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2023 BMW X1 M35i xDrive 4

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Riley Riley

For those that can’t afford something larger and more expensive, BMW plans to launch an M version of its smallest SUV the X1 later this year.

It will be known as the BMW X1 M35i xDrive, joining the highly regarded M135i xDrive, M235i xDrive and M240i xDrive.

But remember, this isn’t a full M model like the BMW M3 or M5 — but a mid-range offering.

The four-cylinder power turbocharged engine will produce 233Kw of power and 400Nm of torque from 2000-4500 rpm, and will be able to dispatch the dash to 100km/h in 5.4 seconds, with a top speed limited to 250km/h.

Various innovations set this engine apart from the preceding generation, including the adoption of the Miller cycle, redesigned intake ports and combustion chambers, and changes to the camshaft timing, injection, ignition system and exhaust gas routing.

The engine is mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with M Sport Boost.

While it’s not going to set the world on fire, it’s nothing to be sneezed at.

M-specific chassis technology, including the option of M Compound brakes for the first time on a performance model, teams with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive to deliver elevated performance characteristics.

Ride height has been lowered 15mm and adaptive M suspension and sport steering are standard, along with 20-inch M light alloys.

The new range-topper comes with exclusive design and equipment features originally reserved for high-performance cars.

These include two pairs of exhaust tailpipes and optional one-piece M Sport buckets with illuminated M logo.

X1 M35i will also be among the first BMW models to feature the new BMW iDrive with QuickSelect and BMW Operating System 9.

The market launch of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive is slated for the fourth quarter of this year, with deliveries in Australia to commence at the end of the year.

BMW X1 M35i xDrive will be priced from $90,900 plus on-roads.


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