2013 BMW X1: New York International Auto Show
- 04/05/2012 |
- by Tara Baukus Mello |
- Total Car News / Auto Show
After much success overseas, BMW is bringing its compact crossover, the X1, to the United States. According to BMW, the 2013 BMW X1 is a CUV, short for crossover utility vehicle, but it looks more like a cross between a small SUV and a hatchback—a sort of tall wagon.
With its introduction to the United States comes a mild redesign of the exterior and interior. The front-end borrows design elements from its larger X3 and X5 siblings while newly-designed headlights feature a chrome accent strip across the top of the dual circular headlights. The rear has also received a mild refresh with slimmer black surfaces and more body color surfaces accented by a redesigned silver skid plate. On the inside, the center console has been redesigned to be more angled toward the driver and several trim pieces are now done in high-gloss black or chrome to give a more upscale feel.
The 2013 BMW X1 comes with a choice of two engines. The base 2013 BMW X1 sDrive28i is the rear-wheel-drive version that is powered by a 245 hp, four-cylinder, while the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i is the all-wheel-drive version powered by the same engine. Both 28i models feature BMW's Auto Start-Stop function to improve fuel economy. The top-of-the-line 2013 BMW X1 xDrive35i is available only as an all-wheel-drive model and is powered by a 306 hp, six-cylinder.
The 2013 BMW X1 arrives in showrooms this September.
Here's what others are saying:
Autoblog: "Opinions found at the Autoblog table of most auto show press rooms are usually in concert, but every once in a while, we fail to come to a consensus. This 2013 BMW X1 is one such cause of discord, you see, as some of us think it belongs only on European streets, while others insist it will find enough homes here in North America"
Cars.com: "The small crossover offers a unique blend of interior room, style and, surprisingly for a BMW, affordability…"
Motor Authority: "Turbocharged four-cylinder goodness in a more compact, X-flavored BMW? Yes, please."
Yahoo Autos: "BMW's SUV business has never been stronger, and the German luxury automaker wants to stay ahead of rivals Mercedes and Audi with this: the X1, a compact luxury crossover coming to the United States for the first time later this year."