Rear-wheel drive version of compact SUV will cut emissions
9 October 2008

The new BMW X1 - previewed by the Concept X1 at the Paris Motor Show – will be offered in both four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations when it goes on sale in 2010, according to BMW insiders.

BMW has previously resisted producing two-wheel drive versions of its SUVs, but the company believes that weight savings and efficiency gains will persuade buyers to accept a rear-drive only version of the X1. The company is expected to offer the rear-drive X1 with four-cylinder 2.0-litre petrol and diesel engines.To differentiate it from the four-wheel drive X1, BMW is planning to introduce a new ‘sDrive’ badge. This will lead to a complicated naming structure, with model names like the BMW X1 18isDrive.Larger-engined versions of the X1 will have four-wheel drive as standard, and will wear the same xDrive badge as the X5 and X6. Turbocharged four and six cylinder engines will be offered with the 4x4 drivetrain, including an uprated version of BMW’s 2.0-litre twin-turbo common rail diesel which will produce ‘well over 220bhp’ according to our insider. The production X1’s looks will be very similar to those of the X1 Concept, and are inspired by those of the bigger X3 and X1. Premium manufacturers are expecting that the compact SUV segment will grow as demand for larger off-roaders weakens. Land Rover will introduce its sub-Freelander LRX in 2010, Audi is working on a Tiguan-based Q3 and Mercedes is set to spin a compact ‘GLC’ off the next-generation B-Class.The X1 is based on the same platform as the 3-series, and will be built alongside it at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany.

Will Powell

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9 October 2008

Well, at least there is a little common sense on show here; the only off-roading most people do is going up the occasional curb. 2WD does therefore make a lot of sense. I'm surprised more companies don't offer it on base models.

However, what is going on with that naming structure? Would like to see them put that on the back of the vehicle; it would take up the whole boot...

9 October 2008

[quote Autocar]The new BMW X1 - previewed by the Concept X1 at the Paris Motor Show – will be offered in both four-wheel drive and rear-wheel drive configurations when it goes on sale in 2010, according to BMW insiders.

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So basically, a one series with jacked-up suspension then. A kind of Premium Ford Fusion, you might say.

9 October 2008

I get the feeling that BMW are losing their once crystal-clear way. They overrelied on the US for lease car sales and have been internally undermined by that nasty man Chris Bangle and his awful designs, the X1 included. Plus, I think the surging forward of Audi is unsettling their once unshakeable confidence. Maybe Porsche will save them from too much market-share loss by suffocating now internal rival Audi.

9 October 2008

I really didn't care for X1's styling when I first laid eyes on it, but I must admit, the damned thing is growing on me.

It'd be interesting to see how it compares to the 4wd version.

9 October 2008

I don't understand this car. Did a really good customer of BMW drive home in their new X3. Popped it in the garage. Tried to shut the door and found that it won't quite shut.

Calls BMW and says "My new car's 112mm too long"

Reply "No problem Madam, we'll build you something that'll suit you fine"

11 October 2008

Very sensible of BMW to copy a company that will in the long term be more successful than they are....by making a 2 wheel drive version compact SUV - they were obviously inspired by Kia who have already done so with the Sportage. ;)

11 October 2008

Why is it sensible to remove a feature that is so obviously beneficial to safety ? 4WD is a safety feature. Shall we remove seatbelts too ? That'd save some smoke going up into the sky somewhere, I'm sure. Ridiculous move driven by uninformed consumers who now prioritise the climate over safety. 4WD is not just for crossing ploughed fields. It has a practical use on the road too. Wait till it's wet and you're pulling out from a t-junction in a hurry, then you'll know.

11 October 2008

I wasn't questioning the merits of 4 wheel drive, infact I just got back from trying to find some decent tyres for ours!

I was purely taking the pee at BMWubblyou. Keep your hill descent control on!!

11 October 2008

[quote The Apprentice]

I wasn't questioning the merits of 4 wheel drive, infact I just got back from trying to find some decent tyres for ours!

I was purely taking the pee at BMWubblyou. Keep your hill descent control on!!

[/quote] Easy tiger. My post was just a statement not a response to yours.

11 October 2008

So the X1 is only actually 162mm shorter than the original X5!

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