BMW unveils X1 M35i boasting chassis and engine upgrades
The SUV costs £7,125 less than rival the GLA 35 AMG
BMW has introduced the M performance version of the latest BMW X1, featuring various modifications to the chassis and engine, priced from £45,995.
Known as the X1 M35i, this model is equipped with an upgraded version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine found in the BMW 2 Series Coupe, making a maximum power output of 296bhp and 400 Nm of torque.
With a seven-speed torque-converter automatic gearbox, the car can launch from 0 to 62mph in 5.4 seconds, just 0.2 seconds slower than its closest rival, the Mercedes GLA 35 AMG.
In addition to BMW’s XDrive four wheel drive system, the car also comes equipped with a mechanical limited-slip differential for added traction at the front.
Chassis modifications include adaptive suspension, and the car sits 15mm lower than the regular X1 models.
BMW says the stability control and traction control systems have also been improved, allowing them to react up to 10 times faster.
The M35i rides on 19-inch alloy wheels as standard, which can be paired to BMW’s optional M Compound brakes. These are made from cast iron and aluminium to deliver improved stopping power and reduced unsprung weight.
With a large spoiler and quad-exhaust-pipes at the rear, the car boasts more aggressive styling than the standard X1’s, plus larger air dams at the front.
The interior generally resembles that of the regular X1, but can be fitted with the optional M Sport bucket seats.
European customers can expect deliveries of the new X1 M35i to begin in November.