BMW unveils smallest BMW X concept

  • 13-Oct-2008 01:22 EDT

BMW's X1 is smaller than its X3 in all exterior dimensions.

Within a year, BMW AG plans to produce a production version of its compact SAV, the X1, which it premiered in concept form at the Paris Motor Show in early October.

The company describes the vehicle as a premium compact class SAV with urban appeal. The X1 will afford, according to BMW, the highest conceivable level of freedom and spontaneous activity. At least that is the basis on which the exterior was designed. (The interior is a work in progress and was not allowed to be seen at the show.)

Few technical details about the SAV are being provided. The Paris Motor Show served mainly as a visual teaser for the work in progress. Basic dimensions were provided. Vehicle length is 4457 mm (175.5 in); width is 1789 mm (70.4 in); height is 1535 mm (60.4 in); wheelbase is 2760 mm (108.6 in); front track is 1505 mm (59.3 in); and rear track is 1530 mm (60.2 in). The X1 is smaller than the X3 in all of these dimensions; the largest dimensional difference is in height, with the former 140 mm (5.5 in) shorter.

Klaus Draeger, Member of the Board of Management, BMW AG, noted at the Paris show that BMW has sold more than 1.3 million X vehicles since the X5’s introduction in 1999.

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