• Mar 16, 2009
BMW X1 spy shots – Click above for high-res image gallery

BMW unveiled the X1 Concept at the 2008 Paris Motor Show to our bewildered eyes, and spy photographers have just surfaced with photos of the production version that do little to address our concerns for this littlest of soft roaders from Munich. As you can see, the production version will hardly differ at all from the concept, which means the swollen nose from the new 7 Series remains, along with all the surface pinching and odd details that we were so not fond of in Paris.

Styling aside, we question whether there's a market for another BMW sport or crossover utility vehicle, considering that the brand is already loaded with the X6, X5 and X3. The X1 also appears just plain redundant being so similar in size to the X3. That said, it will be built on the same platform as the 3 Series and offer a heaping helping of BMW gas and diesel engines, so it should be the Ultimate Driving Honda CR-V.

[Source: KGP Photography]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      That's one long hood, very little passenger room and then a sloping hatch to reduce cargo space. Yet another answer to a question nobody asked.
        • 5 Years Ago
        i agree. and it looked quite ugly as a pointless concept.
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like a sick man just got done barfing.
      • 5 Years Ago
      What a pointless car...
      • 5 Years Ago
      What the crap?

      They apply camo patterns like I apply wrapping paper to Christmas presents.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Very redundant, but I don't think it looks as bad as the concept. The main thing that made the concept look horrendous was the COLOUR.

      Same goes for the 5er GT....if BMW had rolled it out in something other than metallic vomit, it might have looked a bit better.
      • 5 Years Ago
      That wide mouth lower air dam looks like this:
      http://www.spada.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2009/02/jeremy-clarkson.jpg

      • 5 Years Ago
      Fugly!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll get a ton of crap for saying this, but I'd have been more interested in it if they made the X1 look like a mini X6. Yeah yeah, everyone hates the X6... but I like 'em. It's way too much for what I'd choose to drive, but a smaller version of it (powered by a diesel!!) would be something I'd consider.
      • 5 Years Ago
      All the jokes about an X2....I thought the mockup image was pretty nice actually.

      http://www.carmagazine.co.uk/upload/10476/images/BMWX2scoopCAR1.jpg
      • 5 Years Ago
      Yikes. I really didn't like the concept at all. The proportions were all completely wrong everywhere; also, the interior didn't look very inviting at all. Furthermore, I have a feeling that this will be even less comfortable and have even less boot space than a 3 Series SEDAN.
      Also, what's the point of calling it the "X1" if it won't even feature xDrive (AWD)? BMW's nomenclature is nowhere near standardized any more.
      • 5 Years Ago
      So all jokes aside, does anybody know what the point of the X1 is???

      The X5 is bigger, but I thought that was just to make more room between that and the X3. The X3 is not that big and even if they make it bigger, I still don't see the point of there being something smaller beneath it.

      I know every brand is expanding nowadays but I find it hard to beleive that BMW is just erroneously building crap with scrap metal just to widen its stable. Can anyone explain what's going on at BMW????
      • 5 Years Ago
      What would the X1 offer that the 3-series estate or the X3 don't offer?

      Then again this could be some prototype facelift for the X3.
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