First spy pics of BMW's new sportier soft-roader in testing; visual and mechanical changes expected

The most sporting variant of BMW’s X1 soft-roader has been spied in testing for the first time.

These scoop shots reveal a lightly disguised BMW X1 sporting the forthcoming M Sport package. The BMW X1 M Sport will be similar to other models offered in BMW’s popular trim level, with both visual and mechanical upgrades.

See the spy pics of the BMW X1 M Sport

The test car’s disguise hides a more aggressive lower section of the front-end, with a wider, deeper front bumper and air intakes inspired by M division’s X5 and X6 models.

Also disguised are the car’s wider side sills and pseudo diffuser fitted at the rear. The X1 M Sports will offer a new alloy wheel design, too.

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Interior changes are expected to include sports seats, a special leather M division steering wheel and gear knob, M Sport badging, M Sport aluminium kick plates and a new headlining. Mechanical changes will to include special, more sporting M Sport suspension and exhausts systems.

The BMW X1 M Sport is tipped to launch at next spring’s Geneva motor show.

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7 October 2010

Seen a couple of these recently and what an ugly, ugly car.

BMW are at risk of the Countryman outselling this over the next few months. I really don't see that many X1's. I wonder why.

7 October 2010

Another answer to a question that no-one asked...

7 October 2010

I love the thinking behind the 1M coupe, but this, the X5M and the X6M just seem like an abuse of the M brand. And I agree with the first comment too, this is a rubbish looking car in the first place too (much like the X6). Some mugs are buying them though.

7 October 2010

Taking an ugly off-roader and making it a little more sporty does not unfortunately make it any less ugly. Obviously the X5M & X6M must be selling for them to pull this stunt.

7 October 2010

[quote RobotBoogie]Another answer to a question that no-one asked...
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"If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse" - Henry Ford

I actually think there is a place in the market for a premium Nissan Quashqai rival. A good looking, small BMW with a raised driving position and a decent price would sell well in my opinion.

However this looks like BMW just melted a 1 series and put it on a raised platform. I bet the ride is pretty awful as well.

JT.

7 October 2010

[quote JimTurner]However this looks like BMW just melted a 1 series and put it on a raised platform. I bet the ride is pretty awful as well[/quote]

I think it's based on a 3 series but I know what you mean about the melted down 1 series look too. It kind of reminded me of a 3 series estate that's been jacked up a bit, and then someone's shunted in the rear end and, yes, shunted the front inwards and downwards! It's hard to explain but it just looks misproportioned and that's being kind.

I think there's only 1 in the town where I work and I've stood filling up next to him at the petrol station. If I see him there again I am very tempted to ask him why he chose it! It's obviously a company car but I'd just like to hear the justification from him as a 3 series estate would surely be the better choice?

7 October 2010

[quote JimTurner]"If I'd asked my customers what they wanted, they'd have said a faster horse" - Henry Ford[/quote]

You're being rather kind to BMW there. The X1M is about as revolutionary and innovative as a Sainsbury's own brand chocolate biscuit.

7 October 2010

[quote AlexF512]I love the thinking behind the 1M coupe, but this, the X5M and the X6M just seem like an abuse of the M brand. And I agree with the first comment too, this is a rubbish looking car in the first place too (much like the X6). Some mugs are buying them though.[/quote] X6M and X5M are not even M GmbH developments, but came from BMW AG... so yes, your statement is true even from an objective viewpoint.

7 October 2010

Jeez, seriously, could it be ANY uglier? It surely ranks alongside the Allegro, Bristol, oh and the X3.

7 October 2010

... at least (some - notably the modern) Bristols are elegantly ugly - this Frankenstein creation is just F.ugly

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