Yes, we know you’re tired of seeing more BMW X1 photos, but fortunately, we are very close to the unveiling date. While the official presentation is scheduled for June 23rd at the Leipzig plant in Germany, we expect the official marketing photos to hit our inbox prior to that.
In the mean time, the spy photographers are doing a great job capturing more and more prototypes that are currently being tested. These photos seem to be similar to the ones posted just last week where a silver painted X1 was spotted carrying very little camouflage.
We don’t even know if we should repeat ourselves, by now you might know everything there is to know about the X1, but since many of our readers are here for the first time, we’ll go ahead and recap some of the most important details.
Due to launch in Europe first, the BMW X1 will appeal itself to the more youth orientated BMW fans. Research has shown that a greater percent of 1 Series buyers are new to the BMW Brand and also much younger than expected. The BMW X1 will fit into this product line as a more compact SAV aimed at a younger demographic.
Initially, the X1 will launch with the following powerplants:
- BMW X1 xDrive20d – 177 horsepower – 8.4 seconds 0-60 mph – Max Speed 132 mph (213 km/h) – 40.5 mph (5.8 liters / 100 km)
- BMW X1 xDrive23d – 204 horsepower – 7,3 seconds 0-60 mph – Max Speed 138 mph (223 km/h) – 37 mpg (6,3 Liter / 100 km)
The BMW X1 will be available in four wheel drive, but also as a rear wheel drive. With the initial launch in the European market only, the four-wheel drive will be the only option offered.
Pricing is rumored to be set very close to the current X3 model, but less than the next generation X3 due in 2010.
While the consumers’ opinion of the BMW X1 is not very positive, BMW feels confident that the X1 has its place in their new strategy and line-up.