This means that the X1 retains the concept's concave body surfacing and fussy detailing as well as the oversize kidney grilles inspired from the new 7-Series. In terms of size, the X1 is slightly smaller than the X3 measuring in at just under 4,500 mm or 175-in length, or around 112 mm (4.4-in.) shorter than its big brother which stands at 4,569 mm or 179-in. However, keep in mind that the next generation X3 will grow in size.
Beneath the sheetmetal, the X1 shares its underpinnings with the four-wheel-drive version of the BMW 3-series, though it has been rumored that BMW may offer rear-wheel drive versions of the SUV bearing the 'sDrive' moniker wheras the AWD variants will get the xDrive nameplate.
The petrol range will include an entry-level 2.0-liter four-pot with 143 and 170HP along with the 3.0-liter straight-six units producing up to 265HP. Europeans will most likely be more interested in the diesel line-up that will consist of 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engines delivering between 143 and 204HP and six-cylinder units with up to 245HP.
And how about an X1M version, since BMW has already introduced its first ever 'M' crossovers with the X5M and X6M? We have no information whatsoever on a possible M variant of the X1, and to be frank, we seriously doubt that the Bavarian automaker will consider developing such a model for its small crossover.