The BMW X1 is coming to the United States.... eventually. We saw the compact crossover way back at the 2009 Frankfurt Motor Show, and we expected it to arrive Stateside not much longer after that. However, it appears a number of factors are keeping it across the pond, which include strong European sales and a weak Euro-Dollar exchange rate.

Constantly postponed, BMW has now decided to put the U.S. launch of the X1 on indefinite hold. It appears we won't see see a U.S.-market X1 until the crossover receives a mid-cycle refresh in 2013. BMW isn't worried about having American car shoppers waiting for their X1 since the automaker believes the X3 will remain its top-selling crossover.


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      kopter28
      • 3 Years Ago
      Just come to Canada and buy one here, plenty of them here.
      tenspeeder
      • 3 Years Ago
      That front looks dowdy and as flat as a brick
      aritao84
      • 3 Years Ago
      Disappointed...
      Shiftright
      • 3 Years Ago
      Ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly, ugly,.....just say 'NO'!
      MXV
      • 3 Years Ago
      WTF are you talking about...the X1 debuted in Canada months ago...are we not part of North America, or are you Yanks that geographically challenged? North America consists of Canada, The United States of America, Mexico, two French territories, and Greenland (Denmark) last time I looked...
        transam
        • 3 Years Ago
        @MXV
        Did we read the same write-up? The article does not mention North America. It uses United States, Stateside, US, and America. Last time I checked all those terms reffered to.....the United States. Yes, the article did not mention that the X1 is available in Canada, but nor did it say it is not available in North America, stop being so defensive.
          CarGuy
          • 3 Years Ago
          @transam
          That's because they just edited it genius.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      Dvanos
      • 3 Years Ago
      Wow that looks very small, looks like its built on the 1 series platform. However i like it, BMW is smart cause most Americans don't like small SUVs let alone a pricey one. I can see why its a hit in Europe.
      WiredRacing
      • 3 Years Ago
      You guys kill me. I have one. The car is great. Don't look at it as an SUV.. because it was barely higher than my 08' Honda Fit. Think of it as a slightly elevated X-drive Touring. Storage space is the same, leg room is better and it performs better. 0-60 is better, fuel economy is better. Crash ratings are phenomenal. Yes the interior could be a little cushier. But the entry price is actually very respectable (38.5K CAD). If you want to feel like you're driving a truck, definitely buy the X3. If you want a car like feel, this is the way to go. The 8spd tranny (I hate autos) is very good. Shifts very fast. The car handles very well, despite it's perceived size. Performance is comparable (+/- < 5%) to the 328. BTW, for context, this is coming from a motorsport competitor. Not someone who sees cars as just tools to get from point A to B. Sure I would take a number of other vehicles (if I had no wife or child) but this is a good compromise all around and results in an enjoyable driving experience. I did like the X3, but it does feel big driving it. The X1 does not feel big (because it isn't). We also drove the touring.. while the touring has a SLIGHTLY nicer interior, everything else was more enjoyable in the X1. Anyhow.. isn't it the best selling vehicle in Europe right now? Every single one being built is already sold? The Europeans here complaining about it are the minority it would seem.
        Lachmund
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WiredRacing
        LOL at best selling vehicle. maybe best selling compact suv, but it's barely a suv though. i just hate it for the looks. front and back are hideously overstyled.
        Tuga
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WiredRacing
        *Anyhow.. isn't it the best selling vehicle in Europe right now?* No. Not even in it's class, it isn't. It sells pretty well though, loads of them on the streets. All ugly, every single one of them.
        WiredRacing
        • 3 Years Ago
        @WiredRacing
        BTW, it's built on the 3 series touring platform. 1 series interior, 3 series "technology", new motor (Turbo 2.0L (241hp @5500 and 258lb-ft @ 1250) mated to their 8spd tranny, the same motor is going into the Z4, and a new 5 series.
      Myself
      • 3 Years Ago
      The car is an insult and as a European I'd like to see them all exported Stateside... But I'm sure there's plenty of folks in the US who want this Bayerische joke of a design stay in the EU.
      Lachmund
      • 3 Years Ago
      you can have it, if you want it. we in europe could happily get rid of that design. it looks terrible...the lines are just not fitting. it's one case where people are stupid enough to buy it, just because it's a bmw. i don't know anyone who likes this design. front and back just look wrong, and the interior is cheap.
      • 3 Years Ago
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      brian
      • 3 Years Ago
      That's OK - Just another ugly BMW that we don't want anyway
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