BMW’s X1 has been an undisputed hit in Europe so far. The X1 now tops the premium SUV class after overtaking the Audi Q5 as the top selling premium SUV for the first half of 2010 after selling 55,550 units through July. The X1 will arrive in US showrooms by Spring 2011. BMW sold 11,483 X1s in July 2010 alone.
While visiting the famed Nurburgring, our own forum member Dackelone decided to hang around ring side and snap a few photos (you can see his entire Nurburgring trip thread here), and what he cought here is quite interesting.
This looks to be a Deep Sea Blue BMW X1 which was fit with an engine sounding like the new turbo inline 6 cylinder engine from BMW that is making its way through the entire -35i lineup (aka the N55). Not only was this car fit with the N55, but it was wearing orange turn signals in the front headlights, something not yet seen on an X1, and something that could only be needed for a US spec vehicle.
The BMW X1 has been marketed as a lifestyle vehicle, perfect for those who lead both an active outdoor and social life. But, as this video shows, its xDrive system also makes it plenty capable for light rugged uses, such as navigating rougher terrain. A stylish lower slung SAV with some off-road capability
In the BMW CEO Norbert Reithofers report (full report below) to shareholders yesterday, the CEO happily reported that the BMW X1 has outsold expectations with 36,000 cars sold since its launch last Fall. The X1 is expected to be available in North America starting sometime next year (2011) and should be available in the xDrive28i gasoline model, powered by the 3.0L 6-cylinder motor making 231-hp and a 199 lb-ft of torque.
Dr. Reithofer: “The BMW X1 has significantly exceeded even our own ambitious expectations: Since its introduction last fall, we have delivered more than 36,000 units to customers,” BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting. “Among these customers are plenty of younger people for whom BMW was not … CONTINUED
Xbimmers member largehosier provides us this great review (plus photos) of his new X1 2.3d xDrive. The car is everything he hoped it would be, and having owned 9 cars in the past 12 years, he has plenty of comparison. He’s so smitten with it, it’s the first he’ll be keeping long-term (until the X1 facelift that is).
BMW and the ski company K2 sponsored a group of professional skiers on a trip throughout the ski slopes of Europe. The skiers traveled in X1s to the locations and even utilized the X1s AWD technology during some of their stunts. Check it out.
Drive.com.au reviews the BMW X1 and calls it possibly the stand-out car the compact 4WD market has been crying out for.
AC Schnitzer has debuted their X1 and 5-series GT at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Details and photos inside.
AC Schnitzer has released its tuning and cosmetic program for the BMW X1. The program includes more aggressive tune and exhaust system, suspension and handling upgrades, and full compliment of cosmetic parts. The ACS X1 will debut in just a couple of weeks at the 2010 Geneva Motor Show. Look for our coverage!