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The BMW X1 compact crossover went on sale in Europe in November 2009, and ever since its launch, we've heard plenty of reports about the CUV's on-sale date being pushed back here in the United States. The X1 is in very high demand in Europe, and limited supplies are what's causing the crossover's launch here in the U.S. to be delayed. Automotive News now reports that the X1 will not arrive on our shores until the end of 2012. BMW had initially planned to launch the X1 in the U.S. earlier this year.

Another key factor for the X1's late arrival in the U.S. is strong early demand for the larger X3 crossover, which received a complete overhaul for the 2011 model year. BMW sold 5,710 X3s in the first quarter of 2011, compared to 1,355 units in Q1 2010. Even with its delay here in the U.S., the X1 is still scheduled to arrive at Canadian dealerships in the very near future.




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      Zoom
      • 3 Years Ago
      My guess is it will be neutered (automatic-only) when it is finally offered here.
      Currie
      • 3 Years Ago
      I live in outside toronto and ive seen plenty of these x1's test driving and to be honest they look kinda cheap with all the black plastic on the body and they are surprisingly big for a compact suv...i dont see these selling very well.
      Dump
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just not impressed by the X1 design. I thinking that the small the Bimmer, the better-looking they'd get. Guess the formula only works well for the MINI brand.
      tantareanujellob
      • 3 Years Ago
      This is what BMW needs. Yet another 'SUV/crossover/i fell asleep looking at it' thing.
        Zoom
        • 3 Years Ago
        @tantareanujellob
        You mean one that is soldout everywhere? Yeah, BMW doesn't need a hit product.
          Justin
          • 3 Years Ago
          @Zoom
          Volume to an extent, unless you want a BMW Camry.
      throwback
      • 3 Years Ago
      No rush BMW we have enough of your eurotrash here, yes I am talking about the X3 and x6.
      rallyman
      • 3 Years Ago
      I call BS. If it's not available in the US for a year or more, but available in Canada? I bet it doesn't meet either an impact or an emissions regulation in the US, or they predict a poor score in IIHS impact testing. Very rarely is a vehicle unable to meet demand fairly quickly. Sure, the PT Cruiser is one example, because no one thought it would catch on so quickly. But I don't think the X1 really has the cult status of the PT Cruiser when it launched.
        Kumar
        • 3 Years Ago
        @rallyman
        It's probably more about profit margins than availability. They appear to be making more on the X3 now and don't want to jeopardize those sales for a smaller, slightly less expensive version.
      MockingBird
      • 3 Years Ago
      It's already on sale in Canada.
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      QAZZY
      • 3 Years Ago
      I don't think you understand, BMW. We don't want it. Now if you do end up bringing this, might as well appease us with these: -New, torquier, M3 (with wagon) -Kill the X6 and X3 -New 3-series with four-cylinder and more diesel options -The complaints could continue, but I'll stop here.
      MockingBird
      • 3 Years Ago
      If you are used to the standard of materials that you have come to expect in a 3 series, just shut your eyes and don't touch the surfaces when you get into an X1. Otherwise, you will be sorrily disappointed. Cheapification is one process BMW could make it "affordable". As usual, the options packages are frustrating - things that you want are packaged with stuff that you could do without.
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