Tuesday, September 6, 2011

2010 BMW X1 Buying Advice

BMW calls the 2010 X1 a Sports Activity Vehicle. That’s a takeoff on Sport Utility Vehicle and intends to emphasize sporty fun over trucky function. By any name, the 2010 BMW X1 is a small station wagon with a long, tall roof, raised seating position, and slightly elevated suspension. Think four-fifths scale BMW X3 SUV. Indeed, where the X3 is based on BMW’s renowned 3-Series car line, the X1 grows out of its subcompact 1-Series cars. As the “X” implies, it belongs to BMW’s family of X6, X5, and X3 car-based crossovers…err, Sport Activity Vehicles.
Should you wait for the 2010 BMW X1? As of this writing, BMW had not announced precisely when the X1 would go on sale, or if it would debut in U.S. showrooms as a 2010 or 2011 model. More details on that below, but judging from the X1 concept unveiled in late 2008, the production X1 will boast the undiluted essence of BMW, with lines far more graceful than those of the stubby 1-Series cars. Bet on purebred BMW power and suspension tuning, too. This will help set the X1 apart from a slew of impending rivals in the rapidly expanding premium subcompact crossover class. Any BMW is priced at the upper end of its segment, and the X1 likely will be as well, but if you’re itching to get into one of these new crossovers and you’ve got the scratch, it’ll be worth waiting for.


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