It wasn't easy to renovate a car, the BMW X1, which since 2009, the year it was launched, immediately gained the favor of motorists from all over the world, quickly becoming the sales queen.
Suffice it to say that the X1 is the best-selling BMW model in Italy in the last six years and that since the launch of the first generation, the E84, more than 2.7 million have been sold worldwide, of which 124,300 in Italy.
Therefore, having to renew a successful car like the X1 was a difficult undertaking.
A challenge to which the designers of the Monaco House came out with flying colors so much so that the third generation of the X1, which has the initials U11, immediately became an object of desire with long waiting times from the moment of the order.
For the first time, the new BMW X1 has an all-electric drive system, as well as two plug-in hybrid models and six models with internal combustion engines (three diesel and three petrol) including four with 48 V mild hybrid technology The third generation of the X1, which is produced on a single assembly line in the Regensburg plant, has well-marked shapes which immediately distinguish it from the previous model and which allow it to have a record Cx.
Compared to the previous 2015 version, the F48, it has grown by 5.3 centimeters in length (it now has a wheelbase of 2.69 metres), in width and by 4.4 centimeters in height.
Even the boot is now larger: and the load capacity goes from 505 liters in the F48 to 540 liters in the new U11 up to 1600 liters with the rear seat backrests folded down.
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The ANSA Motori test featured the X1 Xdrive 23d, in M Sport configuration, which has a 197 HP 2000 cc mild hybrid diesel engine combined with a 19 HP 48 Volt electric motor for a total power of 211 HP (155 kW) and 400 Nm. In the test drive, which lasted several days, we were able to appreciate the qualities of this engine which enhances driving pleasure in all conditions.
The engine, combined with the 7-speed dual-clutch automatic transmission, has a lot of verve thanks also to the boost command which, if desired, gives maximum power for 10 seconds.
Consumption is also excellent, which in the city amounted to over 16 km with a liter of diesel.
In extra-urban we traveled just over 20 km/l and on the motorway about 18 km/l.
Among the many innovations introduced, the X1 is appreciated for its excellent habitability even when traveling in company.
Among other things, by sliding the rear sofa completely backwards, a generous space is created for passengers, more like a small limousine than a compact SUV.
Key elements of the new cabin are the slim instrument cluster, the BMW Curved Display, the "floating" armrest with integrated instrument panel and the smartphone tray with indirect lighting at the front of the center console.
The newly designed seats are available with the option of perforated Sensatec and Vernasca leather upholstery.
The rear seatback of the new BMW X1 is split 40:20:40 and can be adjusted at a different angle to expand the luggage capacity.
The new BMW X1 offers its occupants the multi-sensory experience of the latest generation of BMW iDrive in the form of the BMW Live Cockpit Plus, fitted as standard.
Based on the BMW Operating System 8, it comprises the BMW Curved Display with state-of-the-art graphics and menu structure and the BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant which has now gained further expertise.
The all-digital display group consists of the 10.25-inch information display and the control display with a diagonal of 10.7 inches.
The new BMW iDrive provides intuitive tactile and voice control.
Extensive digitization of the interior allows you to significantly reduce the number of physical buttons, controls and switches required for operation.
Also available in the new BMW X1 are a Personal eSIM designed for 5G mobile technology, the BMW Digital Key Plus, BMW ID functionality and smartphone integration via Apple CarPlay© and Android Auto™.
The Adas for driving assistance are also notable and very comfortable.
Standard features include cruise control with braking function and forward collision warning.
The parking assist system with reversing camera and reversing assistant is also part of the standard equipment.
The options list, on the other hand, includes the Steering and Lane Keeping Assistant, Active Cruise Control with Stop&Go function, Active Navigation, the exit warning function and the BMW Head-Up Display, as well as Surround View, Remote 3D View, BMW Drive Recorder and Remote Theft Recorder.