BMW won’t set prices for the X1 until much closer to the launch date, but indications are the entry-level two-litre diesel will be below the luxury-tax threshold, in the low $50,000s.
Heading the all-diesel engine choices will be a 150kW/400Nm twin-turbo four-cylinder with variable-vane technology. This powerplant is the first all-aluminium diesel to exceed the magic 100bhp (74kW) a litre mark.
Final specification levels are still being determined for Australia, but BMW probably will be anxious to squeeze as many of its EfficientDynamics fuel-saving technologies as possible into the X1.
That means Australian models may benefit from technology such as brake-energy regeneration, an automatic stop-start facility and a gearshift-point indicator.
In Europe, the X1 will come with a choice of four engines: an in-line petrol six and a trio of four-cylinder diesels.
The star of the European range will be the rear-wheel-drive sDrive 1.8d, which uses 5.2 litres/100km and a CO2 rating of only 136g.
It’s the first vehicle in the segment to emit fewer than 140g of CO2 a kilometre.
Engineering features include a doublejointed aluminium tie bar at the front and a five-link rear axle in lightweight steel; highprecision power steering; high-performance brakes and dynamic stability control.
Standard safety features include three-point, inertia-reel seatbelts all round, front, side and head airbags, adaptive brake daytime driving lights.
The interior has a wide range of open storage boxes, trays and cupholders on the centre console, and generous closed storage areas in the dash.
The three full-sized seats in the rear have angle-adjustable backrests and a 40/20/40 split-fold. Luggage capacity ranges from 420 litres with seats in place to a useful 1350 litres when folded.
The X1 will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany.