BMW HAS TAKEN great pains to keep anticipation for the upcoming 2010 BMW X1 high, putting the hordes of Bimmer fans on a drip of close-up teaser photos and shots of camouflaged X1s tearing around town.
As all good things are wont to do however, a collection of official photos has made its way out of the BMW offices and into the waiting hands of the internet faithful.
Despite the X1 moniker, BMW?s new CUV would appear from these images to share very little with its entry-level stablemate, the BMW 1 Series. The grille is reminiscent of the new 7 Series or the 5 Series GT, while the headlights and tail lights appear to bear similarities to the X5 and 3 Series respectively.
Rather than the 1 Series, the X1 crossover shares its full-time all-wheel-drive platform with the upcoming MINI Crossman, and is believed to be comparable in size to the Toyota Rav4.
The X1 is expected to debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show this September before hitting the European market in time for the 2010 model range, with Australian deliveries slated to begin early next year.
?We?re looking at the first quarter of 2010,? said Tim James, Product Communications Manager at BMW Australia.
?Engine configurations aren?t confirmed for our market yet, but it is likely that we?ll go with a 2 litre diesel and then a new four-cylinder twin-turbo diesel as well.
?Auto and manual should be available, but we haven?t knocked out the final details.?
While BMW has yet to release full details for the X1, it is believed that engine options will start with a pair of 2.0 litre four-cylinder petrol engines developing 106kW and 126kW, moving through to a 3.0 litre straight-six making 197kW.
A line of diesel engines is expected as well, built around a 2.0 litre four-cylinder and producing 106kW, 132kW and 152kW.