BMW has taken the wraps off the all-new X1 after a few images and details leaked online before its actual official unveiling.
The current X1 is a fairly odd looking thing, but the new model is rather handsome. It’s quite clear where its design inspiration comes from. The current model doesn’t really fit into the X range’s design ethos anymore, but its replacement looks like a scaled down X3, or X5.
If you’re in the market for something sportier, you can always order one of the optional Sport Line, xLine or M Sport packages.
South African specifications aren’t available yet, but it seems as if the iDrive system will be standard across the range. Customers will also have a long list of optional extras to choose from, including all the latest in BMW active safety systems.
Initially, five engines will be available, but it’s not clear which of them will find their way to SA.
There’s a 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged diesel in various states of tune. This particular engine is available with 110kW/330Nm, 140kW/400Nm or 170kW/450Nm outputs.
Next up is a 2,0-litre four-cylinder turbocharged petrol, with two power outputs. You can have either 140kW/280Nm, or 170kW/350Nm under your right foot.
The line-up will eventually include two entry models with 1,5-litre three-cylinder turbocharged powertrains.
The gearbox is engine dependent, but a new six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission is available. As standard, power goes to the front wheels only, but all-wheel drive will be an optional extra.
No release date has been set for SA, but we’ll get back to you as soon as we hear something.