• Sep 30, 2008
Click above for gallery of the BMW Concept X1

If the BMW X3 isn't ugly or space-inefficient enough for you, here's the Concept X1, which is a lightly veiled version of the production soft ute you'll see in BMW dealers shortly. Yeech. We can't fathom how it's going to be that much different than the X3, seeing as BMWs famliy tree among 1 and 3 series vehicles is starting to look as inbred as English Aristocracy, but we're going to go way out on a limb and suggest that it's a little tighter in most dimensions while sharing powertrains. Styling-wise, as long as you ignore anything forward of the A-pillar, you'll be okay. It's largely standard BMW fare, just scaled down. We're not quite sure what happened up front - it's bad. From the visage that's evocative of the 7 series to the oddly shaped wheel arches, it just doesn't come together, and the way the proboscis sticks out when viewing the X1's profile borders on disturbing. The most amazing thing: people will fall all over themselves to buy it. It'll definitely drive like a BMW, a redeeming trait, but we'd much rather see a 135 shooting brake.


[Source: Bimmerpost]


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      • 6 Years Ago
      What I can't figure out is will this or the X3 compete with the EX35?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Wow, early and ugly. What a treat. Maybe they could fit it with a V-12 that only gets 8 miles to the gallon but propels it to sixty in nearly ten seconds.
      • 6 Years Ago
      anybody else notice the striking resemblance to the infinity fx?
      • 6 Years Ago
      Andrew, I can see your point, but you don't address the fact that, in front of the A-pillar, this car looks like a very angry beagle. "Honest effort" is useless if the result looks like this car. I made an honest effort to trim my beard this morning, but I don't look any better.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Entry level for CRV and Rav4 owners....

      Why would anyone move up in price to something smaller than what they have?

      I disagree.

      If I'm going to move up in price for an SUV, then it won't be a BMW 1 series.... plus I would stick to Honda/Toyota products anyway.
        • 6 Years Ago
        You make it sound as if this car is the same size as Fit. This vehicle is the size of a CR-V. Anything smaller and there would be no point in building it. My point was, it's priced lower and slightly decontented than the X3. And it will be what people look toward when they're sick of the CR-V or Rav4. I never said they would move into something necessarily bigger. The point of an entry-level vehicle is to build brand loyalty from there. I see this working for those who can't afford an X3 or don't like the look of the 3-series wagon, but want something more upscale or with more cache' than either CR-V or Rav4 (or even young starter families i.e. active husbands and wives right after college, for example).

        This makes more business sense than the X6, M-built X5/X6, M3 CSL or whatever that weird SAV sedan thing is.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Honey, I shrunk the kids....

      The more it tries to follow Infinity trademark curves the more spectacular failure it is.

      This car says: I'm old and tired.

      Hard core BMW fans only.
        • 6 Years Ago
        i thought i saw something infinity in there... glad it wasn't just me.

        I actually don't mind some aspects of the design *ducks and runs*
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Hard core BMW fans only."

        Not quite. BMW CCA member here, multiple BMW owner, and this ... thing ... is an insult to the brand. The last thing we need is another soft semi-ute. The X3 isn't even selling well so who will buy this thing? Posers. Daddy-bought-my-BMW sorority broads. Yecht.

        Ultimate Driving Machine? Not quite. Not anymore. I'll stay with my old E30s, E36s, and E46s.
      • 6 Years Ago
      You are all a bunch of sheep...

      This is a good looking BMW - did you notice how the character line on the lower door area carries up toward the C pillar. Thats some cool well though design/

      I am all for new design as long as some honest effort was put into it. Yeah it might not always come out right but its better than same ol design by committee crap most other auto companies pump out.
        • 6 Years Ago
        "Honest effort"

        Really? If that's as good as the designers can make this, BMW needs new designers.

        And Porsche was the first automaker I thought of when I read "honest effort", or lack of it
      • 6 Years Ago
      Yuck. Sadly, people will still buy it because it's a BMW.
      By the way, is this based off of the 1 or the 3?
      • 6 Years Ago

      The Ultimate Uglified Machine.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Eww
      • 6 Years Ago
      Can't wait to see the X7...


      Well if they can shrink their X5, I'm pretty sure they also can stretch it, just for the sake of being able to.
      • 6 Years Ago
      wow i like
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