BMW has released a photo gallery of the X1 xDrive28i and in doing so, it also unveiled the much-anticipated four-cylinder turbocharged petrol engine that debuts on the new crossover. Basically, this engine replaces a classic, naturally aspirated 3.0-liter straight-six. BMW’s new engine is the first four-cylinder unit to use BMW’s TwinPower Turbo technology.
It features an all-aluminum crankcase, twin-scroll turbocharging system, direct injection, as well as the latest version of BMW’s patented VALVETRONIC variable valve control system. From its 1,997 cc displacement, BMW claims an output of 245 hp (180 kW) – which is 73 hp (55 kW) higher than the previous top-powered BMW 2.0-liter petrol engine.
Peek torque is rated at 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) and is available from 1,250 rpm. The outgoing X1 xDrive28i is powered by a 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine that delivers 258 hp at 6,600 rpm and 310Nm (228 lb-ft) of torque from 2,600 rpm.
The standard X1 xDrive28i has been equipped with a six-speed manual gearbox, but an eight-speed automatic is offered as an optional extra. While using the manual, the crossover is able to accelerate from zero to 100 km/h (62 mph) in 6.1 seconds.
With the automatic transmission, this speed can be reached in 6.5 seconds. BMW claims that the sprint time is faster by 0.7 seconds (0.3 seconds for the automatic), compared to the previous generation with the 3.0-liter straight-six. But it isn’t just performance that was improved; economy was also given a boost.
The X1 xDrive28i with the new four-pot offers an average fuel consumption in the EU test cycle of 7.9 liters /100 km (29.8 mpg US), about 16% better than the previous model. Its CO2 emissions are also lower by 38g to 183 g/km. The new X1 xDrive28i is scheduled for a world premier this March at the Geneva Salon. It is also expected to start selling across Europe this spring.