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BMW-Brilliance X1 to go on sale in first quarter of 2012

GUANGZHOU – BMW-Brilliance X1, the first Chinese-made SUV of BMW has made its debut at Guangzhou Auto Show. The model will be produced in BMW-Brilliance’s new plant located in Tiexi, Shenyang and hit the market in the first quarter of 2012.

The locally made X1 have dimensions of 4,469×1,798×1,583 mm (LxWxH) and a wheelbase of 2,760 mm.

Four versions of the X1 are equipped with 2.0L naturally aspirated engines or 2.0T turbocharged engines. The 2.0T engine can achieve 135 kW/270 Nm and 180 kW/350 Nm at the maximum, and is associated with rear- and four-wheel drive systems and 8-speed transmission.

The BMW7202AS, or the entry-level X1 sDrive18i (rear-wheel drive version), has adopted the N46B20CC 2.0L 4-cylinder inline naturally aspirated engine, which can generate a maximum power of110 kW and a top torque of 200 Nm, paired with 6-speed AMT.

The price range of imported BMW X1 is ¥367,000-¥565,000 ($53,970-$83,088). By applying smaller displacement engines and with reduced cost due to production localization, prices of Chinese-made X1s will be lower than the imports. This will be an advantage when competing with its rival Audi Q3 which will be imported to China in 2012.

According to CBU-Autostats, BMW-Brilliance sold 85,857 vehicles in the first 10 months of 2011, an increase of 55.46 percent year-on-year. Sales of BMW in China in 2011 are expected to exceed 200,000 vehicles including more than 100,000 units of Chinese-made BMW cars.

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