Posted: 04/30/07 03:08 PM
Report: BMW 1-Series-Based Softroader Still In The Mix
Is BMW still planning on a small off-road vehicle based on their 1-series? We haven’t heard much about it in the past year or so, but Autocar believes that the vehicle is very much on the table. In a small print-only article from the April 4 issue, the rumormongers at the UK publication say that the crossover is likely to also form the basis for a mooted-branded MINI SUV.
Autocar points to a BMW employee at the company’s Munich R&D center that was spotted driving a Honda Element as proof that that the company is still up to something. This might not be all that significant of an observation, until one realizes that Honda doesn’t sell that particular model in Germany (or any surrounding countries that we can think of). Of course, the company’s engineers could be benchmarking any of a million different things, from suspension settings to the damping action of a pop-out cupholder. But we digress.
Earlier rumor mill reports peg the vehicle as offering…
…a range of four- to six-cylinder engines running on both gas and diesel power, with all four wheels churning thanks to an all-wheel drive system cribbed from the X3.
If the scuttlebutt is correct, the baby Bimmer is likely to be called “X1,” and it would probably tangle with Land Rover’s Discovery/LR2 in the premium compact SUV class.
Earlier rumor mill reports peg the vehicle as offering a range of four- to six-cylinder engines running on both gas and diesel power, with all four wheels churning thanks to an all-wheel drive system cribbed from the X3.