October 10, 2008 BMW has signaled an expansion to its X series line with the World premiere of its Concept X1 at the Paris Motor Show. Described as the "first Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment" and clearly sharing the design DNA of other X series models which first hit the streets in 1999 with the release of the first generation X5, the car being shown in Paris is expected to be very close to the production model which is due for release within one year.
Finished in a new Meridian Gold Metallic paintwork, the X1 Concept measures 175.5" in length (almost 4.3" shorter than the X3) with a wheelbase 104.4". The dual headlight configuration and foglamp position follow the styling direction of BMW X models with three-dimensional surrounds added to the headlights and L-shaped rear light clusters which utilize LEDs. The floor protection element and front air intake are finished in silver and black in sharp contrast to the paintwork above and the car sits on on 19-inch, ten-spoke alloy rims that are again derived from previous models in the range.
There's not a great deal of additional information to be had at this stage as no specific details on the makeup of the drivetrain or performance specs have yet been announced. We'll no doubt learn more as the production model release draws closer.