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In a move that marks a significant departure from its current direction, BMW will offer both all- and rear-wheel drive versions of its upcoming BMW X1 model. Up to this point, consumers have only been offered all-wheel-drive mechanicals under the skin of the BMW X6, BMW X5 and smaller BMW X3. The German automaker cites weight savings and gains in efficiency as the reason why its newest and smallest SAV loses its front driveshafts, but be assured that it's also a cost-saving maneuver as automakers squeeze to keep prices down. As the models will appear virtually identical from the outside, BMW will offer the rear-wheel-drive version with a special "sDrive" badge to differentiate it from the xDrive-equipped all-wheel-drive model (of course, you'll have to squint to discern the badge differences between a rear-wheel-drive "BMW X1 sDrive28i" and the all-wheel-drive "BMW X1 xDrive28i"). Built on the 3 Series platform (and set for production at the same Leipzig plant), the showroom version of the X1 is expected to look much like the X1 Concept shown in Paris last week. There has been no word on when we'll see it on this side of the pond, but those in Europe should look for the X1 to appear in showrooms sometime in 2010.

[Source: Autocar]

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      • 6 Years Ago
      Gee - another overpriced, undersized car no one outside of BMW's existing customer base will care about. Bravo, BMW, bravo.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Screw that. Give me a 135i 5-door hatch.
      • 6 Years Ago
      why would Europe care anything about this car? They already have teh 5dr 1 series and this thing is supposed to have comparable interior space but just be bigger and get worse mileage. Why all the fuss. This seems like a car that was designed for the US so i would be surprised personally to not see it here.
      • 6 Years Ago
      Dang that's one ugly car!
      • 6 Years Ago
      BMW needs an abortion before this ugly child is born. Regardless of the number of limbs (i.e. 4 limbs or 2 limbs), it is an abnormal fetus with serious developmental problems. I'm sure many anti-abortion groups would welcome this abortion.

      Besides, its hideous siblings have not been well received, why bring another one to the Earth??

      • 6 Years Ago
      It looks like a buck-toothed bunny with a frown. Absolutely hideous. Fat ass too. Pathetic. All the good designers in the world and this is worthy of production?
      • 6 Years Ago
      I wouldn't buy one even if it could fly.

      Good luck trying to fight the Kuga with that.
      • 6 Years Ago
      This thing is an ugly pig and will remain that way, regardless of whether you push it or pull it.
      • 6 Years Ago
      All Wheel Drive eh? too bad... I was hoping this thing would slide into a lamp post on a icy street (maybe it would make it look better)
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