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BMW X1: Videos, engine details

2009-07-02 11:51



 BMW has released the official details of its new X1, which will be unveiled at the forthcoming Frankfurt Motor Show. The X1 joins the X3, X5 and X6 SUV line-up and will go on sale in South Africa in the first quarter of 2010.

It comes with BMW’s intelligent xDrive all-wheel-drive system and benefits from the company’s EfficientDynamics features for optimised fuel economy and performance. Though slotting in below the X3 the 4.45m-long  X1 isn’t too compact - boot space is 420 litres and can be increased to 1 350 litres with the rear seats down.

The BMW X1 is entering the market with a choice of one six-cylinder petrol engine and three four-cylinder diesels. More petrol derivatives will become available at a later stage.

The X1 xDrive28i with its straight-six petrol engine delivers 190 kW at 6 600 r/min and 310 Nm between 2 600 and 3 000 r/min. This model accelerates from a standstill to 100 km/h in just 6.8 seconds and reaches a top speed of 205 km/h (230 km/h with optional high-speed set-up).

The 2-litre four-cylinder diesel with BMW TwinPower Turbo in the xDrive23d develops 150 kW and 400 Nm. With a top speed of 205 km/h it goes from 0-100km/h in 7.3 seconds, while average fuel consumption is 6.3 litres per 100 km.

In the xDrive20d the above-mentioned engine has a power output of 130 kW and a torque figure of 350Nm. Fuel consumption is claimed at 5.3 litres per 100 km.

The entry-level X1’s 2-litre diesel unit develops 105 kW and 320 Nm with fuel consumption claimed at 5.7 litres per 100 km.

Both the xDrive28i and the BMW X1 xDrive23d come standard with a six-speed automatic transmission, and is an option in the 20d model. Manual models come with Auto Start Stop and a gearshift point indicator.



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