Opinions found at the Autoblog table of most auto show press rooms are usually in concert, but every once in a while, we fail to come to a consensus. This 2013 BMW X1 is one such cause of discord, you see, as some of us think it belongs only on European streets, while others insist it will find enough homes here in North America.

The smallest of Bavarian crossovers has been available in overseas markets for a while now, but with its unveiling here at the New York Auto Show, BMW is preparing to launch it in the North American market. And along with it, the tallish wagon has received a facelift and interior rework.

When deliveries begin at American BMW showrooms this coming September, buyers will be able to choose between two twin-turbo engines – the 245-horsepower sDrive28i (in rear-wheel-drive) or all-wheel-drive xDrive28i, and the 306-hp X1 xDrive35i. The first and last are U.S. exclusives.

Pricing? Glad you asked. The X1 sDrive28i will carry a $31,545 price tag – including $895 in delivery fees. The churns-at-all-fours xDrive28i commands $33,245, and the 306-hp xDrive35i can be yours for $39,345.
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The BMW X1: Now with the USA in its sights.


The pioneering star of the premium compact segment builds on its global success – Outstanding sporting capability, unsurpassed efficiency, modified body design, extensively refined interior – US market launch in September, world premiere at the New York International Auto Show 2012.

Munich. Having demonstrated its ability to master both the challenges of everyday driving and detours off the beaten track with equal poise and authority, the BMW X1 is setting out to conquer another new sales region. The talented all-rounder of the premium compact segment will make its US market debut armed with state-of-the-art powertrain technology, innovative equipment features, selective design modifications and extensive interior refinements. The new BMW X1 will celebrate its US premiere at the New York International Auto Show (NYIAS) on 6 – 15 April 2012, with its market launch stateside following in September 2012.

The NYIAS can look back on a history unmatched by any other car show in the USA. It was held for the first time in 1900, and around one million visitors are expected to attend this year's event in the Jacob Javits Convention Center.

The BMW X model – produced at BMW Plant Leipzig – will take the leap across the pond with a renewed spring in its step, the result of a carefully judged honing of its core qualities. The design of the BMW X1 body now provides an even more intense expression of the car's muscular presence, contemporary allure and versatile sporting capability. Its interior includes newly designed surfaces, more polished controls and high-quality touches exuding the exclusive premium ambience of a compact BMW X model.

The BMW X1 has adopted a pioneering role among its premium class rivals in its existing markets – and a repeat performance in the USA is on the cards. Blending the versatility and robustness of a BMW X model with a high level of agility and compact exterior dimensions, the X1 has set new standards from the word go. Powerful engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a broad spread of BMW EfficientDynamics technology fitted as standard worldwide give the new BMW X1 the tools to further increase its lead over the competition in terms of sporting ability and efficiency.

Design: new touches to sharpen its contemporary looks and enhance its versatility and sporting flair.
Typical BMW proportions, expressive, vibrant surfaces and signature BMW X model design cues shape the appearance of the BMW X1. A sweeping bonnet, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment emphasise the car's dynamic talent, while attractive light and shade effects hint at its inherent agility. The versatility and robustness of a BMW X model are reflected in elements such as the black edging at the lower edge of the body and wide wheel arches.

When viewed from the front, the powerful stance of the new BMW X1 on the road and its aura of quality are now accentuated with even greater intensity. A larger number of surfaces painted in body colour highlight the car's enhanced elegance. The path of the car's lines, which converge on the license plate mount from either side of the BMW kidney and forge outwards in the lower section of the bumper, is borrowed from BMW X models in higher vehicle segments. The newly designed headlights allow a detailed view of the advanced light technology within. And a chrome-coated accent strip now cuts across the top of the twin circular headlights. Meanwhile, an LED accent light – included as part of the optional xenon light package, complete with LED light rings for the daytime driving lights – provides the classic BMW focused look.

The swage line rising steadily to the rear of the car, another character line extending the contours of the side window surrounds as it heads towards the rear, and powerfully bulging wheel arches allow the BMW X1 to cut a very distinctive figure side-on. The pronounced side skirts are a signature feature of BMW X models, while the side direction indicators are now integrated into the newly designed exterior mirrors.

The premium feel of the new BMW X1 is also underlined at the rear by the new subdivision of apron, bumper and underguard, with the repositioned reflectors now also bordered by surfaces painted in body colour. As a result, the black plastic elements are slimmer, while the silver-coloured underguard has a more striking surface structure.

Interior: precise lines, high-quality materials, sophisticated colour scheme.
The modifications to the design of the new BMW X1 interior create an even more vivid showcase of the sporty driving pleasure, cutting-edge versatility and premium feel this car provides. The side of the centre console angled towards the driver is now shallower, spotlighting the driver-focused nature of the cockpit design.

High-quality electroplated surrounds for the gearshift lever and centre console cupholder, a chrome strip for the headlight switch and chrome touches for the side edging of the Control Display – when the optional navigation system is specified – add the finishing touches to the interior's cloak of exclusivity. Plus, the air vent surrounds are given a high-gloss black surface.

The BMW X1: more sporting and efficient than ever.
The variants of the BMW X1 offered in the US market are powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo petrol engines. This package of technology consists of twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control. In both the award-winning six-cylinder in-line engine under the bonnet of the BMW X1 xDrive35i – developing 225 kW/306 hp – and the 180 kW/245 hp four-cylinder unit powering the BMW X1 sDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i it ensures instantaneous power delivery, impressive pulling power and exceptional efficiency.

Both engines link up as standard with an automatic gearbox and extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Features including the Auto Start-Stop function (28i only), Brake Energy Regeneration, Electric Power Steering, the need-based operation of ancillary units and tyres with low rolling resistance all help to achieve a blend of performance and fuel economy unmatched by any rival.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i with customary BMW rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive xDrive35i will be offered exclusively in the US market. The intelligent all-wheel drive of the BMW X1 xDrive35i and BMW X1 xDrive28i varies the distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels, as required. This electronically controlled power distribution ensures optimum traction and unbeatable directional stability in all weather and road conditions, as well as noticeably sportier responses through dynamically taken corners.

Further information and product details for the new BMW X1 will be released in due course.

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      • 3 Years Ago
      Here's betting you can't get one with any decent options for less than $40k.
      • 3 Years Ago
      Try running a fact check before rushing to print - the X1 has been selling in one part of North America (Canada) for months already.
      • 3 Years Ago
      The title is a little misleading. As a person who has current purchased 3 new BMWs in recent years, I can tell you those options add up pretty damn quick. Expect to pay at least 45k+ for a version that doesn't suck.
        • 3 Years Ago
        Usually the addition of the Premium ($3,500) and Technology ($2,500) packages gets most people what they're looking for: leather, nav, homelink, power everything, etc. That still leaves the X1 in the high $30s. BMW definitely offers a lot of toys and one off options that are far from necessary to keep the car from "*******." Other brands surely offer more features for the dollar, but a stripped Bimmer drives much better than a loaded Lexus!
          • 3 Years Ago
          I would must prefer a stripped BMW with manual trans than a loaded Lexus/Infinity/Avalon-type of car. The premium package is superfluous frou frou garbage anyway, great for the dealer's profit margin but of no significance to durability, driving dynamics, or fuel economy.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I think the x28i makes the x35i irrelevant. Close in performance, much less weight over the front wheels and better MPG.
      • 3 Years Ago
      I can imagine this will hurt the X3's sales quite a bit, not to mention the 3 series wagon. I mean, I prefer a wagon too, but when there's a 6k price difference (base price of the AWD models), that's a hard figure to justify when the two are so similar. Yeah options will rack up the price really quickly, but it should still be relatively easy to obtain a X1 xDrive28i for under $40k, something that is much harder to do with the wagon.
      • 3 Years Ago
      looks more like the X3 now which isn't exactly a bad thing, however i am not getting a premium vibe from looking at it
      • 3 Years Ago
      I'd be interested to see the stats on center of gravity. You can love or hate the styling, but you could make an argument that this will have a lot of the cargo versatility of the X3 and X5 but with superior driving dynamics (smaller, lighter, lower). There are a lot of comments on these blogs about the ponderous driving dynamics of big, heavy CUV's, but then when someone offers something more nimble like this they get panned as girlie cars for badge wannabes.
        • 3 Years Ago
        That's because the small CUV is designed to LOOK rugged without actually being rugged.... This thing would probably wet itself if you threw some dirt at it. Which is fine, because no one that buys this will venture off the pavement in it. Which leads right back to the hatchback argument... The X1 might be lighter than a similar X3 or X5, but a good, old fashioned hatchback is even lighter with a much lower center of gravity. Oh, and cheaper.
          • 3 Years Ago
          Yeah, I can dig that. But then you also have a lower seating position, lower hip point, harder to get a car seat into, less ground clearance for snow, etc. If you think that compromise is okay, then why not compromise just a little more and get a sports coupe that's even smaller and lighter and lower than a hatchback? If you personally don't value the rugged looks or ground clearance that's cool, but I'd say the Subaru Outback burying the Legacy wagon is proof that lots of drivers do value those things. All of us are working some kind of trade-off in every vehicle we choose. If we didn't, we'd all be driving either a Lotus Elise or a Suburban.
      stuck in 90s
      • 3 Years Ago
      Great Quality car from BMW ... but certainly not the prettiest... I wish BMW designers were more artistic than this.
      Charlie Ml
      • 3 Years Ago
      The 2.8 isn't exclusive for USA, in México we have it, with Xdrive equipement, and since 2010 model
      • 3 Years Ago
      it's a twin scroll turbo, not twin turbo.
      Leonardo Cardozo
      • 3 Years Ago
      The funny thing is that I dont see anybody here questioning the fact that the interior of this car sucks. Those who have been in them know that the interior is all hard plastic. They look better than they really are when up close. This is a cheap beemer for badge wannabes. It offers no space, the back seat is for two and no luxury. Whats the point? If it were a Hyundai, a Dodge etc people wouls be hating on the shity interior quality.
      Justin Campanale
      • 3 Years Ago
      ...and yet again BMW caters to those bastards who couldn't care less about the driving experience of a BMW, who buy BMWs as status symbols. You could put a BMW badge on a 20 year old Crown Victoria and they'd jump all over it. I'm pretty sure quite a few of them are wondering why BMW hasn't come out with an autonomous car yet.
        • 3 Years Ago
        @Justin Campanale
        "Driving experience?" And where, exactly would that be? The Long Island Expressway? Mass Pike? How about the GSP over Memorial Day weekend? Out west - the PCH dodging bicyclists? Or is it I-94 east of Bismark? How about a quality built, safe vehicle at an affordable price that you don't mind being seen in?
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