BMW Australia has confirmed it will be launching the first ever X1 M35i xDrive variant locally, later this year. It comes in as the most powerful petrol X1 ever.
The new X1 is available in fully electric form as the iX1. It’s a powerful little SUV, offering up to 230kW and 494Nm in xDrive30 form. BMW claims 0-100km/h in just 5.6 seconds. However, it seems that model is not the quickest X1 in the range.
Powering the upcoming X1 M35i is a 2.0-litre turbo-petrol four-cylinder engine that produces 233kW and 400Nm. This is a revised version of the 225kW unit seen in the existing M135i xDrive hot hatch – expect similar power upgrades in the upcoming facelift.
BMW says the X1 can sprint from 0-100km/h in just 5.4 seconds, making it the quickest in the local lineup. For now – a more powerful iX1 could be in the works. The M35i also offers a top speed of 250km/h.
Being an M Performance model, the X1 M35i showcases a range of sporty elements and genuine enhancements. In Australia it comes standard with Adaptive M suspension providing different modes, as well as a lowered ride height (by 15mm) compared with the regular X1.
The xDrive all-wheel drive system is also retuned and incorporates a mechanical limited-slip differential, with a seven-speed dual-clutch Steptronic transmission. The locking factor is up to 26 per cent, increasing traction in slippery conditions.
Local buyers will even be offered optional M Compound high-performance brakes from early in 2024, featuring 385mm front and 330mm rear discs, with four-piston front calipers and single-piston floating calipers at the back. M Sport brakes come as standard, however.
Drivers get to play with a new ‘M Sport Boost’ function as well, which promises “rapid bursts” of speed. Activation is done by pulling the left-side shift paddle for more than a second. It tells the on-board computer to switch the powertrain and chassis systems into their sportiest setting.
Visually, the M35i comes with 20-inch M light alloy wheels, as well as an aero kit for the body with bespoke front and rear bumper bars, quad exhaust outlets at the back, and M kidney grilles, M side mirrors, and various M logos throughout.
Inside, passengers are treated to M Sport seats in the front with Vernasca leather trim, as well as Aluminium Hexacube Pale highlights and an anthracite-coloured headliner. The dash incorporates the full BMW Curved Display infotainment system and digital gauge cluster.
The 2024 BMW X1 M35i is scheduled to arrive in Australia at the end of this year. Prices start from $90,900 (excluding on-road costs).