BMW has thrown the SUV world for another loop, this time releasing plans for what it calls a small-CUV (crossover utility vehicle). Adding to the brand’s X line of SUVs, the concept X1 is eerily similar to the current X3.
Judging from concept drawings and photos from the Paris Auto Show, there does not seem to be much of a difference at all between the X3 and X1, both in design and size. The side profile is distinctively X3. The new, flat 7 series nose sits up front, differentiating it from the current vehicle. From the available information it does not make much sense to have both so it would not be a surprise if the X1 replaced the X3, as there seem to be one too many vehicles in the X line at the moment.
As of right now, the drivetrain and features are a thing of mystery, and the 1 in its designation does not say much. Using the underpinnings of the 1 series does not seem logical on an SUV, let alone of the size of the 3-series based X3. From recent news of BMW looking into smaller, more fuel efficient four and six cylinder turbo motors, we foresee the X1 using the currently available inline-6 motors and the addition of a turbo four-cylinder akin to that in the Acura RDX.
Pricing is currently unknown, but looking at the proportions and the crossover’s mission-statement, it should come to market near the price of the RDX at around $33,000. Stay tuned for Karfarm’s full review once more information comes our way.