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.

The front of the BMW X1 reveals that it has a stronger presence on the road. That it has a high quality is not only evident but is highlighted further by the greater intensity. On this same area, one can see that the lines of the car are able to converge on the mount of the license plate that is on each side of its kidney grille. These same lines follow the bonnet’s V-shaped curves which then forge downward going to the outer portion of the bumper’s lower section.

This results in that familiar sweeping “X” that many X models are known for, especially those belonging to the higher segments. Much like all models of the X range, the X1 will also have latest tripartite air intake. The striking lines match how the surface of the body has a style that has a rather detailed execution. This not only highlights its sporty attributes but also makes sure that the front apron gets that premium look.

With the fog lamps being on the same level as that extra crease line, it forms into a discreet scoop that goes on the upper portion of its lights and goes all the way to the side wall. Furthermore, with the surface area now larger and being the same color as that of the body, this new X1 gets that added elegance.

Another interesting feature in the new X1 is the swage line. There is also a character line that extends to the curves of its side glass graphic which goes rearwards. With the help of the flared wheel arches, the X1 is able to reveal a rather unique figure side-on. As part of the X model range, the X1 will have its side skirts being more prominent, which is a signature of this line-up.

One change in the X1 is that the headlights have a new design which allows a look at the new model’s highly advanced light technology. On its upper region is an accent strip that is chrome-coated and now goes all the way on the top of the X1’s tin circular headlights. For customers who opt for the xenon light package, the model will have the LED accent lights and the daytime driving lights will get the LED light rings. This results in the X1 having the same focused look as that of the classic BMW models.

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