(from BMW Press
Release) The BMW Concept X1.
• World debut of a concept BMW X model in the premium
• BMW, the founder of the Sports Activity Vehicle segment, is
consistently expanding the range of BMW X models.
• Authentic transition of the features and design language
typical of a BMW X model into a new class of vehicles. A concept
study offering a clear expression of modern style, agility,
versatility and premium quality through its design alone.
• As an innovative vehicle concept in the premium compact
segment, the BMW Concept X1 sets the standard for cool elegance,
modern style, and variable function.
• T he BMW Concept X1 offers ample room for spontaneous mobility
in many different ways, clearly reflecting the lifestyle of a
modern and active target group. Numerous details on the Concept
Car provide a clear hint as to the actual production of an
appropriate series model within one year.
• Typical features of a BMW X model combined with elegant, sleek
proportions. This alone gives the BMW Concept X1 unique
character within the range of BMW X models as a whole.
• The striking frontal view clearly expresses the robust and
powerful character of the car by emphasising its sheer width. A
floor protection element finished in a different colour gives
additional emphasis to the wide track.
• The BMW Concept X1 comes with dual round headlights cut off at
the top in the typical style of the BMW brand, complete with a
white-coloured horizontal cover at the top edge. The position of
the headlights and foglamps brings back the three-eye face of
other BMW X models.
• Six contour lines and the three-dimensional shape define the
surface design of the engine compartment lid emanating a strong
feeling of dynamic performance. The inner lines taper out
sharply to the front towards the BMW kidney grille, the outer
lines continue into the shoulder contours at the side.
• Through its centre of gravity visibly positioned right in the
middle, the small distance between the front axle and the
steering wheel, and the almost square contours of the wheel
cutouts, the side view of the BMW Concept X1 draws a clear
parallel to other BMW X models. Black body surrounds
made of a special, robust synthetic material highlight the clear
orientation towards the wheels. The sturdy, silver-coloured roof
railing extends far to the rear, determining the course of the
roofl ine together with the spoiler at the back.
• Characteristic rear end with L-shaped rear light clusters
ensuring a homogeneous light effect thanks to LED light tubes.
Raked to a low angle, the rear window gives the BMW Concept X1 a
truly sporting touch, the horizontal lines emphasising the sheer
width of the vehicle.
• As a special design feature specific to this model,
three-dimensional surrounds encompass the headlights and rear
light clusters and help to create the special graphics of the
Once again the
successful history of BMW X models is opening up the door for
further inspiration in the development of innovative vehicle
concepts: The BMW Concept X1 offers all the thrill of agile
and versatile mobility also beyond the beaten track in a new segment
Proudly presenting this
new Concept Car, BMW is offering an outlook at the world’s first
Sports Activity Vehicle in the premium compact segment.
Through its design alone, this new concept model clearly expresses
all the strengths and qualities of such a vehicle, the BMW Concept
a strong touch of agility and versatility both in its driving
qualities and practical use. And at the same time the Concept Car
clearly reveals the stylish elegance of this five-door as well as
its modern function.
Creating this unique
Concept Car, BMW is catering for the demands of a modern target
group in search of an up-to-date automobile meeting both the
challenges of everyday traffic and the personal needs of many
purchasers for an active lifestyle and a versatile driving
The BMW Concept X1
expresses that very special sheer driving pleasure so typical in
this unique form of a BMW X model combined with a high standard of
all-round functionality. So now these qualities are for the first
time being carried over to a vehicle in the premium compact segment.
Ongoing innovation in the Sports
Activity segment established by BMW.
As the founder of the
Sports Activity Vehicle segment, BMW has already proven its
outstanding competence in developing innovative vehicle concepts.
Indeed, the German premium car maker fi rst established its position
as the leader in innovation in this segment – a position BMW still
holds today – in 1999 through the presentation of the
first-generation BMW X5.
In a market segment
previously dominated by conventional offroaders, the BMW X5, through
its outstanding dynamic driving qualities alone, set new standards
right from the beginning.
Now in its second
generation, the BMW X5, through its superior driving qualities and
wide range of practical use as well as its luxurious interior
ambience, still sets the standard for vehicles in its category to
this very day.
potential offered by this new segment of vehicles also enabled BMW
at a very early point to carry over the attractive features of this
Sports Activity Vehicle to other market segments. In the guise of
the BMW X3, for example, outstanding agility on all kinds of terrain
also proved to be
a huge success in the segment below the BMW X5. Indeed, the BMW X3
was the first and for many years the only vehicle in this segment to
come from a premium manufacturer, with worldwide sales of the BMW X3
now amounting to more than 500,000 units.
The ongoing expansion of
the BMW X model range is likewise the result of the unique,
innovative power offered by the world’s most successful manufacturer
of premium cars. The BMW X6 launched this year, for example, is the
world’s first Sports Activity Coupé to successfully enter the
This unique model combining the dynamic lines of a Coupé with the
superior power and cultivated robustness of a BMW X model, continues
the emphasis on dynamic driving qualities originally initiated with
the BMW X5, maintaining BMW’s philosophy most clearly and
convincingly. Indeed, BMW has
once again, through the BMW X6, set the foundation for a brand-new
type of vehicle reaching additional target groups now once again
thrilled by the BMW X model concept accounting in the meantime for
sales of more than 1.2 million units the world over.
BMW X models: unique
concept, superior technology, outstanding quality.
The global success and
great appeal of BMW’s X models results not only from the precise and
target group-oriented development of this vehicle concept, but also
from the implementation of typical BMW features in this category.
Hence, the particular thrill and unique style of every BMW X model
forms a perfect match with uncompromising premium quality.
The unique driving
characteristics of a BMW X model result not just from the concept,
but also from BMW’s worldwide leadership in the area of drive
systems. And last but certainly not least in this context, the huge
innovative power of the BMW Group comes out clearly also in the
features of BMW’s X models featuring superior suspension technology
and driver assistance systems as well as a supreme standard of
safety and comfort.
Yet another essential factor is that every BMW X model combines this
exclusive range of qualities with a level of efficiency quite
unparalleled in the respective segment: In their balance of
performance and fuel consumption, BMW’s X models achieve a standard
generally far superior to comparable
models built by the competition.
Again last but
definitely not least, the modern and up-to-date character of BMW’s X
models comes out clearly through their stable value, non-partisan
market studies regularly confirming the lasting value of the BMW X5
and the BMW X3 as pre-owned cars.
All this sets the
foundation for BMW’s entry into another market segment where the BMW
Concept X1 already reveals the perspectives involved. The
Compact Car clearly shows which features are to be expected of a BMW
X model in the segment of premium compact vehicles. Through its
design alone, the new model clearly belongs to the range of BMW X
vehicles – while at the same time it offers all these features in
truly individual style representing the design language so typical
The Concept Car clearly
confi rms BMW’s claim to offer maximum driving pleasure and
efficiency, versatility and functionality, as well as safety,
comfort, and quality also in the premium compact segment. And with
all these factors already being largely considered and taken into
account in the BMW Concept X1, it is fair to say that an appropriate
production model will see the light of day within just one year.
The BMW X1: authentic transition
of the BMW X model concept into a new vehicle segment
In its design and
driving characteristics, every BMW X model bears out the
unmistakable DNA of this kind of vehicle, at the same time showing
an individual rendition of the brand and the features typical of the
concept. This clearly ensures the authentic transition of the brand
values and characteristic
features of a BMW X model into each market segment.
The BMW Concept X1
naturally lives up to this demanding standard and claim, the Concept
Car clearly standing out as a BMW X model from every angle, despite
its body dimensions smaller than a BMW X6, a BMW X5, and a BMW X3.
At the same time the design of the new car establishes typical
BMW features again refl ecting the specifi c characteristics of the
premium compact segment and generating new momentum in the
appreciation and perception of vehicles in this class.
Introducing the BMW
Concept X1, BMW is taking on the leading role also in the premium
compact class. For the first time the characteristics of a Sports
Activity Vehicle are being carried over authentically into this
market segment, creating the concept of a vehicle which, in an urban
environment, ensures the highest conceivable level of freedom and
spontaneous activity. Indeed, the BMW Concept X1 presents mobility
options never seen before in this segment. The new model offers
versatility and agility in a compact rendition, thus providing a
very appropriate interpretation of the sheer driving pleasure
so typical of a BMW X model in our current day and age.
millimetres or 175.5" in length, the BMW Concept X1 is 108
millimetres or almost 4.3" shorter than the BMW X3. The wheelbase of
the BMW Concept X1, in turn, measures 2,760 mm or 104.4".
Through its proportions
and four doors together with a large tailgate, the Concept Car hints
towards a very generous feeling and experience of space. In
addition, the clear design and shape of the vehicle bears testimony
to a high level of function meeting all the driver’s and passengers’
in everyday traffic. And last but not least, the BMW Concept X1
combines all these features with the self-confident elegance so
typical of a premium vehicle. Through these qualities alone,
therefore, the BMW Concept X1 is destined to become the trendsetter
for a modern style of urban mobility
clearly pointing into the future.
Front-end design: dynamic lines,
characteristic emphasis on width.
The sculptural lines of
the new model make the BMW Concept X1 a truly exceptional highlight
in the premium compact segment with all the features and qualities
of a BMW X model. The front end, the side and rear merge smoothly
into one another, their various surfaces forming one whole and
striking lines creating a smooth and flowing link between the
individual elements of the body.
Design features typical
of the brand additionally emphasize the unmistakable look and impact
of the vehicle, the upright BMW kidney grille, dual round headlights
cut off at the top, the large, almost square wheel cutouts, the
black band stretching around the lower section of the vehicle, the
distinctive contour line along the side and the horizontal lines at
the rear again clearly confirming that this concept car is a genuine
X model from BMW.
The powerful stature of
a BMW X model comes out clearly in new design at the front end of
the BMW Concept X1. The DNA typical of BMW X is also to be found in
the strikingly contoured engine compartment lid and the structure of
the upright BMW kidney grille with its extra-wide bars positioned
far apart from one another at the outside on the BMW Concept X1,
thus symbolising the robust nature of the vehicle.
Through their sharply
cut “eyelids”, the dual round headlights so typical of BMW offer a
clear view and focus, white-coloured horizontal covers at the top
enhancing this effect to an even higher standard.
Innovative surface design highlighting the vehicle’s striking
Innovative surface design
highlighting the vehicle's striking features.
Yet another innovative
design feature is the three-dimensional surrounds on the headlights.
This particular design element to be admired on the BMW Concept X1
and reflected by the surrounds on the headlights and the side window
graphics highlights the superior technical character of the
headlight units with their clear glass look in a very convincing
manner. Again reflecting the typical style of a BMW X model, the
foglamps are positioned far to the outside, just above the air
The robust character of
the BMW Concept X1 is further emphasized by the car’s underfloor
protection. This protection unit bearing clear reference to the use
of the vehicle off the beaten track, takes on a particularly
sophisticated and elegant style through its silver paintwork – and
at the same time the front frame around this protection element
forms the lower surround on the air intake.
Together with another
silver crossbar extending across the entire width of the air intake,
this forms two contrasting horizontal lines giving the vehicle an
even more powerful and wider look.
The surface design of
the powerfully contoured engine lid is characterised by six striking
contour lines moving towards one another in a V-shape at the front
of the vehicle. The two inner lines lead to the BMW kidney grille
where they almost meet one another, while the two outer contour
lines extend in the opposite direction from the front end of the
engine compartment lid all the way to the side section of the
vehicle where they continue into the shoulder lines extending all
the way to the back. Again, this particular flow of lines emphasizes
the sculptural design of the BMW Concept X1 connecting all
body elements with one another.
Side view: an especially sleek
look combined with the features
typical of a BMW X model.
Both the unmistakable
proportions of the BMW Concept X1 and the newly interpreted features
of a BMW X model come out clearly at the side of the car. The
silhouette of this compact fi ve-door is particularly sleek and
stretched out, giving the entire vehicle a very sporting and agile
look. And at the same time the raked tailgate adds a coupé-like
With its short front
body overhang, the waistline slightly lower around the A-pillars,
the large wheel arches with their almost square contours and the
black plastic protection panels on the lower level of the body, the
BMW Concept X1 comes with all the typical features of a BMW X model
also from the side.
highlight is the visibly low centre of gravity bearing clear
reference on the BMW X models to the harmonious interaction of the
front and rear wheels in conveying the power of the engine to the
road. On the BMW Concept X1 this connection is further highlighted
by a crease line on
the lower edge of the plastic frame running along the entire length
of the sidesills finished in silver. The dynamic, powerful surface
modelling of this element provides an attractive interplay of light
and shade, again accentuating – like the strong, sturdy and
sophisticated underfloor protection front and rear – the
refi ned but robust nature of this new Concept Car.
The surrounds on the
side windows come in a particularly elegant three-dimensional look
taking up the design language already to be admired on the
headlights and rear lights. Again, this expresses the dynamic
contours of the window graphics including the contour-swing at the
bottom of the D-pillars
well known as the “Hofmeister kick”.
Striking flow of lines with that
The BMW Concept X1
offers a highly attractive interplay of concave and convex surfaces
between the characteristic lines to be admired at the side. The
interaction of light and shade created in this way gives the entire
vehicle a powerful and agile look, the shoulder line extending out
engine compartment lid and fl owing along the side of the car
emphasising its dynamic character.
The lower character
line, as it is called, running parallel to the side-sills, creates a
unique, exceptional touch in the side view of the BMW Concept X1.
This character line starts around the direction indicator at the
side, initially moving down slightly and then striving upwards first
quite moderately and then with increasing dynamism before tapering
out in the rear door. In its sweeping flow of power, the character
line ends exactly at the window surround on the window graphics with
its “Hofmeister kick”, thus creating the impression of one complete
contour extending over the entire side view of the vehicle.
The flow of this
character line first rising up moderately and then in an
increasingly dynamic process offers a particular highlight in design
also reflected on the engine compartment lid, on the contours around
the rear lights and the lines on the side mirrors, and thus adding
yet another striking touch to the BMW Concept X1. Both the robust
character and the variable functionality of the BMW Concept X1 are
highlighted by the strong and sturdy roof railing extending far back
to the rear and ending in the air flow spoiler. Finished in Liquid
Silver, the roof railing is indeed yet another feature emphasizing
the refined look and premium character of the entire vehicle.
The BMW Concept X1 comes
on 19-inch light-alloy rims in high-quality innovative ten-spoke
design again characteristic of BMW’s X models. The newly designed,
twin-colour wheels add a special touch of urban sportiness and
agility in particularly elegant style. The narrow spokes on the
rims, in turn, are twisted slightly to the outside, while the rim
bars are cut off at the front, proudly presenting the bright silver
colour of polished aluminium. The side flanks and the rim hump,
finally, are finished in Dark Grey to provide a particularly
Striking rear view with innovative
Like the front view, the
rear view of the BMW Concept X1 is again characterised by the
underfloor protection finished in silver. The rear frame of the
broad protection element creates a contrasting colour highlight also
at this point, again emphasising the impressive width of the
In their design, the
rear lights combine those unique shapes so typical of BMW and truly
innovative technology. The light clusters come with BMW’s
characteristic L-contours proudly boasting their typical shape also
at night. This unique night design is further highlighted by
BMW’s innovative technology, with consistently fluorescent,
red-glowing rows of lights fed by LED light units serving as the
light source. The result is a genuinely homogeneous fl ow of light
with a powerful signalling effect on energy consumption
significantly lower than with conventional lights.
Here again, the rear
frame of the extra-wide protective element adds an attractive
position of the rear light clusters moved far to the outside into
the rear side panels. The rows of lights formed by fluorescent tubes
continues all round into the side of the vehicle where the lights
move up slightly, thus emphasising the L-shaped contours of the
light clusters even more distinctly. Again, this
three-dimensional look contributes to the characteristic night
design of the BMW Concept X1.
Last but certainly not
least, the paintwork on the BMW Concept X1 emphasises the
innovative, modern and sophisticated character of the vehicle, the
new Meridian Gold Metallic paintwork colour accentuating the
youthful and dynamic look of the Concept Car. Indeed, this strong
golden-yellow finish is truly fascinating both in the glow of
headlights from other vehicles and in the bright sunshine, creating
a highly effective play of light and adding additional momentum to
the artistically chiselled surfaces of the BMW Concept X1.