• Oct 1, 2008
Click above for high-res gallery of the BMW Concept X1

After last night's impromptu unveiling of the BMW Concept X1 set off Dan's gag reflex, the Munich-based automaker has released the first batch of official info and images of its premium compact CUV. Most of us here at Autoblog echo Dan's sentiment that the Concept X1 is an ugly duckling, with very odd proportions for such a small CUV. The front end wears the new swollen nose first seen on the new 7 Series, while squared off wheel surrounds and lots of pinched surfacing reminds us of what we didn't like about the Bangle-era of BMW design. We also think BMW's X line of SUVs and CUVs is getting a little crowded with the X5 and X3 recently joined by the X6 and soon a production version of the X1. We have to see them side by side, but the Concept X1 and current X3 look too close for comfort in size and purpose. Check out the official press release from BMW after the jump where the brand tries to explain the design details of the Concept X1, as well as the new, high-res gallery below and a new video after the jump. We'll have live shots of the Concept X1 from the floor of the Paris Motor Show tomorrow, and we hope more details on the concept's mechanicals.


[Source: BMW]



PRESS RELEASE

THE FIRST SPORTS ACTIVITY VEHICLE IN THE PREMIUM COMPACT SEGMENT: THE BMW CONCEPT X1

• World debut of a concept BMW X model in the premium compact segment.
• BMW, the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, is consistently expanding the range of BMW X models.
• Authentic transition of the features and design language typical of a BMW X model into a new class of vehicles. A concept study offering a clear expression of modern style, agility, versatility and premium quality through its design alone.
• As an innovative vehicle concept in the premium compact segment, the BMW Concept X1 sets the standard for cool elegance, modern style, and variable function.
• The BMW Concept X1 offers ample room for spontaneous mobility in many different ways, clearly reflecting the lifestyle of a modern and active target group. Numerous details on the Concept Car provide a clear hint as to the actual production of an appropriate series model within one year.
Exterior design:
• Typical features of a BMW X model combined with elegant, sleek proportions. This alone gives the BMW Concept X1 unique character within the range of BMW X models as a whole.
• The striking frontal view clearly expresses the robust and powerful character of the car by emphasising its sheer width. A floor protection element finished in a different colour gives additional emphasis to the wide track.
• The BMW Concept X1 comes with dual round headlights cut off at the top in the typical style of the BMW brand, complete with a white-coloured horizontal cover at the top edge. The position of the headlights and foglamps brings back the three-eye face of other BMW X models.
• Six contour lines and the three-dimensional shape define the surface design of the engine compartment lid emanating a strong feeling of dynamic performance. The inner lines taper out sharply to the front towards the BMW kidney grille, the outer lines continue into the shoulder contours at the side.
• Through its centre of gravity visibly positioned right in the middle, the small distance between the front axle and the steering wheel, and the almost square contours of the wheel cutouts, the side view of the BMW Concept X1 draws a clear parallel to other BMW X models. Black body surrounds made of a special, robust synthetic material highlight the clear orientation towards the wheels. The sturdy, silver-coloured roof railing extends far to the rear, determining the course of the roofline together with the spoiler at the back.
• Characteristic rear end with L-shaped rear light clusters ensuring a homogeneous light effect thanks to LED light tubes. Raked to a low angle, the rear window gives the BMW Concept X1 a truly sporting touch, the horizontal lines emphasising the sheer width of the vehicle.
• As a special design feature specific to this model, three-dimensional surrounds encompass the headlights and rear light clusters and help to create the special graphics of the side windows.


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      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW: just bring over the 1 series hatchbacks including the diesel ones and forget this whole X1 business.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Am I the only one who thinks it looks ok? A premium, small SUV is what the luxury market needs right now. I must say though, the color is horrendous.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Certainly 1000X better looking than the M-B GLK that I guess it competes with.

        I don't think it looks too bad.

        I also see some bits of Cayenne and XC90 mixed into it. I'm not a huge fan of the tail lights though. Could be much worse however.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Nah, I actually think it looks decent too.

        On the comment about the X1 and X3 being too close for comfort, Edmunds reported that the X3 will apparently be going upmarket (how much further up can it go without stepping on the X5s toes?) and the X1 will essentially take it's place with a 170hp version (I would presume in at around $28,000) and a 265hp version.

        http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/autoshows/paris/2008/bmwx1concept.html?tid=edmunds.il.home.photopanel..1.*
      • 6 Years Ago
      The styling is so peculiar it's actually interesting.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Decent but I don't think the front end is done. The rest isn't bad at all. The rear is nice and clean but, again, the front jsut looks incomplete and a bit too busy/large for my taste.
      • 6 Years Ago
      nothing says up market like a gold car.
      • 6 Years Ago
      That it's a photoshop Infinite EX / FX with a 7 series nose right?? RIGHT?
        • 6 Years Ago
        And it's Infiniti, car design critic.
        • 6 Years Ago
        Yeah except the EX and FX actually look good...
      • 6 Years Ago
      If they de-ute-ified it, it would make an OK looking small wagon.

      As it sits, it looks like it's a shaggy dog with the body dripping down from the shoulders. I keep waiting for it to shake its body back and forth like when dogs shake off water.
      • 6 Years Ago
      looks like an Infiniti EX, BMW-style =/
      • 6 Years Ago
      I think that BMW is scared of Infinity. Looks ok but i rather have an EX. Even with the X3 and X5 i rather have a FX. Seems these days Nissan and thumping the germans while every shot back falls short. Sorry Bimmer. I love you guys but go back to function plus some style, instead of ugly with an engine
        • 6 Years Ago
        Sorry. Infiniti not Infinity. Must show respect.
      • 6 Years Ago
      I truly hope this bulbous, overlong nose (here and on the new 7-series) does not portend a new marque-wide design language. Because it's really not very good. At all.

      I'm one of (probably very) few people that loves the E92 and E60 cars, and I didn't even hate the original Bangle-Butt on the last 7s. If I could've afforded a new M3, I'd have got that instead of my 2006 (although I still think mine is great looking).

      But this? Bad. And please don't say, "it's a cute-ute, what do you want, a Ferrari?" There have been far better looking vehicles in this market segment... RAV4, CR-V... Christ, even the Escape is better looking than this.
      • 6 Years Ago
      1 series is redundant in presence of the 3.

      X1 is redundant in presence of the X3.

      WTF BMW. You guys used to be, you know, way up there with sound descisions. Then came the bangle butt, a line up of now THREE SUV's, this...???
      • 6 Years Ago
      Nice, but this is like the 4th iteration of this type of styling. I'm a bit tired of seeing it.
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