Lets start with the X1 M35i xDrive performance. Its four-cylinder unit uses M TwinPower Turbo technology to record maximum output of 300 hp. Meanwhile this BMW X1 M35i xDrive races to 100 km/h from rest in 5.4 seconds, while top speed is electronically limited to 250 km/h.
Its M TwinPower Turbo technology has been upgraded by increasing the performance of the turbocharging system and indirect charge air cooling at the same time as introducing dual injection for mixture preparation as a function of load point. It is also equipped with VANOS variable camshaft timing with optimised oil supply for the actuator and VALVETRONIC fully variable valve timing. The engine generates its maximum output between 5,750 and 6,500 rpm, while peak torque of 400 Nm is on tap from 2,000 up to 4,500 rpm.
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Seven-speed Steptronic transmission with double clutch and M Sport Boost
The seven-speed Steptronic transmission fitted in the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive stands out with its ultra-sharp shift action. Shift paddles on the steering wheel allow quick manual interventions in the gear selection process.
The M Sport Boost function is also available for exceptionally rapid bursts of speed. Here, all the powertrain and chassis systems are switched to their sportiest setting when the driver pulls on the left-hand shift paddle for at least one second.
Supreme traction and agility: BMW xDrive all-wheel drive, mechanical limited-slip differential at the front axle
The BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel-drive system ensures that drive power is distributed between the front and rear wheels as required in any situation. The system is interlinked with the chassis control tech at all times. A hang-on clutch with electro-hydraulic control allows drive torque to be directed to the rear wheels as well in a matter of a few milliseconds, providing significantly greater traction, directional stability and sporting prowess in the BMW mould.
The all-wheel-drive system is assisted in its task by the mechanical limited-slip differential built into the seven-speed Steptronic transmission of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive. This serves to limit the difference in speed between the front wheels. With a locking factor of up to 26 percent, it increases traction over loose terrain or in adverse weather conditions at the same time as boosting agility and handling dynamics when taking corners at speed.
An exclusive window into signature M performance
The new BMW X1 M35i xDrive stands apart from its stablemates in the compact SAV line-up not only on account of its superior performance attributes, but also with its distinctive design. M-specific design cues reflect the elite sporting character of the new range-topping model with an intensity unmatched in any previous performance model from BMW M GmbH.
The interior of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive already offers an arrestingly sporting ambience in its standard specification, and its distinctive aura can be enhanced further still with exclusive options such as M Sport seats. The M-specific content on the BMW Curved Display – a fully digital screen grouping formed by the 10.25-inch information display and the control display with a screen diagonal of 10.7 inches – sharpens the driver’s focus on the sporty driving experience. Added to which, the most powerful variant of the compact SAV can also be specified with almost the full range of options offered for the BMW X1 when it comes to optimising driving pleasure, comfort and individuality.
Standalone design with familiar M details: M kidney grille with horizontal double bars, M exterior mirror caps, quartet of exhaust tailpipes
The M-specific design cues of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive are testimony to the technical requirements of an exceptionally sporty car in terms of cooling air provision and aerodynamic balance. A front apron with particularly large air intakes ensures the engine, transmission and brakes can continue to work within their optimum temperature windows at all times, even under hard driving. Prominent side skirt extensions, a model-specific roof spoiler and a rear apron with diffuser inlay vividly showcase the performance-led character of the new flagship model.
The BMW M kidney grille of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive bears the M logo. The grille also sports horizontal double bars – a detail previously only found on high-performance models from BMW M GmbH. When viewing the range-topping model from the side, black M exterior mirror caps with twin-stalk design indicate its elevated status. Another identifying feature comes in the form of the four exhaust tailpipes – each with a diameter of 80 millimetres – integrated into the model-specific rear apron. As on the high-performance models referred to above, these pairs of tailpipes positioned to the far left and right of the BMW X1 M35i xDrive’s rear end signal with unmistakable clarity the presence of the finest engine in that particular model range.
The likewise M-specific cockpit design also plays its part in creating a high-intensity performance experience inside the cabin. Highlights include an Alcantara-covered instrument panel, Aluminium Hexacube Dark interior trim elements, an anthracite-coloured headliner, M door sill trim, M pedals, the M-specific graphics of the BMW Curved Display – and, optionally, the BMW Head-Up Display – and an M leather steering wheel with gearshift paddles.
Standard equipment for the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive also brings black Sensatec/Alcantara sport seats with blue contrast stitching. These can alternatively be ordered as an option trimmed in Vernasca leather with special diamond quilting. Also on the options list are M Sport seats. These offer a wide range of electrical adjustment (including memory function for the driver’s seat), have integral head restraints and feature an illuminated M logo in the upper section of the backrests.
The intensely sporty interior ambience goes hand in hand with unrestricted functionality. The rear seat backrest of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive splits and folds 40 : 20 : 40, and the tilt angle of each section can also be adjusted individually. The optional forward/back adjustment for the rear seats brings even greater variability. The boot capacity can be increased from 540 litres to a maximum 1,600 litres.
Display and control/operation system, connectivity
The new BMW X1 M35i xDrive is one of the brand’s first models to feature the updated version of the control/operation system BMW iDrive with QuickSelect and BMW Operating System 9. In order to make selecting and operating numerous functions and digital services even more intuitive and comfortable, the latest generation of BMW iDrive offers a newly designed home screen and QuickSelect functionality. This brings an improved menu structure that takes its cues from consumer electronics devices. By showing the right information in the right place, the new BMW iDrive enhances the car’s focused, assured driving experience.
The updated BMW iDrive system with QuickSelect in the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive is underpinned by BMW Operating System 9. This technology enables a broader offering of digital content for information and entertainment, shorter function update cycles and improved access to a host of specific online services. BMW iDrive with QuickSelect also teams up with the BMW Curved Display and BMW Intelligent Personal Assistant, and is therefore geared squarely to operation using the touchscreen and natural language.