BMW usually prioritizes its domestic market when it announces pricing details for a new model but that’s not the case with the X1 M35i. The first-ever M Performance version of the entry-level model gets a price tag in Australia where it retails from $90,900 (AUD). That makes it the most expensive variant of the bunch, commanding a $3,500 premium over the fully electric iX1 xDrive30.
Launching Down Under in the fourth quarter of the year, the high-performance compact crossover is sold locally with the uncorked version of the turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine. It gets the full 312 horsepower like the US-spec X1 M35i whereas in Europe the four-pot loses 16 hp due to stricter emissions regulations. Regardless of where it’s sold, the Mercedes-AMG GLA 35 rival has a peak torque of 295 pound-feet (400 Newton-meters).
For your money’s worth, the X1 M35i boasts a standard adaptive M suspension that lowers the ride height by 15 millimeters. At an additional cost, buyers will be able to order the spicy crossover with M Compound brakes featuring 385mm drilled front discs and 330mm rear discs. However, the upgraded brake system won’t be available to order in Australia until early next year. The same can be said about the optional M Sport seats with the backlit M logo.
Get the M Sport Pro version for an additional $3,000 and the vehicle will be configured with those M Sport Seats, Shadowline headlights, and M-branded seatbelts. Alpine White is the only no-cost color since the other paints will have you dig deeper into your pockets for an additional $1,800: Mineral White, Black Sapphire, Space Silver, M Portimao Blue, and Cape York Green. From the Individual catalog, Storm Bay is $2,500 while Frozen Pure Gray is a steep $5,000. Swap out the standard 872 M wheels for an Individual set (869 style) also measuring 20 inches and you’ll be paying an extra $500.
Joining the M135i xDrive and M235i xDrive in BMW’s compact M Performance lineup, the new X1 M35i also gets standard xDrive working together with a seven-speed, dual-clutch automatic transmission. It needs 5.4 seconds to hit 62 mph (100 km/h) and tops out at 155 mph (250 km/h).