An all-new BMW X1 is upon us, even though the previous model only went on sale in North America in 2012. While the first-gen had a rather conservative appearance, the new, 2016 X1 looks like a baby X5.
In addition to a much more sportier and handsome exterior design, the German crossover brings to market a roomier interior, more tech features and a more fuel-efficient drivetrain. The interior, for starters, offers occupants more head and legroom than before and features rear seatbacks that can optionally be configured to split, slide and recline 40/20/40. A power-folding feature for the rear seats is also available.
Other interior highlights include a driver-focused cockpit with a large 6.5-inch central display (an 8.8-inch unit is optional) for BMW’s iDrive interface and a standard backup camera (a first for the X1), as well as a head-up display, a series of useful apps and remote services, and a Driver Assistance Plus package of electronic driving aids (parking sensors, lane departure and front collision warning, active cruise control, etc.).
The BMW X1 abandons the old 3-Series platform for the front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 architecture found on the BMW’s 2-Series Active and Grand Tourer minivans and the MINI hatchback, gaining a transverse engine mount instead of a longitudinal setup as a result. Front-wheel drive is standard, while all-wheel-drive is optional.
Speaking of the X1’s engine, the Euro-spec model comes with five:
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol making 192 PS and 280 Nm (207 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol rated at 231 PS and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel unit with 150 PS and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque
- A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with at 190 PS and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft) of torque
In North America, the 2016 X1 will initially be available exclusively in xDrive28i trim equipped with a turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine and an all-wheel-drive system. The engine, which is mated to an eight-speed auto transmission, allows the small crossover to accelerate from 0 to 60 mph (96 km/h) in 6.3 seconds before reaching a top speed of 130 mph (209 km/h).
The new, 2016 BMW X1 made its world debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show and goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2015. It competes directly with the Audi Q3, as well as slightly larger models like the Mercedes-Benz GLK-Class and the Range Rover Evoque Five-door. Would you choose it over any of those premium crossovers?
Five Of The Weirdest Cars Of All Time – Cool And Nutty
It’s merely every automotive aficionados’ dream to know every detail about almost every automobile in existence, yet the vast majority of them cannot name even a handful of the weirdest cars to grace this planet and why they’re considered some of the most unusual contraptions ever made by any mainstream automaker. It’s very peculiar, don’t you think?
We’re here for you: With assistance from Tony of , we have put together five of the weirdest cars of all time — quite literally!
Despite maintaining a fantastic reputation for combining sheer opulence with effortless performance in practically every single model – apart from the Isetta, of course – and especially if you hadn’t seen the Isetta before, it’s fair to say that BMW has disappointed fans with this micro, and albeit somewhat uncanny automobile. For those who were expecting the Isetta to look similar to that of an extraterrestrial spacecraft, you’ll find yourself feeling a little bit disappointed that it looks similar to the classic Fiat 500 — or perhaps not!
BMW gave the Isetta a top speed of only 53 mph, which is hardly surprising given that this oddity of a car was produced in the early 1950s.
4. Citroen 2CV
As a ‘Tin Snail’ first produced in the late 1940s, the quite fortunately holds a place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time! Now, the 2CV is as basic as a car can be — it has seats that look similar to garden deckchairs, and you even have to provide your own radio too! — but that doesn’t minus the fact that Citroen has literally built an empty shell of a car without thinking much of the interior layout, possibly explaining why it’s so inexpensive even by today’s inflation-adjusted currency rates.
More to the point though, you’re probably looking at the 2CV and wondering why the bonnet is so oversized — it almost makes it look like something used in an old-fashioned, black and white themed television show, doesn’t it? But in fact, under its oversized bonnet is a little air-cooled 375cc two-cylinder petrol engine that offers a top speed of 45 mph and a total of 50,000 miles — rather impressive for an older car!
3. 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero
If you were to look at the 1970 Lancia Stratos HF Zero today, you’d probably just assume that something uncanny left it here before returning to their normal life.Bbut in actual fact, this slick sports car is just another peculiar-looking car that every automotive aficionado is eager to talk about!
Here we have it, in its rarest form, the Lancia HF Zero and its custom-built chassis with the Fulvia HF suspension at the rear to complement its racing car features extremely well. This spectacular and mind-blowing performance machine has enough strange sex appeal to earn third place on the list of the five weirdest cars of all time!
2. 2001 BMW GINA Light Visionary Model
Although a relatively modern design that was unveiled in 2001, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Concept is considered to be one of the weirdest cars of all time! Just by looking at the structure, it’s clear that BMW wanted to go full-out bonkers when designing this uncanny car, deciding to go for more of a bizarre and creased-looking look that doesn’t really sit well with everyone.
Being a sports car concept, the BMW Gina Light Visionary Model was designed solely for the purpose of satisfying those sports-orientated individuals who enjoy experimenting with unusual and absurd looking cars from renowned automobile brands.
1. 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo
If not for its conventional sports car interior structure and comfortable seats, the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo would utterly look like some sort of extraterrestrial spacecraft, wouldn’t it? But watching it racing towards the finish line on solid ground just makes it one of the world’s weirdest cars of all time, even though it’s actually quite normal to some people.
Of course, if you were to sit behind the wheel of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo, or even in the passenger seat, you’ll probably feel as though you’re about to ascend into the outer space! Rest assured that ascending into space is quite unlikely for anything with a steering wheel and a little engine– or anything that looks as though it should be on a race track heading towards the finish line! So, when you find yourself somewhat confused and can’t seem to name one of the world’s most peculiar cars, just think of the 1970 Ferrari 512S Modulo — the by a wide margin.
Top Five Compact Executive Cars You Should Consider
The battle among the world’s premium car brands is as fierce as ever, with plenty of capable cars to choose from. Although , compact executive sedans remain the go-to models for buyers making their first foray into owning a luxury car.
Yes, such cars command a premium price, but know that you’re getting the finest balance of performance, luxury and technology. Without further adieu, here our pick of the top 5 compact executive sedans you should consider.
As far as luxurious elements and elegant appearance are concerned, it’s very evident that Mercedes-Benz has exceeded all expectations with the C-Class sedan, explaining why you see the model everywhere. The C-Class is made for those who appreciate cars with, well, class and don’t mind paying a bit extra for it. The dashboard has a simple yet elegant layout and is arguably much easier to manage than many other executive cars. The Mercedes-Benz C-Classis available at .
Not only is the latest Audi A4 considered one of the best executive sedans on the market, but it is also well-suited for sports-oriented drivers. The car glides through the narrowest and sharpest roads with little trouble, and there really isn’t much more you could ask for from a premium, executive fastback. For something more sleek in appearance, have a look at the Audi A5.
As the new kid on the block, the Jaguar XE has quickly risen to the top of its class in terms of performance. It’s not unusual for drivers to invest in Jaguar models based only appearance and the brand’s reputation — the XE is an attractive saloon inside and out — but they will be taken aback by its class-leading handling and abundant power.
BMW 3 Series
Essentially the face of the premium compact sedan segment, the 3 Series offers adjustable features that enable drivers to make the most of their ride, whether looking for a quiet and smooth experience, or a drive puts a smile on your face. Despite the cost of the BMW 3 Series, its power, ride and exceptional feature balance makes ir a model worth paying for!
Often forgotten in the midst of the big-name contenders, the Infiniti Q50 is Nissan’s successful upmarket brand taking on Europe’s finest. Its high-quality interior, gadget-packed cockpit and roomier cabin are just three reasons why it’s non-obvious choice for those looking for a compact premium sedan.
BMW M3 CS Is The Ultimate 3 Series, Packs 453HP
Joining the limited-edition BMW M4 CS, the first ever BMW M3 CS amplifies the performance of the with more power and a lighter weight.
The performance-tuned German sports sedan is built around an evolution of the standard M3’s twin-turbocharged 3.0-liter straight-six engine, which has been tuned to produce 453 horsepower and 443 pound-feet of torque compared to the stock 425 HP and 406 lb-ft. The engine breathes through an M-made sports exhaust system, and all that power is sent to the rear wheels by an eight-speed automatic transmission.
The powertrain allows the M3 CS to sprint to 60 mph (96 km/h) from a stop in 3.7 seconds, making it 0.2 seconds faster than the regular M3. Top speed is capped at 174 mph (280 km/h).
Like the M4, the M3 CS benefits from a long list of carbon fiber add-ons — the hood, roof panel, rear spoiler, and diffuser integrated into the rear bumper are all made from the lightweight material — that make it 110 pounds (50 kg) lighter than its lesser sibling while lowering its center of gravity.
The weight saving measures extend to the interior, where BMW’s engineers added lightweight sport seats. It’s not a stripped-out track car, however, maintaining all five seats and convenience features like automatic climate control and a Harman Kardon surround sound system.
The interior also boasts an M sports steering wheel and more Alcantara trim.
Orders for the BMW M3 CS in May 2018. You have to act fast if you want one, because production is limited to 1,200 units worldwide, and only 550 is allocated to America. Pricing will be announced at a later date.