Oh niche, where art thou?
Posted: 21 May 2010
And as the car goes on stream this case will only be strengthened, for BMW is planning to offer the car with smaller diesels (no petrol options are even coming to the UK) and a more affordable and frugal rear-wheel-drive option, dispensing with both weight and complexity. These lesser-spotted X1s will manage up to 54.3mpg without giving away too much in terms of performance.
There is a catch though. Priced from £22,660 for the basic 140bhp rear-wheel-drive 18d to £29,055 for the all-wheel-drive 23d we've got here, no X1 is going to be cheap. BMW is eager to stress that this is the first ‘premium' car in its market, although they seem to have forgotten the arrival of the Infiniti EX.