The first details about new 2017 BMW X1 M have been appeared. Introduction of next-gen BMW X1 is a done deal as compact luxury crossover had received a substantial overhaul. Current models can be ordered with Bavarian maker’s regular packages and the M sport package to top them all.
However, M sport package doesn’t do nearly enough as the pure M sport models do with their stronger powertrains and sporty tweaks. 2017 BMW X1 M will fix that and offer much faster and performance-oriented crossover.
The Engine range
Current X1 models feature quite solid and powerful 2.0L turbo four unit with more than 200 horsepower. However, Audi and Mercedes-Benz offer their compacts RS Q3 and GLA45 AMG with much more power than that. They offer around 350 horses, and 2017 BMW X1 M would have to match that output, or at least come close. That’s exactly what it’ll do, thanks to 3.0L twin-turbo V-6 engine, most likely. As far as the rest of the drivetrain goes, X1 will likely come exclusively with xDrive all-wheel drive and tied to 8-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission.
Design – Interior and Exterior
From design’s standpoint, differences between X1’s regular and M lineup will be minimal. As it is the case with the M sport models, BMW will change their crossover’s suspension, brakes and splitter. Apart from heavier powertrain below the hood, 2017 BMW X1 M will feature different bumpers and exhaust pipe. However, even M version of the X1 will feature Bavarian maker’s hallmark details such as split grille and ever-contemporary headlamps.
M model decals will adorn both the front and the rear where X1 will continue with perfectly executed tailgate with quite large tail-lights. Midsection crease starts exactly from these tail-lights and finishes at the roof of the front bumper.
Cabin arrangements will remain unchanged; that much is certain. However, 2017 BMW X1 M will be furbished with different materials – of that, there’s no doubt. Unlike the regular lineup, X1 M should receive Alcantara leather inserts and similarly trimmed steering wheel. More upscale metallic or aluminum accents should also find their way to the new iteration of the X1. Dashboard layout, as already mentioned, will remain the same. Large, 6.5-inch popping touch screen display now sits atop the dash, but offers similar set of features.
They are bundled in a number of packages like Technology Package for $2,550 or Premium Package for $3,250. By opting for both of these, you’ll receive navigation with touchpad controller, BMW online with apps, satellite radio and even a panoramic moonroof.
Safety features are more than satisfactory for a compact crossover, but compared to other Bavarian maker’s nameplates, 2017 BMW X1 M falls behind. It offers a rearview camera, both downhill and hill-start assists, parking assistance and park distance control which uses ultrasonic sensors both up front and around the back.
2017 BMW X1 M Price & MPG
Current X1 manages to deliver quite formidable fuel efficiency of 22 mpg in the city and 32 mpg on the highway. X1 M models won’t be that lucky, and their ratings should see a considerable drop in figures. Good result would be city numbers still in twenties and highway figures in high twenties, but even this is questionable. Price range is still uncertain too, but M version of BMW’s compact crossover likely won’t come below $40,000, and it could easily become much more expensive affair than that.
2017 BMW X1 M should be much more prolific than its conventional siblings, both in terms of visual styling and performance. It will be interesting to see how it pits against its arch rivals Audi and Mercedes-Benz as well, but we won’t doubt BMW for a second. We are confident that they will manage to produce a quality and balanced vehicle, quite on par with the competition.
The biggest rivals are 2015 Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG and 2015 Audi RS Q3.