The 2016 Beijing Motor Show has started in China from the 25th April 2016 to 4th May 2016 and everyday is bringing a new surprise for the Chinese. The German automaker, BMW, unveiled its 'long wheelbase' X1 SUV version exclusively for the Chinese market by the name of X1 Li. The new model has been manufactured at the Tiexi plant of BMW-Brilliance in Shenyang and will be up for sale soon. Brilliance is the Chinese partner of BMW, which is into the production, distribution and sale of BMW vehicles in China. The rear of BMW X1 Li resembles the long wheelbase version of the flagship 7 series.
When it comes to dimension, the Chinese version is 4560mm in length, thus leaving the standard X1 version, launched in India at the 2016 Auto Expo, far behind with a massive difference of 79mm. It is only the wheelbase that has been worked upon; rest all the design remains the same. The extended wheelbase has provided more leg space in the rear of the luxury SUV along with a stretch in the rear door however the boot space remains unaltered at 505 liters.
Only to be available in China, the all new BMW X1 Li with extended wheelbase will be sold in petrol version only, having front-wheeldrive (sDrive) and all-wheeldrive (xDrive). Both the drives are available in two engine options. The front-wheelbase layout has –
- a 1.5-liter turbocharged 3-cylinder petrol mill, X1 sDrive18 Li, which can produce 136hp of power, and
- a 2.0-liter turbocharged 4-cylinder engine, X1 sDrive20 Li, churning 192hp of power.
On the other hand, the all-wheeldrive version, X1 xDrive25 Li, has 2.0-liter engine with a power of 231hp.
The facts and figures revealed by BMW state that out of the global sales figure of 800,000 units, the German luxury car manufacturer in China along with the help of its partner, Brilliance, has sold nearly 200,000 units of the first-gen X1. This means that the major chunk of the total sales number belongs to the land of dragons and this is why the company has came out with an exclusive version of its X1 SUV for China.
BMW is also offering its 2-series Active Tourer in two wheelbase choices where the longer one is named as 2-series Gran Tourer. It is believed that following the same path, BMW has experimented with its X1 and is launching it in the long wheelbase version.
The BMW X1 launched for the Indian market is only available in the diesel variant unlike the extended wheelbase version launched in China. It is only the time that will reveal which market proves to be beneficial for BMW.