With last week's news that BMW
will begin producing the new X1 at its Leipzig facility
, it was just a matter of time before the Bavarian boys gave us an indication as to when its compact CUV
would be unveiled. As suspected, the wraps will be pulled off an X1
concept at the Paris Motor Show
this September, but as is often the case with BMW, the "concept" is almost exactly what we'll see when it goes on sale in the fourth quarter of 2009. The new model will be built off the 1-series platform (a shortened 3-series) and according to an unnamed source quoted by Automotive News
, "will use the two highest spec gasoline and the two highest spec diesel
engines from the 1-series."
The source also confirmed earlier reports
that the MINI
SUV/CUV will debut in Paris with power provided by the Cooper S
' turbocharged 1.4-liter or the Cooper D's oilburner. Sales of the MINI 'ute will begin in the second quarter of 2010.
[Source: Automotive News
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