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Video: BMW X1 at the Arctic Circle

BMW has released an "official" spy video for the upcoming X1. So while we know anything we see in the video is genuine; we also know the we only get to see what BMW wants us to see. Either way, its still fun to watch the little SUV have some fun in the snow, and the engine noises are great.

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BMW X1 will get RWD

BMW X1 will get RWD

BMW previewed at the Paris Auto Show the future X1 with the Concept version of the SUV. The concept is a four-wheel drive model and that makes sense because all current BMW SUVs are four-wheel drive only. But now BMW announced that the production X1, set to be revealed in 2010, will be offered in both four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations.

The decision has been made because the company believes that weight savings and efficiency gains will persuade buyers to accept a rear-drive only version of the X1. The company is expected to offer the rear-drive X1 with four-cylinder 2.0-liter gas and diesel engines.

To differentiate it from the four-wheel drive X1, BMW is planning to introduce a new ‘sDrive’ badge. This will lead to a complicated naming structure, with model names like the BMW X1 18isDrive.

Larger-engined versions of the X1 will have four-wheel drive as standard, and will wear the same xDrive badge as the X5 and X6.

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BMW X1 - official video

BMW X1 - official video

BMW revealed first official full video of the 2009 X1 Concept that made its world debut at the Paris Auto Show.

The X1’s design features typical of the brand additionally emphasise the unmistakable look and impact of the vehicle, the upright BMW kidney grille, dual round headlights cut off at the top, the large, almost square wheel cutouts, the black band stretching around the lower section of the vehicle, the distinctive contour line along the side and the horizontal lines at the rear again clearly confirming that this concept car is a genuine X model from BMW.




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2009 BMW X1

2009 BMW X1

BMW officially unveiled today the X1 Concept -the world’s first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment - that is set to be revealed at the Paris Auto Show.

Measuring 4,457 millimetres or 175.5" in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108 millimetres or almost 4.3" shorter than the BMW X3. The wheelbase of the BMW Concept X1, in turn, measures 2,760 mm or 104.4".

Design features typical of the brand additionally emphasise the unmistakable look and impact of the vehicle, the upright BMW kidney grille, dual round headlights cut off at the top, the large, almost square wheel cutouts, the black band stretching around the lower section of the vehicle, the distinctive contour line along the side and the horizontal lines at the rear again clearly confirming that this concept car is a genuine X model from BMW.

The BMW Concept X1 comes on 19-inch light-alloy rims in high-quality innovative ten-spoke design again characteristic of BMW’s X models. The newly designed, twin-colour wheels add a special touch of urban sportiness and agility in particularly elegant style. The narrow spokes on the rims, in turn, are twisted slightly to the outside, while the rim bars are cut off at the front, proudly presenting the bright silver colour of polished aluminium.

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BMW X1 - first official images

BMW X1 - first official images

The BMW X1 Concept will make its official debut at the Paris Auto Show, but the embargo has been broken and the first official images surfaced on the internet. At this point it, this is exactly what we expected from the spy shots and renderings we have been going through. Much of the shape suggests we are looking at a almost production ready version of the X1.

The X1 will be placed under the X3 and its main competitors will be Volkswagen Tiguan and Toyota RAV-4. Technical details has not been released yet, so stay tuned, they should be out soon.

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BMW X1 official teaser

BMW X1 official teaser

BMW will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the X1 Concept, which should be almost production-ready version of the 1-Series based SUV. Until official debut in Paris here’s an official teaser of the concept. It’s not much to go on for right now, but stay tuned, Paris is only two days away!

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BMW X1 rendering

BMW X1 rendering

Yesterday we showed you BMW’s teaser video for the X1, but that really didn’t reveal much. Now here’s a little more detail courtesy of a rendering from AutoBild. The X1 will go into production in the fall of 2009 and will compete with SUVs like the Volkswagen Tiguan.

In America we will see the 2.5 liter version delivering 218 hp. Europe on the other hand will also get the X1 30i with 265 hp and the 30d, whose engine delivers 245 hp.

More details on the future small SUV from BMW will likely be available after the concept is officially shown at the Paris Auto Show in October.

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BMW X1 concept teaser video

BMW X1 concept teaser video

BMW will unveil at the Paris Auto Show the X1 Concept, which should be almost production-ready version of the 1-Series based SUV. It seems BMW wants to get a little extra publicity before the show by offering this little teaser video.

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BMW X1 - il trailer
by Paolo Alberto Fina

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BMW X1 - more informations

BMW X1 - more informations

At the beginning of this month we reported that BMW will unveil a concept version of the future X1 in autumn at the Paris Motor Show. Today we bring you a few more details about the future small SUV.

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.

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BMW X1 and Mini SUV Concepts to be revealed in Paris

BMW X1 and Mini SUV Concepts to be revealed in Paris

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.

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BMW confirms production of X1 SUV in Germany

BMW confirms production of X1 SUV in Germany

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.

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2010 BMW X1

2010 BMW X1

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.

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