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BMW X1 M under consideration

Snapshot: BMW officials have announced a range-topping M version of the second-gen X1 could happen.

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The Bavarian premium marque unveiled the second generation X1 last month and already they are talking about expanding the SAV’s portfolio by adding a fully-fledged M version. They say such a model would make sense in the lineup but a final decision regarding the car has not been taken just yet, most likely because they don’t know whether there would be enough customers to justify the development costs.

If one day there is actually going to be an X1 M, it will obviously pack a lot more punch than the current range-topper, the xDrive25i, which employs a 2.0-liter four-cylinder turbo gasoline engine pushing out 231 bhp and 350 Nm. It’s enough muscle to grant BMW’s smallest SAV with a 0-100 kmph run in six and a half seconds while top speed stands at 235 kmph.

We estimate a hypothetical BMW X1 M would have approximately 300 bhp, but it’s not known at this point which engine would be suitable for the high-powered crossover although a four-cylinder 2.0-liter turbo is probably the best guess. Aside from receiving a more powerful heart, the car will also have bigger brakes, a four-tailpipe exhaust system, sportier & stiffer suspension setup and a more aggressive body.

On a related note, BMW is also thinking about a plug-in hybrid version to join the X5 xDrive40e. If approved, the model will likely combine a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbo gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. A similar arrangement was implemented in a prototype of a hybrid 2-Series Active Tourer where the combustion engine delivered 136 bhp and 220 Nm whereas the electric motor was good enough for an additional 88 bhp and 165 Nm.

As for the regular second generation BMW X1, it will go on sale in Europe  and United States this fall while dealerships in India will probably get it in the first half of 2016. Just like with the outgoing India-spec X1, production of the second generation will take place at the Chennai factory.

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