URIQUE, Mexico -- BMW is increasing the price of its redesigned base X1 crossover by about $1,800 and adding standard features.
The X1 xDrive28i will start at $35,795 including shipping, BMW said today at a press event here. Unlike the previous generation that had standard front-wheel drive, the revamped X1 comes standard with all-wheel drive. The 2016 X1 goes on sale Oct. 24.
The X1 is the first vehicle in the United States to use BMW’s new generation of four-cylinder engines and is powered by a 2.0-liter with 228 hp. Mini uses a version of this engine in its redesigned models.
The X1 is also on the UKL BMW Group architecture being used for all Minis and BMW compact cars.
The X1, which went on sale in 2012, competes in the premium compact crossover segment with vehicles including the Audi Q3, Mercedes-Benz GLA and Range Rover Evoque.
Despite initial doubts about whether the vehicle would sell, in the three years it has been on sale BMW has sold more than 68,000 X1s in the U.S., X1 product manager John Kelly said.
He would not give specifics, but said the X1 will likely top its peak, which was 26,512 units in 2013 -- its first full year of sales.
Wider, roomier, shorter
The redesigned model is nearly an inch wider at 71.7 inches and less than an inch shorter with a length of 175.4 inches. Interior room and cargo room have been improved.
The standard power front seats have a 1 inch higher seating position than the current X1. Rear seats are raised 2.5 inches higher than the front, and rear legroom has been increased by 2.6 inches.
The revamped interior has more premium soft-touch materials and a more “open and airy feel,” Kelly said.
Standard features include new bolstered sport seats, a leather sport steering wheel, and a power rear trunk that can be activated by kicking under the rear bumper without actually touching it.
BMW added storage room in the center console and throughout the vehicle. New ambient lighting can be switched from amber to off-white.
The X1 uses BMW’s iDrive controller for entertainment and navigation, linked to a standard 6.5-inch or optional 8.8-inch screen.
The new 2.0-liter four-cylinder TwinPower turbo engine enables the X1 to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 6.3 seconds. Fuel economy remains unchanged at 22 mpg city, 32 highway.
The xDrive all-wheel-drive system has been re-engineered and mated to the standard Dynamic Stability Control feature that can counteract oversteer or understeer, according to BMW. The xDrive system also has standard hill descent control.
BMW’s Driving Dynamic Control has a switch on the center console that allows the driver to set the car to comfort, sport or eco pro. This controls the accelerator pedal, steering and shift characteristics of the eight-speed automatic transmission.
The Dynamic Stability Control systems also has anti-locking brakes, traction control, brake assist, brake fade compensation, and a Start-Off Assistant that does not allow rollback on a hill.
A Drive Assist Plus package for $1,850 has semi-autonomous features, including lane departure warning, speed limit information, automatic high beams, front collision warning, active cruise control with stop and go and park distance control and parking assistance.