BMW has pulled the wraps off the new BMW Concept X1 and has even released an interview video with BMW chief designer Adrian van Hooydonk explaining the car’s target market and its design cues.
The front end of the car immediately reminds you of the F01 BMW 7-Series recently revealed, thanks to its 7-Series-like headlamps and kidney grilles. The side profile has hints of the current facelifted BMW X3 while the engine hood is inspired by the design on the facelifted 3-Series.
Despite the X1 name which indicates a crossover version of the X1, the vehicle is actually built on the platform of the E90 3-Series. Its actually quite large – larger than most people expected it to be. At 4456mm long with a 2760mm wheelbase, these figures are close to the current X3 facelift’s statistics with a 4565mm length and a 2795mm wheelbase. This means the next generation X3 will grow larger (as expected) and will probably have a mid-2800mm-ish wheelbase, as the 2nd gen X5 has a wheelbase of 2933mm.
Since it shares the same platform as the E90, you can expect a similiar engine range with a twin turbo 3.0 litre petrol X1 xDrive35i and a twin turbo 3.0 litre turbodiesel X1 xDrive35d as the top of the range models.
Look after the jump to view more hi-res images and watch a video.
PHOTO GALLERY: BMW Concept X1
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Video: BMW Concept X1 (Watch on BMW Web TV on Youtube)