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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.

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