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.
FRANKFURT -- BMW showed off a new generation of its small SUV, the X1, at the Frankfurt auto show.
The new model will offer high-tech bells and whistles, such as LED headlights.
Engine choices announced for Europe include a mix of gasoline and diesel four-cylinder engines and three-cylinder engines.
The new X1 shows similar styling as the current model, but the proportions are vastly different.
With a front-wheel-drive platform, the engine is pushed more towards the front, making for more passenger room.
The new X1 will be the first front-wheel-drive platform car that BMW brings to the US.
Although it uses a front-wheel-drive platform, all-wheel-drive will be available on some variants.
Roof height goes up by more than 2 inches (5cm), giving the X1 a more SUV-like appearance than its predecessor.
LED tail lights are standard.
Ride height is increased for both front and and rear passengers.
The rear cargo area increases in capacity by 3 cubic feet.
BMW offers a number of driver assistance features for the new X1, such as adaptive cruise control and collision prevention.
With optional adaptive dampers, BMW promises better handling in the new X1.
The iDrive system has been updated to BMW's latest, with a touchpad embedded into the iDrive controller on the console.
A 6.5-inch tablet-style LCD shows infotainment functions.
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