A recent report showed BMW X1 topping the Audi Q5 as best selling premium SUV in the European market. With the launch of the X1, BMW has opened a new premium small SUV segment. First rivals are scheduled to appear in 2011 when Audi will unveil their Q3 model, followed shortly by Saab and its 9-4x. The other premium automakers, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti, are also expected to launch similar models in the near future.
To capitalize on the success of their entry-level Sports Activity Vehicle, BMW will introduce by the end of this year an M-Sport Package for the X1.
Ahead of its unveiling, spy photographer managed to capture some shots of an X1 test mule carrying the M-Sport Package. The package includes the usual aerodynamic kit and M-elements such as M-front and rear bumpers, M Sport Wheels, M-suspension, M-steering wheel and other M-branded interior components.
The car spotted this time sports the Space Grey color with 18″ M-wheels. An additional multi-spoke 17″ wheel will also be offered.
The M-Sport kit will also be available in time for the US market launch of the X1 next Summer.
In the U.S., BMW is expected to initially launch two models, X1 xDrvei28i and the twin-scroll turbocharged xDrvei35i.[Photo by Secretnewcars]