The 2016 Beijing Auto Show has opened its gates today, with carmakers worldwide launching their stretched models, specifically aimed for the Chinese market.
We are expecting to see the latest China-based editions from Audi, Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen and of course BMW. The latter one BMW, has also brought the X1 Long Wheelbase SUV for an official display.
The BMW X1 Long Wheelbase will be available in China in two versions, the Long Wheelbase xLine and Sport Line, each one coming with a wide choice of features.
As we can depict from the pictures, the X1 Long Wheelbase comes with LED headlights display, automatic tailgate operation and other styling cues shared with its European sibling.
Inside, the cabin is equipped with the latest high-tech gizmos, like head-up display, updated infotainment system, Harman Kardon surround sound system, adding the plethora of safety features.
The BMW X1 LWB looks the same as the standard version, except for the elongated rear doors. This makes it 8 cm longer, 2 cm wider and 4 cm taller than the previous long-wheelbase X1. A stretched platform also indicates more space inside, around 5-18 cm more room for rear passenger knees. The cargo capacity has been also expanded to 675 liters with the rear seats in the normal position, reaching an overall of 1,650 liters with a 40:20:40-split folded rear bench.
Under the hood, the BMW X1 LWB packs three engines, like the three-cylinder 136 HP in the sDrive18Li, four-cylinder 192 HP in the sDrive20Li/xDrive20Li as well as the four-cylinder 231 HP in the xDrive25Li. All engines are hooked to a six-speed Steptronic or eight-speed Steptronic, the latter one available for the larger displacements.