BMW to build 'Beggar's Edition' SUV

Tuesday, 22 May 2012

Beggars, it seems, can be choosers when it comes to BMWs in China.

Beggars, it seems, can be choosers when it comes to BMWs in China.The German brand's Oriental arm is reportedly set to add a new model to its X1 compact SUV lineup known as the ''Beggar's Edition''.China Car Times reports the new Qi Gai Ban model is likely to be sold for about 260,000 Yuan (NZ$53,583) – a 40,000 Yuan discount over the current base model (which sells for about NZ$61,823).The new car is likely to be comprehensively de-specified, with BMW expected to remove the media screen and DVD/satnav system and steering wheel-mounted audio controls.It's also expected to have cloth door trims and seats rather than leather, while the outside also gets different cheaper headlights without xenon lamps and the associated washers, a different front and rear bumper, no wing mirror indicators and a different rear spoiler.According to China Car Times, the X1 Beggar's Edition will likely be available in manual only, with automatic offered as standard on more expensive models.The X1 Beggar's Edition is set to go on sale in China in the second half of 2012.