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.