The BMW X1 came to Frankfurt as the smallest SUV in the BMW range. It boasts a number of great engines and features while promising to be an exemplary performer on and off the road.

BMW's makeshift track at the 2009 IAA in Frankfurt hosted a number of premiers including the brand's smallest SUV (or SAV) yet. The X1 made its entrance to onlookers and could be seen as the antidote to those massive SUVs seen at the turn of the century.

It is designed as a BMW through and through with signature elements like the kidney grille and the Hofmeister kink" at the C pillar.

The interior features the typical surfboard dash with a driver-bias angle and is stocked with sweet gadgets like a CD player, a rear parking camera in some models, a six-speaker sound system, the new iDrive system and a USB port among others.

Models in the range include the xDrive18d with 105kW (143hp) and 320Nm, the xDrive23d with 150kW (204hp) and 400Nm of torque. These are all AWD but RWD options will also be available.

The new X1 goes on sale in the US in 2011 while other markets, notably some in Europe, will get it in early 2010.

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