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CarAdvice News Desk: The weekly wrap for November 11, 2016

Welcome to the CarAdvice.com News Desk, a regular video wrap of the latest happenings in the automotive world and Australia's new-car market. Keeping you in the loop, Tegan Lawson presents a weekly video from the CarAdvice Garage, with everything you need to know about the week in news and reviews...

BMW X1, Jeep Renegade, Volkswagen Tiguan awarded five-star ANCAP ratings

A trio of new SUV offerings have been awarded the maximum five-star safety rating by the Australasian New Car Assessment Program (ANCAP) - the BMW X1, Jeep Renegade and Volkswagen Tiguan. While all three models achieved good scores in each of the physical crash tests, the two Germans were praised by the firm for their inclusion of active safety systems as standard, including autonomous emergency braking (AEB) as standard...

BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance: China-only PHEV revealed

The BMW X1 xDrive25Le iPerformance plug-in hybrid (PHEV) has been revealed at the Chengdu motor show in China this week. Adding to the company’s growing family of electrically-assisted iPerformance models, which already includes the X5 xDrive40e and 740e, the new X1 variant is capable of consuming fuel at a rate of just 1.8L/100km on the combined cycle...

BMW X1 long-wheelbase variant revealed for China

BMW has unveiled a stretched version of its X1 SUV at this week's Beijing motor show - but apart from the longer rear door and surrounds, you'd be hard pressed to spot the difference. Developed specifically for China, the long wheelbase X1 (badged X1 Li), will be built at a joint-venture factory Tiexi plant in Shenyang by BMW’s Chinese partner, Brilliance...

2017 BMW X1 plug-in hybrid spied testing

Our spy photographers have snapped the BMW X1 plug-in hybrid undergoing cold weather testing in the north of Europe. With a telltale charging port on one of its front fenders, and a "Hybrid Test Vehicle" sticker along its flanks, there's little debate about what this prototype is...

2017 BMW X2 spied testing

The upcoming new 2017 BMW X2 has been spied testing again this week, ahead of a world premiere that could appear around the middle of this year - if not earlier. The so-called X2 was last caught on a sunny day in November last year, with mixed camouflage revealing its overall profile while hiding the finer details at both ends...

2016 BMW X1 pricing and specifications

Front-wheel-drive models in the all-new BMW X1 range will be more expensive than their rear-drive predecessors, but will also be more practical, better equipped and more fuel efficient than before. The 2016 BMW X1 range will start at $49,500 plus on-road costs for the sDrive18d diesel, representing a $3200 hike in the starting price of the German luxury car maker’s compact crossover...

BMW front-wheel drives models: won't negatively affect sales or perception, company claims

BMW believes the move to more front-wheel drive models will not negatively affect the brand’s overall sales or perception. Having launched the front-wheel drive BMW 2 Series Active Tourer in November last year, BMW Australia will in time introduce the new X1, which will see its sDrive variants now driven via the front wheels, rather than the rear wheels, as is the case with the current model...

Interview with Calvin Luk, BMW's Australian designer

Australian designers in charge of global cars are rare to say the least, but one up-and-comer is BMW’s Calvin Luk, who has recently seen his vision come to life in the all-new BMW X1 and updated 1 Series. The Sydney-born 29-year old spent the first 18 years of his life here - he started his studies at the University of Technology in Sydney - before moving to Pasadena in the United States to study car design...

2016 BMW X1 revealed

The covers are off the 2016 BMW X1 – the German brand’s second-generation compact SUV that’s new from the ground up and mechanically overhauled from the 2009 original. The new X1 becomes the BMW Group’s third model based on its new front-/all-wheel-drive and transverse engine-aligned UKL architecture, following the third-gen Mini Cooper city car and the 2 Series Active Tourer MPV, and replacing the rear-/all-wheel-drive and longitudinal layout of the first-gen model...

2016 BMW X1 leaked online

The second-generation BMW X1 has been leaked online just hours ahead of its official debut. This dynamic front-end shot of the new X1 was posted by user Enl on the German Car Forum website. More brochure and press photos have since been published online by WorldCarFans...