The long-wheelbase version of the second generation BMW X1 is set for going on sale next year in China and now we have the first sketches of the exterior.
The Chinese customers love their cars to be as roomier as possible, therefore the long-wheelbase versions are in great demand there. As the country’s auto market is the most important one for the premium automakers, they have to deliver what the buyers want. The world’s largest luxury carmaker, BMW, is set to bring next year to China the elongated variant of its second generation X1. The 2016 X1 LWB has already being spied on the country’s roads, but now we can have an idea of its exterior, thanks to some leaked patent images published by PCauto.com.cn. The exterior of the BMW’s stretched smallest crossover does not bring major changes, only slightly longer back doors and a taller roofline. The model will probably have the “Li” suffix added to its name and a seven-seater version is also expected to follow shortly after the mid-2016 expected launch. As the standard X1 has a 105.1 inches (2,670 mm) wheelbase and 174.8 inches (4,439 mm) in length, the long-wheelbase model is expected to have an extra 4 inches (100 mm) to accommodate the extra seats.
The model will be offered with a range of three and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines mated with a 6-speed manual or 8-speed automatic transmission. The newly introduced entry-level version sDrive18i is making use of a 1.5-litre turbocharged unit, which is capable of putting down a total of 136 HP (100 kW) and a peak torque of 220 Nm (162 lb-ft). There is also a new entry-level diesel added to the X1 range, which has been called the BMW X1 sDrive16d. It will have a 1.5 liter three-cylinder diesel unit developing 116 HP (85 kW) and 270 Nm (200 lb-ft) of torque.