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2013 BMW X1: New York Auto Show

author photo by Nick Palermo April 2012
  • Interior and exterior styling revised for the global compact SUV's U.S. debut
  • Two engines offered, along with rear-wheel and all-wheel drive configurations
  • Standard efficiency technology including regenerative braking

Finally introducing the X1 to the U.S. market, BMW has saved the best for last. The compact premium crossover SUV has been available across the Atlantic since 2009 and even here in North America, going on sale in Canada last year. But the 2013 X1 making its U.S. debut at the New York Auto Show is improved for our apparently richer tastes. Interior and exterior styling is revised, with more premium touches. U.S. customers can choose from three models, two exclusive to this market.

All three models use turbocharged engines with direct injection for improved efficiency. All are paired to a standard automatic transmission, too. A 240-horsepower four-cylinder engine powers the U.S.-only rear-wheel drive X1 sDrive28i and the all-wheel drive X1 xDrive28i. The xDrive35i, also U.S.-only, gets a 300-hp six-cylinder and all-wheel drive.

To maximize economy, all models use regenerative braking, part of BMW's EfficientDynamics program. Operation of non-essential functions like air conditioning is demand-based to save energy. Four-cylinder models also include a start-stop function as standard equipment. No EPA estimates of X1 fuel economy are available yet.

Without previous model year X1s on the road here, Americans are unlikely to notice BMW's styling revisions. But the show car in New York has a decidedly premium look compared to its global predecessor, with more painted exterior surfaces and more chrome inside and out. The headlights and rear fascia are revised, and turn signals are now integrated into the side mirrors. Inside, satin metallic trim surrounds the gear selector and cupholders, while chrome accents the headlight switch and optional navigation screen.

BMW says X1 models will begin arriving in showrooms this fall and has already released pricing. The sDrive28i is the bargain of the trio, starting at $31,545. The all-wheel drive four-cylinder xDrive28i is priced at $33,245, and the range-topping xDrive35i comes in at $39,345. (All prices include an $895 destination charge.) With a $6,100 premium over the xDrive28i, the 35i will likely be loaded with significant standard equipment upgrades. We'll soon find out more about the X1 as EPA ratings, crash test results and equipment lists become available.

What it means to you: BMW's X1 might not be an all-new model, but it's new to us. Plus, two of the three models available soon are exclusively for the U.S. market, including the 300-hp X1 xDrive 35i.

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