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2011 BMW X1 Spied in Germany by Inside Line

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Uploaded on Jun 12, 2008

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After toying with the idea of an even larger X7 sport-utility vehicle to complement the midsize X5 SUV, BMW has decided to go smaller instead. The 2011 BMW X1 is an all-new compact-utility vehicle built on the same platform as the recently introduced 1 Series coupe.

Caught testing on the streets of Munich, the X1 has a tall-roof design similar to the 2010 BMW V5 utility vehicle. The idea for both vehicles is to cram as much interior space as possible into a relatively small footprint. Essentially, this is as close as BMW is going to get to building minivans.

Like the 1 Series coupe, the 2011 BMW X1 will likely offer two variations of BMW's 3.0-liter inline-6 engine. Expect base X1s to have roughly 230 horsepower, while the top-of-the-line models will get the same 300-hp 3.0-liter inline-6 found in the 135i and 335i coupes and sedans.

Since it's supposed to have more utility than your average sedan, the X1 will most likely come standard with all-wheel drive. The system will also feature BMW's new Dynamic Performance Control system, which should help make the X1 handle better than your average sport-utility.

Unlike most all-wheel-drive systems, which cut back power to enhance traction whenever they detect a slipping wheel, DPC is able to selectively increase or decrease power to individual wheels to maintain momentum. It works well in the bigger 2008 BMW X6, so the X1 shouldn't be any different.

It will be awhile before we know for sure, as the 2011 BMW X1 is still several years away from production. Expect to see its official debut sometime in 2010, with sales beginning in the U.S. a year later.

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