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BMW has added two-wheel-drive models to its new X1 line-up.

Badged as sDrive, for the first time in a BMW SUV the driven wheels are the fronts only. The X1 sDrive is available in two variants, the diesel-powered 18d and the petrol-fuelled 20i. Each is a 2.0-litre turbo with lower outputs than the same engines used in the all-wheel drive models (xDrive 20d and xDrive 25i). Equipment levels are on par with the xDrives but prices for the lesser powered front-drivers undercut them by about $7000.