World debut of
a concept BMW X model in the premium compact segment.
Weltpremiere für das Konzept eines
BMW X Modells im Premium-Kompaktsegment.
The First Sports Activity Vehicle in
the Premium Compact Segment: The BMW Concept X1.
Once again the
successful histor y 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 mobilit y also beyond the
beaten track in a new segment of vehicles.
Proudly presenting this new Concept Car,BMW is offering an
out look at the world s . rst Spor ts Activit y Vehicle in the premium
compact segment. Through its design alone,this new concept model clearly
expres ses all the strengths and qualities of such a vehicle,the BMW Concept
X1 exuding a strong touch of agilit y and versatilit y both in its driving
qualities and practical use. And at the same time the Concept Car clearly
reveals the st ylish elegance of this . ve-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
lifest yle and a versatile driving experience. 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 hi gh 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 Spor ts Activit y Vehicle segment,BMW
has already proven its outstanding competence in developing innovative vehi
cle concepts. Indeed,the German premium car maker . rst established its posi
tion as the leader in innovation in this segment a position BMW still
holds today in 1999 through the presentation of the . rst-generation
BMW X5. In a market segment previously dominated by conventional of froaders,
the BMW X5,through its outstanding dynamic driving qualities a lone, 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 luxuri ous interior ambience,still sets the standard for
vehicles in its category to this very day. The exceptional potential of fered
by this new segment of vehicles also enabled BMW at a very early point to
carr y over the attractive features of this Spor ts Activit y 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 of fered 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 market. This
unique model combining the dynamic lines of a Coupé with t he 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 thr illed by the BMW X model
concept accounting in the meantime for sales of mor e than 1.2 million units
the world over.
BMW X models: unique concept, superior
The global success and great appeal of BMW s X models results n ot
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 par ticular thrill and unique style of every BMW X model
forms a per fect 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 cer tainly not least in this context, the huge innovative power of the
BMW Group comes out clearly also in the equipment and features of BMW s
X models featuring superior suspension technology and driver assistance systems
as well as a supreme standard of safet y 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 per formance 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 invol ved. 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 of fers all
these features in truly individual style representing the design language
so typical of BMW. The Concept Car clearly confirms 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 reflecting
the specific 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 of fers 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. Measuring 4,457
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 propor tions 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 requirements 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 sur faces forming one whole and striking lines creating
a smooth and flowing link bet ween the i ndividual elements of the body.
Design features typical of the brand additionally emphasise 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 power
ful 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 posit ioned 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 ef fect to an
even higher standard.
Innovative surface design highlighting the vehicle
s striking features.
Yet another innovative design feature is the three-dimensional surrounds
on the headlights.This par ticular 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 st yle of a BMW X model, the foglamps are positioned far to the
outside, just above the air intake scoop. The robust character of the BMW
Concept X1 is fur ther emphasised 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 par ticularly sophisticated and elegant st yle
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 power fully
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 par ticular . ow of lines emphasises the sculptural
design of the BMW Concept X1 connecti ng 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 five-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 appearance.
With its shor t 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. Another characteristic 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 fur ther 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, power ful 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 refined but robust nature
of this new Concept Car. The surrounds on the side windows come in a par
ticularly 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 . ow of lines with that characteristic
The BMW Concept X1 offers a highly attractive interplay of concave and convex
surfaces bet ween the characteristic lines to be admired at the side. The
interaction of light and shade created in this way gives the entire vehicle
a power ful and agile look, the shoulder line extending out of the engine
compar tment lid and flowing 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 star ts 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 emphasising the refined look and premium
character of the entir e 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,t win-colour wheels add a special
touch of urban spor tiness and agilit y in particularly elegant style. The
narrow spokes on the rims, in turn,are twisted slightly to the outside, while
the rim bars are cut of f 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 par ticularly sporting contrast.
Striking rear view with innovative lights
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 vehicle.
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 fur ther 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 flow 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 ef fective play of light and adding additional
momentum to the ar tistically chiselled sur faces of the BMW Concept X1.
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