It’s been known for some time that the 2013 BMW X1 compact crossover would be coming to the U.S. despite its date of entry being constantly pushed back. Blame it on world demand for a vehicle that has been on sale in the rest of the world since 2009.
But believe us, it should be well worth the wait. Making its U.S. debut at the 2013 New York Auto Show, the refreshed 2013 BMW X1 receives a fair share of styling enhancements, as well as some newfound power.
On the outside, the 14-foot-long BMW X1 has more of its body painted than older models sold abroad, giving it a more premium look. It also gets LED accent lights when equipped with xenon headlamps, and gets other aesthetic tweaks on the outside. Inside, the story’s the same, with enhancements to make the smallest crossover to come from BMW match its bigger X3 and X5 siblings.
But the U.S. X1 isn’t just a copy and paste from other markets. Unique to the U.S., BMW is offering its 300-horsepower, 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-6 as an upgrade option. It’ll come exclusively with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system. More basic models will either come as a rear-wheel-drive BMW X1 sDrive28i or X1 xDrive28i with all-wheel drive. They come paired with BMW’s 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine, which produces 240 horsepower. Each engine is paired exclusively to BMW’s eight-speed automatic transmission.
Prices for each model are as follows, including $895 for destination and handling: $31,545 for the BMW X1 sDrive28i, $33,245 for the BMW xDrive28i, and $39,345.
For more information on the 2013 BMW X1, its availability, and additional pictures, check out our 2012 New York Auto Show page.