• Jul 1, 2009
2010 BMW X1 - Click above for high-res image gallery

Although it is isn't slated to be officially revealed until this fall's Frankfurt Auto Show, it feels like we've been seeing the wraps come off BMW's X1 baby crossover for years now. Thanks to a steady stream of spy shots over the last 18 months or so, we feel like we ought to be able to tell you not only the shape and size of the glovebox, but the material its walls are made of. Regardless, these are the first official shots of the X1 that have leaked out on the web, apparently because of German magazine FOCUS online.

As we've already seen almost all elements of the X1 already, the final shape doesn't surprise us, which appears much like a shrunken X5 mixed with styling cues from the bull-nosed 7-Series, 5-Series Gran Turismo, and of course, last year's X1 Concept.

The inside is typical Bimmer fare as well, with a sober but handsome and well-screwed-together look. The usual accoutrements are present in the photo models' driver oriented instrument panels, including iDrive, USB ports, and thumb-shifters for the automatic.

We're already tired of BMW's awkward model naming conventions, but regardless, the CUV is expected to launch in Europe in xDrive18i and xDrive 18d configurations, along with an xDrive20d model whose 177 hp diesel is apparently good for 60 mph in 8.4 seconds, an xDrive23d model with a 204 hp oil-burner (0-60 mph in 7.3 seconds, top speed of 139 mph), as well as the xDrive28i, which is apparently good for 143 mph. No word yet on what models we'll see in the U.S. just yet, but we'd be surprised to see anything less powerful than the xDrive28i in Stateside dealers, and we'll keep our fingers crossed for a diesel variant.

According to current scuttlebutt, the X1 will launch in autumn exclusively paired with all-wheel drive, but rear-wheel drive versions are expected to come on line soon thereafter. Check out the gallery below and keep checking back with us for further details as they become available.




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      • 5 Years Ago
      I actually like this. Looks good on the inside.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Pic #2 makes it look cross-eyed. I don't like the huge upright pig nose grille.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugly and pointless, like so many German cars lately, unfortunately
      • 5 Years Ago
      Ugh! Kill it with fire!
      • 5 Years Ago
      I like the lines and the interior design. The upright grill follows the lead of the new 7 (and 5er prototypes I've seen) and the flame surfacing has evolved into a more fluid cohesive flow. The car is better than the X3 in every way, and a worthy successor. If the price is right this vehicle will do well in Europe and the US.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Remember the good old days when BMW had a neat simple lineup. The 3,5 and 7 Series and the Z3 roadster. I liked BMW better at that time.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Neat for you, but here the 3-series, 5-series and 7-series were always each available with a raft of engines and trim variants.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I agree Bloke. But at least they did not have all this crap like SAV's. They really focused on driving pleasure in those days.
      • 5 Years Ago
      The AMC Eagle lives on! Thanks, BMW!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, this looks actually pretty good, much better than the disastrous X3. Would make an excellent car for wifey, most benefits of SUV but in much smaller package for easier parking and handling. Plus much better peception of public, there seems to be some hate towards larger SUVs lately. Sign me up immediately.
      • 5 Years Ago
      crap crap...i owned many bimmers pre-ugly phase...this is the summum of awful design...even the new Merc E class, another ugly one, looks better....please stop the nonesense...5 series GT sucks it's ugly too...only the Z4 looks good in the whole range, X6 is ugly, X5 is bearable, 7 series/japanese look, 3 series 4 doors sucks looks like a nissan almera...come on....BMW please designnice cars...bring back the Z8 type of design...look at a Golf, clean, simple....the way BMW used to be beautiful....really...bring my 540 SW back...the model from 2001....interiors look good now though....my A8 is still better looking...
      • 5 Years Ago
      looks like made in china ..
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take mine in 3.5sDrive guise please.
      That's with the the TT 300hp N62, and RWD. Good for 0-60
      • 5 Years Ago
      One of the ugliest designs I've ever seen. Pointless lines, boxy wheel arches that look better on a GMC (and that's not saying much). The only attractive thing on this, whatever it is, is the badge. Probably the only reason anyone will buy it.

      I agree with the post that lamented the old BMW line up. Beautiful with purposeful lines and some of the best looking station wagons ever.

      Now, gaudy designs and huge gas guzzlers.
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