Images and details of BMW's Concept X1 have been released ahead of its Paris show debut in response to the premature leaking of images onto the internet.
This concept moves Munich's SAV (or sports activity vehicle) idea to the compact segment, but it certainly is not small. Exterior dimensions are an overall length of 4 457 mm (off a 2 760-mm wheelbase)
and a width, at the rear, of just over 1 500 mm.
This means Concept X1 is not much smaller than the X3, so it will be very interesting to see how these co-exist in when the concept makes it to production "within one year."
According to BMW, this concept provides few solid clues to the actual production model.
It isn't pretty in the traditional sense, but the front end is typical to BMW's X models with its dual round headlamps and upright kidney grille, while the manufacturer's signature Hofmeister Kick and "flame surfacing" are again visible.
The rear light cluster shows some interesting detail not seen before and the L-shaped rear clusters use LED light tubes for a thoroughly modern look.
The concept rides on 19-inch light-alloy wheels with a 10-spoke design.
No engine details were included in the the concept's release and BMW SA said it was too early to discuss these particulars.
And should this model make it to production, will it become available in South Africa?
"Several things will need to be taken into consideration."
"It would need to be determined whether the engines could be configured for a hot weather climate such as South Africa's, if there would be demand and if we (BMW SA) could price it correctly."
But if you're a BMW fan hoping to catch a glimpse of this concept at the upcoming Johannesburg International Motor Show, you'll be disappointed.
"Unfortunately, the concept will not be shown at JIMS."