The new BMW X1 xDrive28i will be the first four-cylinder petrol model with BMW TwinPower turbo technology. Heralding the arrival of a new generation of 2,0-litre petrol BMW engines, the model will arrive in South Africa early next year.
The TwinPower technology incorporates twin-scroll turbo-charging, high precision injection, double-VANOS and Valvetronic to give this new model an output of 180 kW and a 6,1 seconds 0-100 km/h sprint time (6,5 seconds for the automatic). Top speed is said to be 240 km/h.
The new BMW X1 xDrive28i comes with a six-speed manual transmission as standard. The standard-fitted BMW EfficientDynamics technology package includes – amongst other features – brake energy regeneration, an optimum shift indicator, auto stop/start function and on-demand control of auxiliary units. An optional eight-speed automatic version will also be offered. BMW claims that fuel consumption and CO2 emissions for the new engine is considerably lower than the previous generation with 7,9 litres/100 km and 183 g/km as the claimed figures respectively.
Standard safety features for the xDrive28i (besides the standard four-wheel drive) include front and side airbags for driver and passenger, head airbags front and rear, crash sensors and a tyre defect indicator, among other items. As part of the driver stability systems, this X1 is equipped with ABS and traction control, cornering brake control, dynamic brake control, a dry braking function, and hill descent control.
Also in the pipeline for the X1 is an M Sports Package. This option, which is available for all engine versions and which debuts at the same time, comprises a range of suspension, exterior and interior components that have been developed specifically for this X model.
The BMW X1 xDrive28i is expected to makes its local debut in the first quarter of 2012.
For a full list of X1 xDrive28i specifications, download the specification sheet by clicking on the documents tab in the top right hand corner of the picture block.