After just over two years on the U.S. market, the BMW X1 has been redesigned and a slighter, larger version of this versatile compact crossover SUV will debut this fall as a 2016 model. With the introduction of a new X1, the rear-drive 4-cylinder sDrive28i and more powerful 300-horsepower 6-cylinder xDrive35i will be dropped from the lineup in favor of just one model, the 2.0-liter turbocharged xDrive28i.

The new 2016 BMW X1 will be slightly less powerful, producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque, down slightly from the previous model's 240 horsepower and 260 lb-ft of torque. The 8-speed Aisin automatic transmission carries over. BMW says the X1 is good for 0-60 mph acceleration of 6.3 seconds and has a top speed of 130 mph.

Larger package

The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i stands a full inch and a half taller than the previous iteration. This results in the front seat passengers sitting about an inch higher than the previous model, while the rear seats are mounted 2.5 inches higher. This allows for better visibility for both front and rear occupants.

There's also more rear legroom, a gain of 1.5 inches on the base model and up to 2.6 inches more on models equipped with an adjustable second row. That rear bench features a 40/20/40 triple split. Power front buckets are now standard on all BMW X1s.

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Redesigned in an out

In addition to a bolder exterior look that features a larger split kidney design and more upright appearance thanks to the taller package, the interior features trim upgrades and a choice of either a standard 6.5-inch center console screen or a larger 8.8-inch display. In addition to the standard 7-speaker audio system, buyers can opt for a 360 watt 12-speaker Harmon-Kardon sound system.

Riding on a 105.1-inch wheelbase with an overall length of 175.4 inches, the 2016 BMW X1 still retains fairly compact dimensions making it easy to maneuver in tight spaces. The vehicle rides on 18-inch wheels, has a fully-independent suspension and BMW promises road manners consistent with its sporty image. The 2016 BMW X1 xDrive28i is slated to go on sale in the U.S. this fall. While pricing hasn't been announced, expect it to be in the neighborhood of the current model, which retails at $33,695.

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