BMW brings in mildly facelifted X1 to the US after three years in Europe

Article by Anita Panait, on April 5, 2012

BMW of North America has disclosed that the BMW X1 compact crossover will bear a starting price of $31,545 when it goes on sale in the United States this fall. Three years after introducing the X1 in Europe, the X1 compact crossover was unveiled in the US at the New York auto show. 

BMW will showcase three models of the X1 during the launch at the show: 1) the entry rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i with a price tag of $31,545; 2) the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i priced at $33,245; and 3) the awd X1 xDrive35i with a price of $39,345.  All prices include shipping. The X1 sDrive28i and X1 xDrive28i will be powered by a twin-turbo 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine that provides 240 hp. 

The X1 xDrive35i, meanwhile, will be powered by a twin-turbo 3.0-liter V-6 engine that provides 300 hp.  BMW first marketed the X1 in Europe in 2009, but the company’s US management delayed its sales in the country due to unfavorable exchange rates and high demand for the vehicle in Europe.

BMW’s US management also does not want to jeopardize the sales of the larger redesigned X3, which was rolled out in the US in 2011. The company will pit the X1 against the Land Rover Evoque Audi Q3 and a Mercedes-Benz model based on the MFA platform.

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