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Platform switch for BMW’s X1 helps transform appealing crossover
24 Dec 2015
By NEIL DOWLING
CLEVER use of the family chattels has turned BMW’s stoic reputation as a rear-drive-only car-maker to dust, but in the process has created a more efficient cluster of models.
The first front-drive BMW was the 2 Series Active Tourer that, in basic terms, used the platform of its subsidiary brand, Mini, to package up a versatile and pretty hatchback.
Now the march is on as the Mini underpinnings are applied to more models. The X1 family is the most recent recipient before it rolls out to the 1 Series of passenger cars.
The aim is to give prestige buyers a vehicle more focused on family needs – space, style, safety and low-cost ownership.
It also means the BMW X1 is on a level playing field with its main rivals, repeating their front-drive platform design with optional all-wheel drive mechanicals, a 2.0-litre turbocharged petrol engine and automatic-only transmission.
It may turn the BMW rear-drive mandate 180-degrees, but the X1 is undoubtedly an impressive car and a significant step-up on its predecessor.
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Model release date: 1 October 2015
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