• Apr 28th 2007 at 4:24PM
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We've been trying to avoid reporting on the rampant rumor mongering that seems to take place every month in some of the European buff books. One month you'll have tales of a new rear-engined V-Dub, while on the other end of the newsstand you can read all about the supposed new flagship from Skoda. Don't get us wrong, there are a few mags from across the pond that we devour, but some are the automotive equivalent of the Weekly World News. Autocar can sometimes be more the same.
According to Winding Road, the UK pub reports that BMW is hard at work on a 1-series-based cute 'ute to take on the LR2s of the world, complete with four- or six-cylinder engines – petrol or diesel -- and likely sporting an X1 badge on the boot.

Proof that development is underway comes via a BMW employee that claims to have seen a Honda Element hanging around the R&D facility in Munich. As our friend Paukert points out, that isn't anything to get too excited about, until you understand that Honda doesn't sell that particular vehicle anywhere near Germany. It could be for research purposes or it could be because that particular engineer has a thing for toasters on wheels, regardless, we're sure to hear more as BMW expands into other niches.

[Source: Autocar via Winding Road]

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      • 8 Years Ago
      4227mm is 166.4 inches. That's almost exactly the size of both the second generation Toyota Rav4 (the four-door, not the shorter wheelbase two door, for those in countries that offered them), and also nearly equal to the size of a Jeep Cherokee XJ (1984-2001)
      • 8 Years Ago
      @1: That's what I was thinking too. Unless they plan on making the X1 a better off-roader...
      • 8 Years Ago

      I meant Fit/Yaris class in the sense of a proportional relationship. I couldn't think of an SUV that I thought would compare on a size basis, but yeah, the Tucson is about right. Or somewhere between the Suzuki Vitara and the SX4. Either way, not as much of an LR2 competitor as the X3.
      • 8 Years Ago
      My X1 wishes:
      Small and light weight with a low Cd (not a 2+ ton brick)
      Latest and greatest safety features
      Efficient turbo diesel engine that still does 0-60 under 7.5 seconds
      Smooth ride with nimble handling
      MSRP under $35k
      • 8 Years Ago
      I thought the X3 was the natural competitor to the LR2 (along with the RDX, Infiniti EX, etc.). Wouldn't an X1 be a Fit/Yaris-class CUV?
      • 8 Years Ago
      If only they can get the X3 right. So far it looks like most people aren't impressed.