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2016 BMW X1 gains SUV proportions (pictures)

With a gain of over 2 inches in roof height and a higher riding position, the new generation of the BMW X1 looks like a real SUV.

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FRANKFURT -- BMW showed off a new generation of its small SUV, the X1, at the Frankfurt auto show.

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The new model will offer high-tech bells and whistles, such as LED headlights.

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Engine choices announced for Europe include a mix of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines and three-cylinder engines.

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The new X1 shows similar styling as the current model, but the proportions are vastly different.

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With a front-wheel-drive platform, the engine is pushed more towards the front, making for more passenger room.

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The new X1 will be the first front-wheel-drive platform car that BMW brings to the US.

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Although it uses a front-wheel-drive platform, all-wheel-drive will be available on some variants.

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Roof height goes up by more than 2 inches (5cm), giving the X1 a more SUV-like appearance than its predecessor.

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LED tail lights are standard.

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Ride height is increased for both front and and rear passengers.

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The rear cargo area increases in capacity by 3 cubic feet.

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BMW offers a number of driver assistance features for the new X1, such as adaptive cruise control and collision prevention.

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With optional adaptive dampers, BMW promises better handling in the new X1.

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The iDrive system has been updated to BMW's latest, with a touchpad embedded into the iDrive controller on the console.

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A 6.5-inch tablet-style LCD shows infotainment functions.

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