Earlier this year, BMW announced that the X1 compact crossover would finally come to the U.S., and the company displayed it at the New York Auto Show. The specs, such as mileage and available engines, have been announced along with the price.
A practical BMW at a decent price
In order to get a new BMW that has enough space inside it to be practical for less than $40,000, usually one has to buy the lowest trim level of the 3 series. The 1 series is a great car, but the back seat is not very ample compared with other compacts.
However, BMW has something for that. The company announced earlier this year that it was going to bring the X1, a compact crossover BMW sells everywhere else, to the United States. The roll-out would begin with the car being displayed at the New York Auto Show, ahead of the X1′s arrival at dealerships in the fall. Internationally, according to AutoWeek, the car is a hit, having sold 275,000 units since it was introduced a few years ago.
Details on the car, according to Car and Driver, are finally being released.
The usual suspects
The X1 is getting two engine options, along with the choice of rear or all-wheel-drive. The available transmissions will be eight or six-speed automatics, though the luxury crossover crowd is not likely to bemoan the lack of a manual shifter.
The trim levels revolve around the engine, just as with other BMW vehicles. The base model, the X1 sDrive28i, comes with a turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder, rated at 240 horsepower and certified by the Environmental Protection Agency at 24 miles per gallon city, 33 mpg highway. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system is an optional extra, which cuts mileage to 22 mpg city, 30 highway.
The upper-level trim, xDrive35i, comes with a turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder, good for 300 horsepower. It is only available with all-wheel-drive, according to Car and Driver, and gets the six-speed automatic transmission. It has been EPA rated at 18 mpg city, 27 highway.
All models, according to AutoWeek, get BMW’s EfficientDynamics fuel-saving technologies, including a stop-start system, regenerative braking technology and “EcoPro” driving program, which optimizes the drivetrain for fuel efficiency.
A real bargain
The base X1 starts at $31,545 after delivery charges and before options, according to AutoGuide. The xDrive35i starts at $39,345. The X1 starts arriving this fall, as a 2013 model, as the model arriving in the United States is the mid-cycle refresh.
Other compact crossovers are due from Mercedes and Audi, according to Car and Driver, as Mercedes Benz is working on a crossover based on the A-Class compact and Audi is bringing the Q3 to the U.S., but the closest competition the X1 has at the moment are the Acura RDX and the Infiniti EX35. Both are more expensive, as the RDX starts at $34,320 and the EX35 at $35,800, and get worse gas mileage, as neither are capable of better than 28 miles per gallon. BMW might have a hit on its hands.