The new strategy of the brand of Munich allows for more versions M Performance and a greater presence of BMW M in the entire range of products.
said Ian Robertson at the last Auto show in Beijing, when he spoke about the centenary of BMW and the future plans confirming more models M pointing out that “from 40 years ago, BMW has been inspired by motorsport and the competition becoming a benchmark, and the current trend seems to show a greater interest in the offer of the division Motorsport”, adding that “the key to the future success of BMW M is the strategic expansion, so that M Performance will be extended further still on our models”.
The new X1 is the only model of the range SUV of BMW, which has neither an M version Performance, or M, in your offer. In the first generation happened exactly the same, but then the versions M were limited to the X5 M and X6 M Arrived M Performance to the middle segment with the X4 M40i providing a sporty feel but without being as radical as a true M.
The current trend is marked by the SUV and the two next to arrive will be the third generation of the X3 and the second from X4, and we already know that both will have versions M Performance M40i and the most sports X3 M and X4 M.
Knowing this background, we can tell you that before the end of this generation of the X1, the offer mechanics will have a sports version M Performance, which will be known as X1 M35i xDrive. Will be taking advantage of the changes in the middle of its life cycle.
we Know that working in it since about a year ago; in fact, the first to arrive will be the 1-Series Sedan M35i xDrive, but there will be important differences between this model front-wheel-drive and rear-wheel-drive from the X3, as BMW, a model M with front-wheel drive or xDrive does not fit into the philosophy of the brand itself and would not be on par with the driving and the feeling of clients accustomed to BMW M.
In the section mechanical is where the differences with the versions M40i will be the most important. The engines inline six-cylinder and 3.0-liter TwinPower Turbo do not agree on the configuration of the BMW X1, front-wheel drive and the engine placed in a transverse position, so that use the block of four cylinders and 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo B48, which reaches a maximum of 300 HP. The same that will be mounted in the future MINI JCW GP.
unlike the rest of the models M Performance with six-cylinder engine, as the M240i, the X1 M35i xDrive is available only with all-wheel drive and automatic gearbox eight-speed.
the image of The BMW X1 M35i xDrive will be the usual in the
models M Performance, highlighting a redesigned front bumper with large
air inlets and two exhausts separated, one at each end of the part
rear, in place of the double pair on the left side, supplemented by a
sport suspension M, most powerful brakes, and chassis lowered.