BMW is launching today in Beijing the X1 Long Wheelbase which adds more legroom for rear passengers compared to the regular model.

In the People’s Republic, passengers sitting in the back really like to stretch their legs which is why many car manufacturers, not just premium ones, come out with LWB models. It was only a few hours ago when we talked about the Audi A4 L and the long-wheelbase Mercedes-Benz E-Class and now BMW is joining the LWB party with an elongated X1.

Simply called “X1 Long Wheelbase,” the stretched SAV was developed specifically for China and looks virtually the same as the standard model, with the exception of the elongated rear doors. Compared to the previous long-wheelbase X1, the new version is around 3.1 inches (8 centimeters) longer, 0.7 inches (2 cm) wider, and 1.5 inches (4 cm) taller.

The jump in size has enabled a more spacious interior where there’s 2-7 inches (5-18 cm) more knee room in the back for passengers that can recline the seats fore and aft by 5.1 inches (13 cm). Depending on the position of the rear bench, the X1 Long Wheelbase has a cargo capacity of 465-675 liters which increases to 1,650 liters once the 40:20:40-split rear bench is folded.

Set to be produced at BMW Brilliance’s Tiexi plant in Shenyang, the new X1 Long Wheelbase will be available with three engines, as follows: a 136-hp three-cylinder unit in the sDrive18Li, a 192-hp four-cylinder in the sDrive20Li/xDrive20Li and a beefier 231-hp four-cylinder in the xDrive25Li. The three-banger is hooked up to a six-speed Steptronic gearbox while the larger units come with an eight-speed Steptronic.

Buyers will be able to get the X1 Long Wheelbase in xLine and Sport Line trims and will be able to select from a wide variety of optional equipment. Some relevant examples include a Harman Kardon surround sound system, head-up display, LED headlights, automatic tailgate operation, Dynamic Damper Control, and many others.

The BMW X1 Long Wheelbase debuts today at the Beijing Auto Show and will go on sale in China in the following months.

Source: BMW

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