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The Mercury Cars Guide : July 11th 2009
20— Classifieds 62 300 400 • carsguide.com.au Saturday, July 11, 2009 BMW’s new urban legend STYLE: The BMW X1 is scheduled to arrive in Australian showrooms in February. The model’s only direct competitor will be Audi’s new Q3. the X1, the baby of the marque’s soft-roader brigade. B First official pictures of the undisguised X1, released in Europe last week,showthe urban- targeted SUV sports a youthful, crossover look rather than the more rugged off-road demeanour of the bigger X5 and X3. BMWAustralia is quietly confi- dent the X1, due in Australian showrooms in February, will ap- peal to a new group of buyers looking for a touch of luxury in the small-SUV segment, which is dominated by more mainstream offerings such as the ToyotaRAV4 and the Nissan Dualis. The X1’s only direct competitor, Audi’s new Q3, is not expected to reach Australia until the end of next year at the earliest. ‘‘X1 buyers will differ from traditional 4WD shoppers in that they really aren’t peoplewhohave any intention of going off-road in their car,’’ BMW Australia’s Toni Andreevski says. ‘‘They’re urban-based, but are looking for a little more luxury in a style of car that until now hasn’t really offered that option.’’ MW’s quest for a young- er core of customers is stepping up a gear with the imminent arrival of ‘ It’s the go-anywhere feel of the car that is most important. ’ BMW is confident the X1 will appeal to a new group of buyers. ‘ MORE LUXURY: The interior of the BMW X1. BMW Australia’s confidence in the urbanisation of the X1 won’t stretch — at least initially — to offering a two-wheel-drive ver- sion, but Andreevski says that could be an option further down the track. ‘‘We won’t be offering a two- wheel-drive model at launch, but it’s certainly something we’re looking at,’’ he says. ‘‘We will monitor market re- quirements and, if there’s a clear demand for that, then it’s cer- tainly possible.’’ Andreevski says the X1 will fit into BMW’s model garage com- fortably below the X3. Although it will appeal to people who don’t intend to go off-road, it has the same points of attraction larger 4WDs offer, he says. ‘‘The X1 will appeal to people who like the styling and the practicality of a higher driving position and extra space, but don’t need the size of a serious off- roader. ‘‘It’s the go-anywhere feel of the car that is most important.’’ BMW won’t set pricing for the X1 untilmuchcloser to the launch date, but indications are the entry- level two-litre diesel will arrive below the luxury-tax threshold, in the low $50,000 range. Heading the all-diesel engine choices will be a 150kW/400Nm, ’ twin-turbo four with variable- vane technology. Although final specification lev- els are still being determined for Australia, it’s likely BMW will be anxious to squeeze as many of its EfficientDynamics fuel-saving tech- nologies as possible into the X1. That means Australian models may benefit from technology such as brake energy regeneration, an automatic stop-start facility and a gearshift-point indicator. In Europe, the X1 will be offered with a choice of four engines: an in-line petrol six and a trio of four- cylinder diesels. The star of the European range will be the rear-wheel-drive 1.8d, DRIVEAWAYNO MORE TO PAY! $7.75 per day† Only 12,000km 1.5 litre automatic, ABS brakes, alloy wheels, remainder of new car warranty. Stock No. 321565 08 MITSUBISHI Colt †To approved business clients only, with a $2,500 deposit over five years with a 30% residual payment. Interest rate 10.50%. DRIVE WAS$15,990 NOW $14, 990 AWAY WAS$15,990 NOW $15, 1.4 litre automatic, front & side curtain airbags, 6 disc CD player, alloy wheels. Stock No. 321713 08 NISSAN Micra 490 DRIVE AWAY $8.00 per day† Only $6.00 per day† www.djmotors.com.au firstname.lastname@example.org Easy finance 42,000km 1.5 litre automatic, dual airbags, ABS brakes. 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The interior has a wide range of open storage boxes, trays and cupholders on the centre console, as well as generous closed storage areas in the dash. The three full-sized seats in the rear have a backrest that is adjustable for angle and with a 40/20/40 split-fold. Luggage ca- pacity ranges from 420 litres with the seats in place to a very useful 1350 litres when they’re folded. The X1 will be built at BMW’s Leipzig plant in Germany. KEVIN HEPWORTH
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