Muscular side skirts contribute to the enhanced styling over the normal next-gen X1 family. If anyone had any doubt in regards to this not being the sporty model, then all they have to do is look at the back end, as it has four exhaust pipes. New wheels, special color options, beefier brakes, and dedicated suspension setup will be other key things that will set it apart from the regular variants.
Inside, the latest intel suggests that it will boast a curved central screen, similar to the one equipping the iX. The dashboard panel will have a single air vent in the middle, and the steering wheel will have a three-spoke design. More exclusive upholstery and trim, as well as front seats with extra side bolstering, might round off the changes here.
In terms of power, the X1 M35i xDrive, if that is indeed its real name, is expected to get the same engine as the M135i and M235i Gran Coupe. The turbocharged 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission and front-biased all-wheel drive, makes 302 hp and 332 lb-ft (450 Nm) of torque in the low-riding models. In all likelihood, the mill will be equally powerful in the crossover, though some believe that it might launch with over 350 hp.