BMW X1 ….testing in snow

BMW X1 | January 19th, 2009 by 3
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BMW X1 shows up in the snow this time. After the official launch back in October at the Paris Auto Show, the X1 took on the famous BMW patterned camouflage and continued the testing process. The X1 was spotted in the snowy Sweeden this time where BMW could put the xDrive to real life testing.

As we mentioned before, the BMW X1 will be manufactured at the Leipzig plant in Germany and it will be released late this year as a 2010 model, but only in Europe for now.

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There will be four models available xDrive20i, xDrive20d, xDrive30i and a hybrid version. The high-end engine is the 3.0L I6 engine with 272HP and a 6-speed automatic gearbox.

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.

The xDrive basis torque-distribution ratio in this car is the regular 40:60 and it has a sitting position a bit higher than in 3er Touring xDrive, but much lower than in X3.

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The interior is a combination of the  basic layout coming from the 1 Series with the steering wheel and the big-screen navigation from the 3 Series models.

EfficientDynamics is printed all over the BMW X1 and technologies such as start-stop system will be added by default.

No pricing information available, but do expect a price somewhere between the 1 Series and the X3.

[Source: GlobalMotors ]