It’s been a long game of cat-and-mouse, but BMW’s finally unwrapped the production-intent 2010 X1 crossover ahead of its scheduled debut at the 2009 Frankfurt motor show. Although some bemoan the addition of yet another crossover to the BMW portfolio, the X1 may be a logical addition to BMW’s X-lineup, given today’s increasingly stringent fuel economy and emissions standards.
As we predicted at the time, the production X1 is virtually identical to the “concept” shown at the 2008 Paris motor show. Thanks to a few design cues (notably the front bumper fascia and roofline), the X1 is immediately recognizable as a BMW X-model and. It seems to be an attractive alternative for those wanting the practicality of a wagon or SUV, yet scared of the social stigma or poor fuel consumption typically associated with such models.
In the effort of fuel economy, BMW will offer a range of fuel-efficient diesels and gasoline engines. In Europe, BMW will offer only four-cylinder diesels. If you’re hoping those oil-burners come stateside, don’t hold your breath. So far, the only confirmed model we’ll receive is the X1 xDrive28i, which uses the same 3.0-liter I-6 found in 128i, 328i, and 530i. In X1 guise, the engine produces 258 hp and 228 lb-ft of torque, yet it still achieves 25 mpg combined on the EU testing cycle. Thus far, it seems we’re only receiving an all-wheel-drive model, although BMW is planning on building X1s in both rear-wheel and all-wheel-drive forms.
Even though there is only one trim level confirmed for the U.S., it doesn’t leave buyers wanting for content—be it standard or otherwise. BMW’s excellent xDrive system and Xenon adaptive headlights are standard, and we’d expect navigation (coupled to the latest iteration of iDrive) and a panoramic sunroof to be popular extras here in America.