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BMW X1 going around the ‘Ring

Spy Photos | April 2nd, 2009 by 6
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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 …

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.

BMW X1 going around the Ring

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.

BMW X1 going around the Ring

Pricing is expected to be set within the 3 Series range, slightly higher than the 1 Series models.

[Source: Worldcarfans ]

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  • Lance

    If that is what it is going to look like, then it is one ugly car. What is wrong with BMW? Look at the side view proportion at the front connecting to the windscreen! and compare that to the bulky rear with tiny wheels. It is just unattractive! As for the front view, well, it is far from being attractive, especially with the extensive use of cheap black plastic – jus what I complained about a few weeks ago with the pre-facelift X3. The grille is also not good at all – it just doesn’t flow into the deisgn. I hope that this is a fake bumper!

    Like I said before, BMW likes to bring out cheaper looking versions of their cars – like cars with black body parts etc. and it is just damaging their own cars’ image….This is a huge disappointment!

  • http://slotcarssets.com/ Lance

    If that is what it is going to look like, then it is one ugly car. What is wrong with BMW? Look at the side view proportion at the front connecting to the windscreen! and compare that to the bulky rear with tiny wheels. It is just unattractive! As for the front view, well, it is far from being attractive, especially with the extensive use of cheap black plastic – jus what I complained about a few weeks ago with the pre-facelift X3. The grille is also not good at all – it just doesn’t flow into the deisgn. I hope that this is a fake bumper!

    Like I said before, BMW likes to bring out cheaper looking versions of their cars – like cars with black body parts etc. and it is just damaging their own cars’ image….This is a huge disappointment!
    PS: Wanted to mention great post!

  • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

    @Lance: I think it sits a bit lower in these photos than it really is. No one says it will be their best car, but I’m assuming the other markets need a car like this, less expensive for less demanding customers.

    I believe that’s the reason it’s not coming to the U.S and nor it should. They have the market pretty well covered here.

    Now a CS Concept would be nice :)

  • Lance

    @Horatiu B.: I understand that this is not going to be BMW’s best car. But at least put in the best effort to make it the best that BMW can make in this segment, including the looks part – putting on huge plastic bumpers that’s black without a coat of body colour is just down right cheap, not even the Toyota’s or Tata’s would do that!

    And if they have the excuse of this being an offroad vehicle, well, even the Land Rovers (true off roaders) have all their parts colour coded. What’s the cost like to BMW to spray these parts together with the rest of the car during production? Absolutely minimal! But yet, they want to bring out ugly versions of their cars so that the public can stick the ugly version’s image to their minds.

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      @Lance, true, it’s not the best looking car, I agree. But I wonder if they had to sacrifice something in order to build the car…

      Now keep in mind that many people buy bimmers because of the driving experience, not necessarily looks.

      And NO, I won’t buy an X1

  • BMW fan

    Hopefully this is just a car that will boost sales in a cost effective way and it either has a good replacement or none at all.

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