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BMW is expected to have its X1 mini-ute on the road by 2010. Based on the 1-Series, the X1 sets its targets on the popular Toyota Rav4.

The X1 will use its slightly-bigger brother X3's all-wheel drive system and the range of engines from the 1-Series, with four- and six-cylinder gas engines ranging between 145 and 220 hp and diesels producing 135-231 hp. The X1 is expected to offer the full range of electronic driving aids, including stability control, hill decent, dynamic brake force distribution, trailer stability control and dynamic traction control, with the possible options of active steering and dynamic adjustable anti-roll bars (but don't expect an air suspension).

Taking the approach of a tall wagon (as opposed to a genuine off-roader), the X1 is expected to grow 250 mm taller over its hatchback sibling to 1680 mm, with length of around 4350 mm. Target weight is set at 1535kg, 200kg less than the X3 2.0i. Insiders expect three roof options to be offered, including twin conventional sunroofs, a full tinted panoramic glass roof or a targa model with removable panels.

[Source: Car Magazine]



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      • 8 Years Ago
      BMW: Bring diesels to the US.
      • 8 Years Ago
      AFAIK the 1 series will be here next year as an 08 model. And it won't be a hatchback.

      Are 1 series available for rent in europe? I'll be france, spain, and italy next month and if I have to rent a car I want a 130i.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I am surprised BMW in America would even consider such an offering. Anything less than the 3-series (in any make-up) seemed like an undesired effort to enter markets typically left for blue-collar America (a la Chevy, Toyota). I also fail to see the Rav4 competition as its about on par, size-wise, with the X3. Confused. But, I guess this is in line with BMW's other plans, too, in bringing a less-than Z4 convertible as well.
      • 8 Years Ago
      ...and where are the spy shots? I see low-quality renderings.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A lot of collection of BMW and other auto mobile info at
      Pakcar
      • 8 Years Ago
      Show you how far Toyota has come... BMW X1 going up against the RAV4???? :) ha ha. I'll take the RAV4.
      • 8 Years Ago
      A welcome offering, though I wonder what it will do for BMW's upscale image.
      • 8 Years Ago
      I have a BMW X3 and love it, if this makes it to the United States I am getting one.
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brian
      The 130i Over Here is pretty Fast and is Electronically limited at 155Mph which im sure will be a hair raising experience
      • 8 Years Ago
      I looked at getting the X3 about 3 months ago and found it to be pretty small (but a good size for a small SUV). I would have to ask the question, does anyone need an even smaller SUV in a day when the "small" SUV's are getting larger (Rav4, CRV)?

      James
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      • 8 Years Ago
      Target weight is set at 1535kg, 200kg less than the X3 2.0i - i like that
      • 8 Years Ago
      Brand dillution, anyone?
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