The X1 SUV, which will go on sale in the in October, makes its public debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show. The BMW X1 will, in effect, replace the X3 at the base of BMW's SUV range when the second generation of that model arrives in 2010.
Priced from 24,500 euros, the X1 will let buyers have the option to get either the standard rear-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. It's something that has prompted BMW officials to describe it as "more a crossover than an off-roader." The X1 also has an estate car-like styling. Rather than an upright, rugged look of traditional SUVs, the X1 went for a somewhat low and rakish profile that has similarities with BMW's latest design lineage.
Very prominent on the X1 is a large kidney grille attached to a massive front bumper and a deeply etched swage line drawn in the flanks.
The X1 actually came about due to a decision to bring the X3 further upmarket. If you put the two cars side by side, it is observed that they bear about the same size. The X1 is only 116mm shorter, 57mm narrower and 130mm lower than the X3, at 4454mm long, 1798mm wide and 1545mm high.
With regards to the range's diesel counterparts, there are three 2.0-liter, four-cylinder engines with 141bhp, 175bhp and, in twin-turbocharged guise, 201bhp. The lowest of these three powerplants is able to return combined-cycle fuel consumption of 54mpg and have 136g/km of CO2 emissions.
The base petrol and bottom two diesels come with the choice of either rear or four-wheel drive, while the remaining ones are four-wheel drive exclusively. The choice of gearbox can be made between a standard six-speed manual or, depending on the engine sitting up front, an optional six-speed automatic with shift paddles on the face of the steering wheel.