The X1 was lunched in 2010 and is available in a 2-litre diesel and petrol engine. there is no 4WD option and this Sports Activity Vehicle (SAV) Is the cheapest BMW in the country. Its competitors are
the Honda CR-V, Chevrolet Captiva and the Mitsubishi Outlander.
It will be offered in both FWD and RWD versions. Under the hood there will be a range of four and six cylinder engines, in both diesel and petrol, but a four cylinder turbo petrol is also a possibility.
The X1 will first be offered on the European market an will be priced bellow the X3.
BMW will unveil two concept cars at the Paris Motor Show in October: the X1 SUV and a a near-to-production version of the Mini SUV . The X1 goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2009. The Mini SUV will go on sale in the second quarter of 2010.
BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer announced last September that both models would go into production. The X1 is based on the 1-series entry premium sedan and will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in eastern Germany. The Mini SUV will be outsourced to Austrian contract manufacturer Magna Steyr.
Both models will use engines existing in the 1 series and Mini models.
"The X1 will use the two highest spec gasoline and the two highest spec diesel engines from the 1 series. The Mini will use the engines from the Cooper S and the Cooper D," a source said.
BMW announced today that the futureX1 SUV will be built at its Leipzig plant in Germany, which now assembles up to 700 cars a day. "The exact time point of production start and the market launch of the X1 will be revealed at a later date," the company said in a statement.
The next generation X3 will therefore be built in Spartanburg, along with the larger X5 and X6 premium SUVs, instead of at Magna’s contract carmaking unit, where it is currently still being produced.
BMW also announced it plans to invest more than 100 million euros ($155 million) in the Leipzig plant, where it assembles the 3 Series lower-premium sedan and the 3-door, cabriolet and coupe versions of the 1 Series entry premium sedan.
This makes about every eighth BMW brand vehicle a product of the Leipzig plant. The investment will mainly be used for a brand new stamping line expected to go online at the end of 2009.
BMW is currently working on a small SUV that will mix a 1-series footprint with the X3’s four-wheel drive. The new model will be a direct competitor for the Volkswagen Tiguan, Mercedes GLK and Audi Q3. The compact SUV is planned for 2010. BMW has big hopes that the X1 will be a real success on the market, something in the style of the Toyota RAV4. The small SUV will be priced around $40.000.