The 2016 BMW X1 has made its much awaited public debut at the Internationale Automobil-Ausstellung aka Frankfurt Motor Show. The new X1 looks similar to the X5 SUV and doing so, dumps the station wagon look. This aesthetic update will be a key factor in winning back the consumer base, which BMW lost because of the love-or-hate looks of the 1st generation X1. The new X1 will feature the front-wheel-drive UKL platform, which also finds its application in the Mini lineup. The exteriors of the X1 feature sportier front bumper and all-LED headlights with the signature corona rings as DRLs.
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Under the hood, the new X1 comes with the 2.0 litre inline 4-cylinder petrol engine, which is available in two variants with power figures of 189.4 bhp and 227.9 bhp. The diesel variant will get a 2.0 litre inline 4-cylinder turbo diesel and will feature 3 different torque outputs viz. 330 Nm, 400 Nm and the 450 Nm. The entry level variants, X1 sDrive16d (114.4 bhp) and X1 sDrive 18i (134.2 bhp) will probably make their way to India in 2016.
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Also making its appearance at the Frankfurt Motor Show is the all new 7 series. The car features an active kidney grill and visible air flap controls. The headlights and tail lights feature LED units. On the sides, the car flaunts a L-shaped chrome strip that runs across the length of the car. The new BMW 7 series is powered by a 4.4 liter twin-turbo V8 that produces 445bhp in the 750i. The car is also available with an option of 3.0-litre twin-turbo V6 petrol that delivers a power output of 320 hp in the 740i and a 3.0-litre twin-turbo diesel, which belts out 261 hp for the 730d. The 740e comes as a plug-in hybrid and is powered by a 2.0-litre twin-turbo petrol engine and an electric drive unit. All the variants are mated to an eight-speed Sport Automatic Steptronic transmission.
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