The other day, we reported that the Chinese have a fondness for long-wheelbase variants of popular vehicles, the BMW X1 being one of them. But what exactly is it that has the market enamored with the German crossover's extra length?
For starters, 8cm goes a very long way when it comes to the cabin. Captains of the industry will revel in the extended rear legroom of the X1, which is made more apparent by the tilt-adjustable backrest that allows occupants to lounge in comfort. This is complemented by the extra 18cm of leg space, as well as the sliding bench that can move fore and aft, depending on your mood.
Apart from this, cargo capacity is pegged at 465L to 675L, depending on the position of that rear seat--that's up to over 200L of extra capacity. By comparison, the regular X1 can hold up to 505L. And of course, all the premium materials and comfort features are part of the mix, too. It is, after all, a BMW.
The long-wheelbase X1 can be had in either xLine or Sports Line guise. The xLine is distinguished by satin aluminum window surrounds, roof rails, matte satin silver side skirts, and 18-inch Y-spoke bi-color alloy wheels. The Sports Line, meanwhile, gets gloss-black trim on the mirror caps, kidney grille, and side window surrounds. It is complemented by body-color underbody protection, as well as 18-inch double-spoke alloys wheels.
The long-wheelbase X1 is powered by either a three-cylinder, 136hp gasoline motor in the X1 sDrive 18Li; a 192hp four-pot in the X1 sDrive 20Li and the xDrive 20Li; or a 231hp lump in the X1 xDrive25Li. These powerplants are mated to an eight-speed Steptronic gearbox and come in either front- or all-wheel drive.
As with all BMWs, the long-wheelbase X1 comes with a wealth of driver aids and connectivity options. There is a choice between various screen sizes and configurations, each of these designed to make driving easier and safer. One such feature is the Speed Limit Info system that is projected directly into the driver’s line of sight. This allows one to keep within the desired speed without taking his eyes off the road.
The BMW X1 Long Wheelbase is designed exclusively for the picky Chinese market. Of course, it may just appear in other markets, if demand for it is strong.