2013 BMW X1 - 2012 New York Auto Show
Making its world debut in New York, the 2013 BMW X1 will finally be headed to showrooms in America this fall. Compared with the existing X1 sold overseas, BMW's smallest X model Sport Activity Vehicle benefits from a minor nose and tail lift as well as a focused upgrading of its 5-passenger cabin that brings this compact fun runner more in line with the rest of its corporate kin.
While all of its main body panels carry over, new fascia and bumper treatments that reflect cues found on the X3/X5/X6 give the 2013 BMW X1 a slightly more aggressive character. Complementing that tasteful shape shifting are more body-color surfaces front and rear in place of black plastic elements, revised headlamps crowned with a new chrome accent brow and turn signals integrated into the restyled side-mirror housings.
A similar enhancement program has occurred inside of the 2013 BMW X1's well-finished passenger compartment, which also gains a more contemporary and upscale feel. Higher-quality materials and additional brightwork bits set a more elegant tone, whether the cabin is sculpted in standard leatherette or optional leather. The center console also has been redesigned to be more driver-friendly and driver-focused. While BMW has yet to release a comprehensive list of equipment and options, expect the new X1 to come with - or offer - many of the same comfort/convenience/connectivity/safety features available on the X3 model.
Three variations of the new X1 will be available for the U.S. market, all powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo gasoline engines fitted with a single twin-scroll turbocharger, direct fuel Injection, Valvetronic variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable-camshaft control. The rear-drive X1 sDrive28i and all-wheel-drive xDrive28i will get their motivation from BMW's 240-horsepower/2.4-liter 4-cylinder engine backed by an 8-speed automatic transmission, while the X1 xDrive35i will have the 3.5-liter/300-horse inline-6 paired with a 6-speed autoshifter. All versions of the X1 will make use of BMW EfficientDynamics technology, including Brake Energy Regeneration and demand-based operation of ancillary units to help optimize fuel economy. Four-cylinder models will go one step beyond and add BMW's Auto Start-Stop system.
Pricing for the 2013 BMX X1 will start at $31,545 for the X1 sDrive28i, with the X1 xDrive28i opening at $33,245 and the top-line X1 xDrive35i commanding $39,345. BMW also used the New York International Auto Show to announce pricing for the new M5 and M6 models. On sale in June, the 2012 BMW M6 Convertible will start at $113,995. Later this summer, the 2013 BMW M5 Sedan and 2013 BMW M6 Coupe also will appear in showrooms here, with starting stickers of $90,695 and $106,995, respectively.