BMW X1 Officially Announced
( Worldcarfans ) - BMW will be expanding their X-branded range from 2010, with the launch of the all-new X1. These photos, courtesy of German car news website Autobild.de, preview the X1's sharp styling and compact dimensions. Setting its sights on upcoming pint-sized off-road offerings, the launch of the new car will take on Audi and Mercedes with their Q3 and BLK models as well as Ford's seemingly-upmarket Kuga. Existing four-wheel-drive vehicles such as Toyota's RAV4 and its market segment rivals will also be in the X1's eyeline.
Using the four-wheel-drive system of its X family sibling the X3, the new X1 will inherit its engines from the 1-Series range it is packaged around. A line-up of four and six-cylinder petrol pots will be available, while a range of crucial diesel engines will also be on offer.
Much like the forthcoming X6 model which BMW previewed at September's Frankfurt Motor Show, expect a concept car version of the X1 to surface before a production model.
Also announced in the latest speech by the Chairman of the Board of Management at BMW AG, Dr. Norbert Reithofer, were a number of interesting tidbits hinting at the Group's future.
A Gran Turismo model based on the CS Concept Car shown at Shanghai this year has been given the green light for production, while a 'fundamentally altered' concept from that of the originally-planned space-functional concept will go ahead. Dubbed 'Progressive Activity Sedan' - a trademark recently filed for by BMW - the concept will showcase BMW's own interpretation of the sedan, capable of 'surprising you with intelligent features.'
Over at Rolls-Royce, a hard-top Phantom Coupe based on the 101EX Concept has been confirmed for production. MINI engineers on the other hand may very well be donning the wellies with the announcement of a new model in the 'sports activity vehicle' segment. Stay with us for all the details on these upcoming models.