• Aug 20th 2006 at 8:05AM
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Germany's own Autobild magazine printed the above rendering of what may be BMW's attempt at crashing the ever-competitive small SUV segment. Although Toyota and Honda have been the biggest players over the past several years, Volkswagen obviously saw a niche that needed to be filled with the upcoming Tiguan and it seems that BMW may follow suit with their own luxury SAV.

Predictably named the X1, the new soft-roader will stretch an estimated 170 inches, which compared to its larger sibling the X3, comes in about 10 inches shorter overall. Engine choices are open to speculation, but the smart money is on one of BMW's 3-liter inline sixes, with the possibility of upgrading to their new, turbocharged mill, found in the new 335i.

Whether a business case can be made for the new 'ute is a decision best left to the bean counters at BMW. We just hope that if the X1 finds its way into production, it can compete with the stalwarts of the genre.

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      • 9 Years Ago
      Nothing like a bit of black mascara (sp?) and black lip stick to look GOTH!!!!!

      Looks awful!!!

      And to #1 & #4.... Don't wait for an over priced rear drive hatch. Not only is it ugly, it's over rated too!
      • 9 Years Ago
      BMW should get back to the basics! And start making some attractive cars again. 'Cause their products have looked a mess! They need to leave the mini SUVs to Honda, Toyota, Hyndai, and VW.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Bring the BMW 1 to Canada then do what you want with your weird SUV to me it lookd hideous
      • 9 Years Ago
      i dont care about an X1, im still waiting for the 1-series in the US... cmon BMW
      • 9 Years Ago
      The X1? Will it be first SUV to beat the speed of sound? Is Chuck Yeager going to buy it? I wonder...
      • 9 Years Ago
      Enough with the SUV's already!!!

      Bring the 1-series over BMW, and bring the diesels too!
      • 9 Years Ago
      As long as they don't offer a diesel option, the Tiguan will still be my only choice.
      • 9 Years Ago
      The X3 is already in this class. Why produce even a smaller one? I would like to see BMW drop all SUV's and get back into offering real cars only.
      • 9 Years Ago
      Those BMW's are so ugly. All cars are the worst in design I have seen so far. I would never spent a penny on such crappy cars. 

      Oh BTW did BMW every build real cars? Well to be honest the BMW 507 and the Coupé 3.0 CSI are nice cars, but that is the past and the future is ugly since they introduced the BMW 7 series.

      • 9 Years Ago
      Tom "Oh BTW did BMW every build real cars? "

      Dumbest question I have heard in a long time. Regardless of what you say about the current styling, BMW cars have been usiversally praised by most folks who are qualified to make the opinions (I imagine you are not part of that group). What constitutes a "real" car?

      Maybe I am misunderstaing the post, as it is written in broken English.
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