2011 BMW X1 – Click above for high-res image gallery

Call the BMW X1 what you like. A hatchback with an identity crisis. A BMW crossover with a Napoleon complex. But whatever you call it, you can't argue with its success. Since going on sale less than two years ago in Europe, the smallest of Munich's X Series has sold out in just about every market it's reached. Which is why it's not here in America yet – the Bavarian automaker just can't keep up with demand, and taking a bite out of the U.S. market is more than it can chew at the moment.

That won't stop the X1 from reaching our neighbors to the north, though. A BMW dealership in the affluent Toronto suburb of Thornhill has announced that the X1 is coming to that vast frozen landmass above the 49th Parallel, verified by the inclusion of the CUV's presence on the BMW Canada website, but not on BMW USA's.

It won't be the first time the Canucks are getting an import before America does – the Mercedes-Benz B-Class stands as another notable German example – but could this prove a precursor to the crossover's arrival in the United States? We'll just have to sit tight and see – either that or defect northwards. Thanks for the tip, Jamal!



[Source: BMW Autohaus]


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      Anthony P
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'm pretty sure this car is available in all of Canada and not just Ontario ;) It went on sale in Montreal a month ago....
        mkM3
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Anthony P
        Yeah, I was gonna say that AB was a little late to the party on this one.
      psy-q
      • 3 Years Ago
      Well I have studied that issue in college for my auto program... In Canada consumers are a lot more "european-like" than americans. That is due to the fact that our mega cities ( Toronto and Vancouver) are something like 80% immigrants. I myself migrated from Europe 9 years ago . Therefore we see a lot more "eauropean" car buyng decisions here. Tonnes more manuals sold here ( proportionally) than in the states. We are not scared of hatchbacks ( Mazda 3 sells more Hatches than sedans. In fact it is our number 1 selling car) and when I worked for VW on one of the autoshows, a lot of current owners love their diesels. I have sales data and articles to back it up, I am not just making this up. Thats why B-class (small premium hatch), Acura CSX (small premium), SMART and now the X1 are Canada-exclusive...at least for now. Oh and the reason you Americans got the Mazda2? Beacuse we are selling AS MUCH as you guys are...thats with us having a population 10 times smaller!
        Arli
        • 3 Years Ago
        @psy-q
        Bro you're way off with that number. In Toronto, I think it's a 50% foreign-born : Canadian-born ratio. Vancouver would be similar too. I was born in Europe myself too. But I'll agree with you, Canada is like the bridge between Europe and the US. We're not a copy of America as people like to think. When I get around to owning a car, I'm going to make sure it's: A. A manual B. European-made simply because I like the quality and style more (I'd like to start out with a used Mini, but owning a car and going through uni isn't easy lol)
      Oliver D
      • 3 Years Ago
      Odd post, because the X1 in Canada was confirmed a long time ago. They've been on the bmw.ca configurator for a few weeks now.
      rmkensington
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not really sure thats a bad thing.
      Hazdaz
      • 3 Years Ago
      God, that thing is awful looking. BMW what the heck happened to you? You might not have had the pretties cars out there, but they were at least handsome. You guys better get your act together before the next-gen 3 comes out because it better not be as terrible as the recently introduced 6 and this awful X3.
      Harry
      • 3 Years Ago
      Not really sure how I feel about this new X1, I don't see any point to it with BMW already producing the X3 and the X5. I mean if you really need something smaller why not just go with a car? or a nice hatchback? I guess we'll find out once it hits the market.
        PeterK
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Harry
        the X1 is the new X3, the X3 the new X5 - talking in dimensions > X5 doesn't really have a future in Europe.. not sure how the next one will be like though :)
      simsjohn822
      • 3 Years Ago
      I was recently in Europe where I found myself behind one in traffic; I had to look at the badge to verify that it was in fact a BMW. The sections on the rear are sort of melted and the graphics sag and droop. I eventually got around to see the side and front and concluded that BMW was at least consistent; the styling all the way around is clumsy and heavy-handed. From a distance, it looks over-bodied on its wheels. Five years ago, a Hyundai badge would not have looked out of place on the hood and tail. Honestly this thing reminds me of the women I saw on the outskirts of Monaco who have had one too many botox (botulinum toxin) injections; the result bears more than a passing resemblance to a prostitute well past her prime. Someone needs to tell BMW that D&G inspired fashion died with flame surfacing. To be fair, Mercedes is not doing any better and I could say the same for more than one of the mainstream European automakers (see Citroen's new C4 for example).
      Ak74
      • 3 Years Ago
      Pretty sweet looking car
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Keep it. We don't need yet another ugly poseur SUV / Crossover bought by fashion victims that crave anything with a BMW badge. Hey, maybe we'll get lucky and BMW will build an X2 and an X4 just for us!
      Mayoman
      • 3 Years Ago
      There are also Canada specific models like the Acura CSX (a fancy civic) It's mostly cuz cars here cost so much more than they do in the US. In Canada a X3 starts at $41,900 in the US the same car starts at $36,750 So there is more incentive to bring lower priced models like the X1 to Canada.
        MachDelta
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mayoman
        Maybe if they stopped trying to gouge us, we'd be interested in the higher end models. I love how we assemble cars up here that, even with a stronger dollar, end up being 10-15% more expensive to buy here than when they're shipped south. Bloody retarded.
          • 3 Years Ago
          @MachDelta
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      Mike
      • 3 Years Ago
      There's one sitting in front of my local BMW dealership here in Ontario, Canada... I'm pretty sure it's for sale :)
        j-MAL
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Mike
        Which one, I'm curious to see it's dimensions in person.
      BMMER2
      • 3 Years Ago
      I drove behind one for awhile and got a good look at the X1 badge, had to look twice. I am only on this site due to the fact that i had to come home and google it. It was white, and was driving west on the 905 in San Diego. Sweet, it is selling out in the EU I read.
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