With all the recent spy photos and talk about the M Sports Activity Vehicles, we forgot about the BMW X1 which will launch in June this year.
Final product testing takes place now, so it is not surprising to see the X1 Urban vehicle at the famous Nurburgring track in Germany.
The BMW X1 represents BMW’s bet with the new direction they are taking: smaller, more efficient vehicles, cheaper to manufacture but still very much an Ultimate Driving Machine. X1 offers a new perspective as a compact premium Sport Activity Vehicle. It is based on the BMW 1 Series platform and the different variants will become the more youth orientated BMW line.
According to surveys and research conducted by BMW, a large percentage of the 1 Series buyers are both new to the BMW Brand and much younger customers than expected.
The BMW X1 will be available with four and six cylinder engines both diesel and petrol, but expect to see the four cylinder turbo petrol in there too.
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline – 170-horsepower
- 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel – 177-horsepower
- 3.0-liter six-cylinder gasoline engine – 265-horsepower
- 3.0-liter six-cylinder diesel – 245-horsepower
Since the BMW X3 will move up in size, the BMW X1 will fit right into this empty slot. BMW has in plan several other variants based on the 1 Series platform, so in the near future, we might see different spin-offs.
Pricing is expected to be set within the 3 Series range, slightly higher than the 1 Series models.
[Source: Worldcarfans ]