For those that can’t afford something larger and more expensive, BMW plans to launch an
M version of its smallest SUV the X1 later this year.

It will be known as the BMW X1 M35i xDrive, joining the highly regarded M135i xDrive,
M235i xDrive and M240i xDrive.

But remember, this isn’t a full M model like the BMW M3 or M5 – but a mid-range offering.

The four-cylinder power turbocharged engine will produce 233Kw of power and 400Nm of
torque from 2000-4500 rpm, and will be able to dispatch the dash to 100km/h in 5.4
seconds, with a top speed limited to 250km/h.

Various innovations set this engine apart from the preceding generation, including the
adoption of the Miller cycle, redesigned intake ports and combustion chambers, and
changes to the camshaft timing, injection, ignition system and exhaust gas routing.

The engine is mated with a seven-speed dual clutch transmission with M Sport Boost.
While it’s not going to set the world on fire, it’s nothing to be sneezed at.

M-specific chassis technology, including the option of M Compound brakes for the first
time on a performance model, teams with BMW xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive to deliver
elevated performance characteristics.

Ride height has been lowered 15mm and adaptive M suspension and sport steering are
standard, along with 20-inch M light alloys.

The new range-topper comes with exclusive design and equipment features originally
reserved for high-performance cars.

These include two pairs of exhaust tailpipes and optional one-piece M Sport buckets with
illuminated M logo.

X1 M35i will also be among the first BMW models to feature the new BMW iDrive with
QuickSelect and BMW Operating System 9.

The market launch of the new BMW X1 M35i xDrive is slated for the fourth quarter of this
year, with deliveries in Australia to commence at the end of the year.

No word on the price yet.

About Chris Riley

Chris Riley has been a journalist for 40 years. He has spent half of his career as a writer, editor and production editor in newspapers, the rest of the time driving and writing about cars both in print and online. His love affair with cars began as a teenager with the purchase of an old VW Beetle, followed by another Beetle and a string of other cars on which he has wasted too much time and money. A self-confessed geek, he’s not afraid to ask the hard questions - at the risk of sounding silly.
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