Take a SUV-like vehicle a hair larger than the diminutive MINI Countryman, add a beefy chassis, beefy wheels with a beefy price tag and ‘WAMMO” a tiny BMW for the affluent. The BMW X1 has been for sale overseas for a few years. Not wanting to fight the poor U.S dollar, the X1 was halted for distribution in the States when it was introduced as a 2010 model overseas.
Reports from Europe seem to confirm that the tiny X1 is more of a tall wagon than a small BMW X3. Whether that remains the same with its 2013 revisions remains to be seen. BMW remains hush-hush about… well, just about everything. The New York Auto Show will bring everything to light.
What I can tell you is that the 2013 BMW X1 will have a small displacement (probably 2-liter) four-cylinder with a “twin-power” or twin-turbocharged, direct-injection engine. The European version puts out 184 horsepower and I would be surprised if the Beemer had any less. The six-speed manual is not supposed to be available for lazy Americans… bummer. What should be available is an eight-speed automatic with nifty paddle-shifters.
Prices? As near as I can surmise, the base price should be around $33,000 which would make it one of the cheapest BMWs available in the United States. Not to worry, from what I have seen, you can easily pump the price to the high $40,000 range with some well selected options.
The 2013 BMW X1 should come standard with BMW’s lauded ‘X’drive all–wheel drive (AWD) system. No word on BMW’s brilliant “EfficientDynamics” tiny diesels – but, as we tend to shy away from diesels, I am guessing BMW may wait and see. That would be a pity as the power and torque from these tiny oil-burners is legendary. Even with the gas engine, BMW is never known for under-powering a vehicle.