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SMALL is the new big and BMW has grasped the op­por­tu­nity to in­tro­duce an ad­di­tional model to its X range of Sports Util­ity Ve­hi­cles. It’s a pre­mium com­pact model called the X1 and as the name sug­gests, comes in un­der the ex­ist­ing X3 in terms of size while of­fer­ing ev­ery­thing you’d ex­pect from BMW.

About the same size as a RAV4, the X1 will be here early next year tar­get­ing a sig­nif­i­cantly younger ur­ban cus­tomer than the cur­rent fleet. It of­fers sporty driv­ing dy­nam­ics and im­pres­sive fuel ef­fi­ciency.

X1 will join more than 30,000 BMW X mod­els al­ready on Aus­tralian roads. De­pend­ing on the model vari­ant, driv­ers will ben­e­fit from pow­er­ful, eco­nom­i­cal and low-emis­sion petrol and diesel en­gines, BMWs in­tel­li­gent xDrive all-wheel-drive tech­nol­ogy, as well as a wide range of BMW Ef­fi­cien­tDy­nam­ics fea­tures in­clud­ing Brake En­ergy Re­gen­er­a­tion, Auto Start Stop and a gearshift point in­di­ca­tor.

The BMW X1 will be of­fered in Europe with a choice of one six­cylin­der petrol en­gine and three four-cylin­der diesels.

The Euro­pean range will kick off with the sDrive18d with rear-wheel drive with an av­er­age fuel con­sump­tion fig­ure of 5.2 litres/100km. It is the first ve­hi­cle of its kind to emit less than 140g of CO2/km.

At the other end of the spec­trum is the X1 xDrive28i, a straight-six petrol en­gine de­vel­op­ing 190 kW, with a sprint to 100km/h in 6.8sec. The X1 will be built at BMW Plant Leipzig in Ger­many. It is ex­pected to ar­rive in Aus­tralia in the first quar­ter of 2010.

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