Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Spyshots: BMW X1 SUV

Here’s another rendering of BMW’s upcoming small SUV for the café strip. Based on the 1-series’ underpinnings, it will feature several four cylinder and six cylinder engines. Though not due until 2010 we already have some significant details. The X-drive 4WD system will be lifted directly from the X3 SUV with drivetrains and electronics coming from the 1-series.

BMW plans to keep weight down. Its target is 1535kg, which is 200kg less than X3. Engine options will range from a 145hp 1.8L petrol to the range topping 3L diesel. Transmission will include a conventional six-speed as well an optional six-speed self shifter. New technologies and safety features will include update stability control, HDC hill descent control and DBC dynamic brake force distribution programs, and maybe even expect niceties such as Active steering and Dynamic Drive.

Production numbers are expected to be around the 100,000 mark with work outsourced to the Magna-Steyr factory near Graz. The vehicle will be priced higher than the 1-series, starting around €30,000.

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