BMW is preparing four different reveals for this October’s Paris Motor Show, so this will be a busy year for the German automaker. We will be able to see the world debuts of the 2009 3-series range and the recently revealed 7-series saloon, but concept versions of a hybrid 7-series and a new X1 compact crossover as well. Also expected is the new Mini SUV, which is said to be called the “Crossman”. The model will have some components in common with the upcoming X1 and will be on sale at the end of next year.
The recently spotted BMW X1 is based on a combination of platforms used for the 1 and 3-series, with production starting at a BMW plant in Leipzig next summer. The price for the BMW X1 will be higher than for the 1-series, starting close to the $30,000 mark, and should be in showrooms by the end of next year.The 7-series’ powertrain will feature a petrol powered engine mated to a compact generator-motor directly on the gearbox, which will be powered by an array of lithium-ion batteries in the boot. This can be topped using conventional Brake Energy Regeneration technology.Moreover, the next-generation BMW Z4 coupe and convertible are set to be revealed at the Los Angeles Auto Show next month, so busy, busy, busy.