Happy New Year to the entire BIMMERPOST community! As we cross over to a new year it’s a fitting time for a recap of the past year. It was an amazing year for BMW, with the company hitting sales records and many new important models making their debuts. 2012 should prove to be as successful, if not more. And we’ll be seeing some new models and facelifts coming. We recap the BMW 2011 year for you inside.
Time flies. Only 2 years after its introduction, BMW is apparently already preparing a facelift (AKA “LCI”) for the popular X1 SAV. As these images show, BMW sticks to their usual facelift approach.
The front bumpers will be reworked significantly for a more sporty and wider appearance, similar to the existing M Sport package. The rear bumpers will follow the same lead with a more ‘diffusor style’ appearance. Head and rear lights will get new graphics (updated rear lights not yet shown in these images).
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Although the BMW X4 has not yet been spotted in any public testing, it’s been confirmed by BMW. AutoBild utilizes some of BMW’s latest styling elements (including the exposed side grilles of the F30 3 series sedan), to produce renders of what they think the upcoming BMW X4 SAV may resemble, as well as the future iterations of the X1 and X5. They even threw in a render of a fantasy X2.
The X4 was recently confirmed, per: http://x3.xbimmers.com/forums/showthread.php?t=588424
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BMW’s new 2.0L 4 cylinder turbo engine (the “N20″) may be down on cylinders and displacement compared to the inline 6 cylinder (N52) that it replaces across BMW’s model range, but even in factory form, it matches the outgoing N52′s horsepowers and features an extra 30 lb-ft of torque (in the X1 xDrive28i, X3 xDrive28i, F20 128i, 528i, Z4 sDrive28i, and upcoming F30 328i).
And what the N20 loses in smoothness and top-end pull compared to the outgoing N52, it now looks like it will easily make … CONTINUED
The BMW X1, the very first and still the only premium vehicle in its segment, continues to extend its pioneering position in the field of fuel efficiency. In the autumn of 2011, the model diversity across the range of the compact all-rounder will be complemented by the BMW X1 sDrive20d EfficientDynamics Edition. This model, which was systematically designed to provide driving pleasure simultaneously combined with reduced fuel consumption and emission levels, is powered by a 120 kW/163 hp four-cylinder diesel engine featuring BMW TwinPower Turbo technology. … CONTINUED
According to Autoweek.com, the BMW X1 SAV’s US market launch has been delayed again – until the end of 2012. The reasons they cite for the delay are the strong demand for the new X3 and because X1 is selling well outside the United States so supplies are tight.
Congrats to our Canadian members as they are now the first North American market to get a crack at the BMW X1 SAV. BMW Canada previously confirmed that the X1 will go on sale in Canada this year, and in case you have not yet seen, the X1 configurator has now been online at BMW Canada’s website for a few weeks.
Currently, the only X1 model available in Canada is the xDrive28i, featuring BMW’s all new twinpower turbo 4-cylinder engine (N20), good for 241hp / 258lb-ft torque. … CONTINUED
Hopefully right now, most of you are asking yourselves, “What is the Brilliance A3?” This is a good thing.
Just to fill in the gaps, Brilliance is one of the larger Chinese automanufacturers. Brilliance produces a panoply of its own branded vehicles but is also partnered with BMW on a few projects. For one, Brilliance is in a long term agreement with BMW to produce high volume 3 and 5-series sedans for the Chinese local market using Brilliance production facilites. In addition to producing standard series 3 … CONTINUED
Reviews of BMW’s Twinpower Turbo 2.0L inline 4-cylinder Motor (N20) are currently limited to drives of the X1 xDrive28i as that is only model being powered by the N20 thus far. The first US model to feature the N20 will be revealed next week at the NY International Autoshow. Motor Trend now shares their first impressions of the x1 xDrive28i and its new turbo 4 cylinder heart.
Audi’s all new Q3 has just been released, which was not unexpected considering Audi has a vehicle in every segment that BMW has one.
The new Q3 is certainly aesthetically pleasing, but when I first saw it, I didn’t have a strong reaction one way or the other. I think that is a function of the fact that like most Audis today, it is fairly similar to every other Audi product, especially the Q5. So while it’s not ugly, it is a bit booring to me.
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Well folks, we’re all done here at the 2011 Geneva auto show and hope you enjoyed the coverage as much as we enjoyed sharing it with our community. Geneva is always an exciting show because of all shows, it’s arguably the largest in the world and always features an unrivaled number of exotics and tuning companies on display. Geneva is also traditionally one of the most important shows for BMW due to its proximity to BMW’s home market and prominence among the auto show circuit events.
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Watch the entire BMW Press Conference from the 2011 Geneva Autoshow below. The the press conference focused on the X1 xDrive28i powered by BMW’s newest motor – the twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder motor (N20), the ActiveE, and the Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Roadster. Here are some related threads on these products:
- X1 xDrive photos from Geneva
- BMW X1 xDrive28i and N20 Engine Reviews and Info
- ActiveE Info
- Vision ConnectedDrive Concept photos from Geneva
- Vision ConnectedDrive Concept Info
The M-sport package for the BMW X1 was announced just last month and it is currently making its world premiere at the Geneva autoshow. Featured on a handsome white xdrive28i powered by the latest BMW N20 motor (twin-scroll turbo 4-cylinder), the M-sport package seen here features:
* Sports Suspension
* Optional 18-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels (17-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels are the standard wheels)
* M aerodynamics package including M door sills and … CONTINUED
The turbo 4-cylinder N20 engine has impressed Autoweek in their first experience with it, in an X1 28i. They felt that it was terrifically refined, always urgent, with particularly strong low-end attributes and impressive flexibility across a wide range of revs. In addition, the N20′s power builds in a smooth, free revving fashion without any hint of turbocharger lag. Overall, they called this newest BMW engine pleasing to drive and highly efficient. Full review inside.
Some weeks ago, we brought you information on BMW’s new turbo inline 4 petrol engine (N20B20) making its debut in the X1 xDrive 28i. Reviews from the first new X1 xDrive 28i press drive event in Slovenia are slowly trickling in this week, so here’s a roundup so far.
In sum, all reviews out so far have nothing but good words for the new engine. The only drawback mentioned coming from the N52 is the engine sound. Other than that, all mags loved the low end torque … CONTINUED
Although the official details and images of the X1 M-sport package were recently announced, we bring you the first fully uncovered production X1 M-sport photos. Save for the unpainted front fender trim, this Lemans Blue X1 looks terrific in its M-sport aerodynamics package.
The X1 M-Sport Package includes:
* Sports Suspension
* 17-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* Optional 18-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* M aerodynamics package including M door sills … CONTINUED
In this video, BMW experiments with sticker designs on the X1 and gauges public sentiment to the somewhat different, but non-radical look. We just like the video because it gives us some nice looks of the X1.
Details on the X3 M-sport and X1 M-sport packages have already been available, but the first virtual configurator has come online – at BMW UK website.
Interested owners can now use the visualizer to preview the X3 M-sport and X1 M-sport in various configurations of exterior colors, interior colors, and wheels.
The UK configurator can be found at http://www.bmw.co.uk/bmwuk/ecom4/fra…-bmwuk,00.html