BMW to bring X1 to United States

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BMW is unveiling the X1 crossover at the New York Auto Show. Photo Credit: S 400 HYBRID/Wikimedia Commons.

Among the many other entrants at the New York Auto Show, BMW is bringing some new stuff. One of the cars the Bayernische Motor Werken is showing off is the X1 crossover, which is going to be released in the U.S.

US finally getting BMW X1

In 2009, according to Inside Line, BMW unveiled the X1 crossover at the Frankfurt Auto Show. The X1 is the smallest of BMW’s X range of SUVs, launching in 2010 in Europe. It was supposed to launch later that year in the U.S. However, it never happened, as BMW was selling too many in Europe to justify reducing supply and a weakened dollar meant it would lose money doing so.

However, the monetary issues are resolved, and the 2013 BMW X1 is coming to the New York Auto Show ahead of its release later this year. The small crossover, according to CNET, gets only the 240 horsepower 2.0-liter turbocharged four-cylinder from the 328i. Gas mileage will suffer with extra weight, but the 328i gets 23 mpg city, 33 highway. Price isn’t set yet, but given that the X3 starts at $39,395, it should be just mote than $30,000.

M division also showing in New York

BMW’s M division, which produces the crazy-fast versions of BMW’s normal range, is taking the M6 Convertible to New York. BMW announced the car earlier this year, according to Car and Driver, along with the M6 Coupe. This will be the first appearance in public for the car.

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The M6 and M6 convertible, according to MotorWard, share engines with the M5, a twin-turbo 4.4-liter V-8 producing 560 horsepower, mated to an M-tuned seven-speed automatic transmission. It also gets BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. It’s normally limited to 155 mph, but the M Drivers package will raise the limit to 189 mph.

The convertible will nip from 0 to 62 miles per hour in 4.3 seconds but gets a respectable 27.4 miles per gallon in highway driving with BMW’s stop-start system. Both coupe and convertible come with leather interior and all manner of other gadgets including satellite navigation and a Bang and Olafsen stereo system. The car is likely to cost more than $100,000, according to Automobile magazine.

More power to the i8

BMW’s M division, according to AutoBlog, will not be tuning the upcoming i8 plug-in hybrid sports coupe in any way. The i8, with its radical shape, would seem a natural to make into a full-bore racer, but it isn’t going to happen for the foreseeable future.

However, the i8 is going to get a more powerful engine than the mid-mounted 223 horsepower 1.5-liter turbo-three cylinder that had planned for it. The car also has a 175 horsepower electric motor mounted in the front. All told, the car was supposed to be capable of 393 horsepower. The electric-only range is estimated at 20 miles, with a charge time of six hours on a 220-volt socket. The car is projected to cost 100,000 euros (about $133,000) when released.


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