• Sep 15, 2009

2010 BMW X1 - click above image for hi-res gallery

While us Americans will probably never get the three- and/or five-door 1 Series, we will be getting the new BMW X1. Here's your pudding proof. For some this is a maddening reality. For others it's like music you dislike. Still, we were a bit surprised by how much we liked the looks of the X1, especially in brown. With a grill lifted right off the 7-Series and a sinister set of angel eyes, the X1 is easily twice as handsome as big brother X3. Which might very prove to be the X1's major selling point. Just like the 3 Series and the 1 Series, the X3 and X1 are very closely related, not only in terms of powertrains, but mechanicals and chassis, too.

Engine choices are the usual BMW fare, ranging from the 258 hp double-VANOS straight-six in the xDrive28i to the 295 lb-ft of torque twin-turbo and common-rail diesel xDrive23d to less powerful diesel models like the 258 lb-ft xDrive20d/sDrive20d. There's also the sDrive18d which can get up to a BMW claimed 54.3 imperial miles per gallon. If you've somehow forgotten, the "x" in BMW-speak stands for AWD and the "s" stands for RWD. BMW claims the latter is the "most efficient rendition of spontaneous driving pleasure." If you can figure out what that means, let us know.






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      • 5 Years Ago
      Ok BMW, I'm begging now... Please don't build this, please don't build this, please don't build this. The X3 is bad enough, I don't want to have to look at an X3 they shrunk and and drove into a wall. The front is so wide and flat that, aesthetically, it looks like the rest of the car can't support the weight of it. This world doesn't need any more ugly, but the sad thing is, i know i will see so many of them :-(

      Wheels are nice though.

      P.S. Please don't build this.
      P.P.S Let's get a production version of the Efficient Dynamics concept rolling instead yes? Ok great, glad you are seeing clearly now.
        • 5 Years Ago
        too funny, I almost shot ice out of my nose
      • 5 Years Ago
      I still don't see the business case for this vehicle. Not with the X3 in existence that is...
      • 5 Years Ago
      this propably wouldn't fit in the american market, but very good into the european one
      and thie X3 will get a little bigger in the next generation (next year or so)
      • 5 Years Ago
      It honestly doesn't look that bad, but it really should either be either this or the X3, and this looks like what the X3 should be now.
      • 5 Years Ago
      This is obviously BMW's answer to a question no one asked, just like the Crosstour.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Of late BMW and Honda seem to be making a lot of ugly cars.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bunch of cry-babies...

      • 5 Years Ago
      I never thought the X3 was a bad looking vehicle at all but this....looks a bit like a Jeep Compass which IMO, is hideous. It's better than that but, that isn't saying much.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Meh... it's not that bad, but I'd never buy it. My girlfriend might like it though...
      • 5 Years Ago
      ok, I had gotten rather used to fronts of BMWs looking like the face of a laughing or grinning guy with an odd moustache...now they gave it eyeliner...
      • 5 Years Ago
      If this was more hatchback and less suv then it would be a nice series 1. However a series 1 with real world room is not a suv, sorry BMW
      • 5 Years Ago
      Next to a human, this looks like a 1 series with a Rolls Royce-Sized hood.

      Terrible.
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