarily be a FWD, an AWD version is also expected. In terms of specification, both petrol and diesel versions will be made available.
- 2.0 Liters 4-cylinder turbocharged engine producing 228 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque with 6 speed auto transmission is the first option.
- As the second option, a hybrid engine is expected to debut itself to the tune of 1.5 liters gas powered producing 136 hp and 162 lb-ft of torque.
BMW X1 2018 is expected to offer better gas economy with an estimated 23 mpg in the city and 32 mpg in the highway.
Potentially one of the most comfortable rides in this segment, the BMW X1 offers 3 driving settings- Comfort, Sport and Eco Pro. In terms of comfort, 2018 BMW X1 is likely to offer better standards than its previous versions. Placement and ample space provided to the seats make it look more like an SUV and not just a car unlike many of its smaller rivals. Plenty of legroom is provided to give the driver and the passengers extra comfort both in the front and back seats.
Other specifications included from the inside include:
- 8-way Power Seating Arrangements.
- The iDrive system with a 6.5 inches touchscreen with load of options.
- Adaptive cruise-control, Parking Assistant, Collision Signaling System for a better drive.
- Harman Kardon audio system with surround sound.
- BMW Emergency-request together with an SOS button when required.
Pricing and Availability
The current 2017 BMW X1 base model is available at a price of $34,000, and around $40,000 for the top model. Although not confirmed, the 2018 BMW X1 is expected at a price of $ 33,100 for the base model and it can go up to $ 45,000 for the top model with all the extra features.