BMW has recently developed the first Sports Activity Vehicle in their premium compact section. The baby X1 has been nurtured with touch of agility and plenty of resourcefulness.
By developing the five-door compact car, BMW is catering for the demands of a more modern target group who are concerned with both the challenges of an active urban lifestyle and everyday traffic. Its body is understandably smaller than the X6, the X5, and the X3. Measuring 4,457 mm in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108 mm shorter than the BMW X3. Even though the cargo hold is relatively small it can be modified by folding rear seats.
The X1’s silhouette is for the most part smooth, giving it a very sporting and agile look. And at the same time the raked tailgate creates a coupé-like appearance.
You cannot talk about the X1 without mentioning the paintwork. It emphasises the innovative, modern and sophisticated character of the vehicle. The new Meridian Gold Metallic paintwork colour accentuates the youthful and dynamic look of the Concept Car.
There will be no M version, but the X1 is still not slow: according to BMW, 100 km/h comes in 6.7 seconds and top speed is limited to 240 km/h. Even though the X1 is based on the current 3 series platform, it is said to be a lot cheaper. The X1 mixes SUV virtues-elevated seating position and extra ground clearance-with wagon assets such as car-like fuel economy and inspired handling. The X1 will be made available in rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive powered by both gasoline and diesel options.
It has already been compared with the VW Tiguan. According to BMW “U.S. market demands, fuel prices, and regulatory standards” are factors that inspired the design and engineering of the small X model. The baby X1 isn’t presumed to go on sale until 2011 or at least 2012.
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