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Compact crossovers are growing in popularity, so why shouldn’t high-performance variants be part of the craze? |
BMW isn’t dismissing the idea of an X1 M model for the crossover’s next generation, targetting the likes of the Audi RS Q3 and the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG. The all-new X1 is expected to launch next year and will be based on the company’s front-wheel drive architecture that underpins the 2 Series Active Tourer.
In a recent interview, BMW M’s sales boss, Jörg Bartels, said that “all BMWs are eligible for an M model,” and that the German automaker is keeping a close eye to see how successful Audi and Mercedes are within the segment. Both the X5 and X6 have M variants that have been considered successful in the marketplace.
Currently, the BMW X1 xDrive28i is powered by a 2.0-liter turbo four-cylinder engine with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque while the X1 xDrive35i features the 3.0-liter inline-six with 300 hp and 300 lb-ft of torque. The Audi RS Q3, which is available in Europe, is powered by a five-cylinder engine with 310 hp and 310 lb-ft of torque and the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG features the most powerful production four-cylinder engine with 355 hp and 332 lb-ft of torque.
If an X1 M is to become a reality, expect its performance to best even the GLA 45 AMG to go along with more aggressive styling, better handling and braking performance.
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