2015 Frankfurt Motor Show LIVE: 2016 BMW X1 image

June was a busy month for the world’s largest luxury automaker in the world – BMW AG – with the company unveiling the 7 Series flagship sedan and its smallest crossover, the second generation X1.

The new generation X1 has shed the predecessor’s station wagon looks for a more distinctive styling that emphasizes robustness and follows closer the design imposed by the company’s line of recent SAVs – their denomination for sport utility vehicle. The X1 comes with a more dynamic front fascia with sporty front bumper and a larger kidney grille flanked by LED wrapped headlights. We also see the addition of more plastic body protection or the tailgate-mounted spoiler. Styling packages have become traditional for BMW and the X1 comes with the Sport Line, xLine and M Sport line. The latter comes fresh with an aerodynamically enhanced body kit and larger, specific alloys.

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Inside the cabin the most affordable versions come with cloth seats, Oxide Silver trim and high-gloss black accents – and clients will have air conditioning and a freestanding iDrive infotainment system with a 6.5-inch display. From there on there are numerous choices up to the M Sport line that adds cloth/Alcantara sport seats, Aluminium Hexagon trim and matte blue accents, among other goodies. In terms of technology enhancements the crossover will have a new heads-up display and a Driving Assistant Plus package that comes with Active Cruise Control and other safety systems.

Engine choices will be limited to five four-cylinder options at launch – three diesel variants going from 150 to 231 PS and two petrol with 192 PS (141 kW) and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque or 231 PS (170 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque. Even smaller options using the 1.5-liter three-cylinder engine from Mini will be available later on developing either 116 PS (85 kW) or 136 PS (100 kW).