||BMW Concept X1
BMW made public long-held plans to extend its line-up of dedicated four-wheel-drivemodels at the Paris motor show with the unveiling of its new entry-level SUV, the X1.
The X1 sets out to provide buyers with a high-riding alternative to more affordable versions of the 3-series Touring.
The front end of the car immediately reminds you of the F01 BMW 7-Series recently revealed, thanks to its 7-Series-like headlamps and kidney grilles. The side profile has hints of the current facelifted BMW X3 while the engine hood is inspired by the design on the facelifted 3-Series.
Despite the X1 name which indicates a crossover version of the X1, the vehicle is actually built on the platform of the E90 3-Series. Its actually quite large - larger than most people expected it to be. At 4456mm long with a 2760mm wheelbase, these figures are close to the current X3 facelifts statistics with a 4565mm length and a 2795mm wheelbase. This means the next generation X3 will grow larger (as expected) and will probably have a mid-2800mm-ish wheelbase, as the 2nd gen X5 has a wheelbase of 2933mm.
Since it shares the same platform as the E90, you can expect a similiar engine range with a twin turbo 3.0 liter petrol X1 xDrive35i and a twin turbo 3.0 liter turbodiesel X1 xDrive35d as the top of the range models.
The X1 is slightly shorter than its bigger brother, the X3, and has a similar wheelbase, but it's significantly lower. Profile is more estate-like, with more steeply raked front and rear glass.
2008 Paris Auto Show of BMW Concept X1