BMW to built X1-crossover and new supercars
After Norbert Reithofer, BMW’s boss, confirmed last week that the new X6 crossover would be built in American, he spoke about a new crossover in an interview with AutoZeitung. The X1, a 1 Series based crossover is still in the proposal stage but it’s expected to be on the roads by 2010.
The car will be built in the Magna-Steyr factory near Graz, in around 100,000 numbers and will use the X-drive 4WD system from the current X3. The powertrains and electronics are coming from the 1-series to speed up development. SO we have to expect four cylinder and six cylinder gas engines ranging from 145 to 220 hp.
He mentioned that BMW needs to be working on debuting more high-end models like the older Z8 Roadster and M1 supercar. “These are the type of products we need in the future”
We talk about a future supercar called Z10 before, so this came to confirm our suspicions.
Direct injection and hybrid technology will be available soon across most of its model range. So Reithofer says BMW is well positioned to meet the targets and would not require any change to its future lineup, in the case of implementing emissions laws that the European Council is proposing.