BMW’s Smallest SUV Gets its Most Potent 4-Cylinder

Completely redesigned a year ago, the BMW X1 benefits from a major addition to the lineup for 2024. With the sporty new X1 M35i xDrive, the German automaker offers the most potent iteration of its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder engine.

Producing 312 horsepower and 295 lb-ft. of torque, the upgraded mill delivers an extra 71 horsepower over the entry-level X1 xDrive28i. Peak torque is the same. BMW says 0-100 km/h sprints are achieved in just 5.4 seconds, helped by a seven-speed Steptronic dual-clutch transmission and xDrive intelligent all-wheel drive.

An M Sport Boost function is available for situations in which rapid bursts of speed are required. When the driver pulls and holds the left-hand shift paddle for at least one second, all the powertrain and chassis systems are switched to their sportiest setting. Cool.

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The X1 M35i xDrive also comes standard with an adaptive M suspension and 19-inch M alloy wheels in a Midnight Grey finish. All-new 20-inch M light-alloy wheels on performance tires are optional.

The range-topping model gets exclusive design and equipment features typically reserved for high-performance cars from BMW M. These include the two pairs of 80mm exhaust tailpipes and the optional M Sport Seats with illuminated M logos. Other exterior highlights include large air intakes up front, prominent side skirt extensions, a model-specific roof spoiler and a rear bumper with diffuser inlay.

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Inside, look for an available Alcantara-trimmed instrument panel, a black-coloured headliner, M door sill trim, M pedals and M-specific graphics for the BMW Curved Display. The latter is powered by an updated version of BMW iDrive with QuickSelect and BMW Operating System 9. There’s a newly designed home screen and improved menu structure. Function icons appear in a vertical arrangement on the driver’s side of the screen, which the driver can navigate by swiping up or down.

Of course, like any BMW product, this one comes with a wide variety of packages, options and trim designs for customers who want to personalize their vehicle. M Sport Pro might be the best. It has those M Sport Seats plus Shadowline headlights and red brake calipers.

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Built in Germany (and not in South Carolina like most other BMW SUVs), the 2024 X1 M35i xDrive will go on sale in Canada this October starting at $57,500, which is about $12,000 more expensive than the base X1. It will directly rival the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 4MATIC.

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