The world’s largest luxury automaker has decided the Chinese market needs yet another long wheelbase version, though this time we’re not being treated to an exclusive sedan, but a stretched X1 crossover.

As is customary for the Chinese market, there are numerous models offering longer wheelbase versions in order to accommodate increased legroom for the rear passengers compared to the standard guise. We just presented the Audi A4L and the long wheelbase edition of the Mercedes E Class – and now the BMW rival is trumping their sedan credentials with the LWB X1, sitting in the crossover class. Titled “X1 Long Wheelbase,” the elongated version has been developed for China and will be exclusive to the world’s largest auto market. It has exactly the same design as the regular X1, save for the perception difference caused by the longer rear doors. The previous long-wheelbase X1 generation is about 3.1 inches (8 centimeters) shorter, 0.7 inches (2 cm) narrower and 1.5 inches (4 cm) lower. Thanks to the increased dimensions of the new X1 LWB, there’s an addition of 2-7 inches (5-18 cm) more knee room in the back for passengers, which also have the possibility to recline the seats fore and aft by 5.1 inches (13 cm). The cargo space goes for 465-675, with a maximum of 1,650 liters once the 40:20:40-split rear bench is folded.

The model will be produced at BMW Brilliance’s Tiexi factory in Shenyang, with the new X1 Long Wheelbase motivated via three engine options: sDrive18Li with 136-hp three-cylinder unit, sDrive20Li/xDrive20Li with 192-hp four-cylinder unit and 231-hp four-cylinder in the xDrive25Li. The base version is linked to a six-speed Steptronic transmission and the bigger options have an eight-speed Steptronic. The X1 LWB will be available with the xLine and Sport Line trims, packing a wide range of standard and optional equipment options. These include Harman Kardon surround sound system, head-up display, LED headlights, automatic tailgate operation, Dynamic Damper Control, with the BMW X1 Long Wheelbase set to arrice n Chinese showrooms in the months to come.


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