BMW X1 Concet officially announced image

BMW will expand its X model range in 2009 with its smallest luxury 4WD yet.

The German car maker has released official photos and details of its new X1 in concept form ahead of its 2008 Paris motor show debut, though the production version will be near identical when it joins the X3, X5 and X6 in Australian showrooms next year.

Based on the new 1 Series, but taller and stockier, the new mini SAV from BMW size-wise is supposed to be comparable to Toyota’s RAV4 – and will actually be sharing components (and possibly some cladding) with Mini’s new off-roader.  The X1 will supposedly arrive with full-time four-wheel drive and we’re assuming with all the normal BMW bells-and-whistles.

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″.

The taillights resemble those of the facelifted 3-Series, while the grille reminds us of the redesigned 7-Series. The headlights are angular and unique, and the foglights are positioned relatively high on the front fascia. The upward sweeping shoulderline and sloped rear window give the impression of an X6-like rear, despite a relatively conventional storage area.

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 next-generation X3, due in 2010, will increase its dimensions to create a greater size gap to the X1.