BMW says interest in its new X1 baby soft-roader has been high despite the fact that the car doesn’t arrive in Australia for another six months.
BMW Australia general manager of marketing, Tom Noble, said more than 1000 people have registered for information ahead of its launch.
“That’s a lot higher than we expected at this early stage, and it’s possibly an indication that the X1 is generating a lot of interest among its chief target groups,” he said.
The X1 is built on the same platform as the 3 Series and has similar dimensions to the Volvo XC60, which suggests pricing may start at low $50,000s, under-cutting the base X3 at $62,200.
The XC60 was Volvo’s most popular car in October, selling 92 units, suggesting that the premium compact segment is a growing one.
The five X1 models available overseas each come with a different engine and unique combinations of rear-wheel or all-wheel drive, petrol or diesel, and manual or automatic transmission.
But Australia is expected to start with just two models and they will both be all-wheel drives and diesels.
The 130kW/350Nm xDrive20d will come with the choice of six-speed gearboxes, hits 100km/h in 8.4 seconds, uses just 5.8 litres/100km and emits 153g/km CO2.
The higher-spec, auto-only xDrive23d packs 20 more kilowatts and 50 more Newton-metres of torque, slashing the sprint time by over a second while still managing 6.3-litres/100km and CO2 outputs of 167g/km.
BMW is also considering a 1.8-litre diesel for the X1, but its introduction will depend on the car’s success following its launch in April next year.
by Tim Beissmann