New BMW X1 Cute Ute Spotted on the Nurburgring

Jonny Lieberman
by Jonny Lieberman

Motor Authority reports that a new, smaller Bavarian SUV has been caught running the 'Ring. And they're doing so with a straight face (BMW, not the Australian bloggers). Based on the 1-Series (not our favorite Bimmer), the X1 will be smaller than the X3. Uglier too, which is quite an impressive feat. The X1 will borrow design cues from the sleek CS Concept, including the big flat nostrils, headlights and an "aggressive bumper" (whatever that may mean). The X1 will not only be more expensive than the 1-Series (gulp), it will share many parts with the upcoming MINI Cooper SUV in order to reduce costs. You can also order your X1 with a 145 hp 1.8-liter four-banga or a 3.0-liter diesel, though probably not here. Look for your daughter's best friend to be driving an X1 xDrive35i to the prom in 2009.

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  • Blowfish Blowfish on Jun 26, 2008

    What BMW need is another smart car inorder to be all things to all people. But will the market support it? X1 for the up market Suzuki Samurai.

  • Robert Schwartz Robert Schwartz on Jun 26, 2008

    Can they make sure that it weighs at least 4000 lbs?

  • Cyril Sneer Cyril Sneer on Jun 26, 2008
    "Robert Schwartz : June 26th, 2008 at 5:25 pm Can they make sure that it weighs at least 4000 lbs?" Oh, I believe they can...
  • SirRoxo SirRoxo on Jun 27, 2008

    What is with BMW? Oil is going nuts and they figure it's a good time to release another SUV despite its size? Sounds like a half assed Big 2.8 decision. Can't we just get the hatch the europeans have? I'd rather see a wagon version of this than the SUV.