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BMW X1 delayed in the U.S. until late 2012

Rumors | May 4th, 2011 by 5
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BMWBLOG reported in early January that BMW’s entry-level SAV, the X1, will miss its original launch target in early 2011 and be postponed until late …

BMWBLOG reported in early January that BMW’s entry-level SAV, the X1, will miss its original launch target in early 2011 and be postponed until late 2011. The delay was related to production capacity at the Leipzig plant and a high demand for the vehicle. But new information come to confirm an even later date than the previously one reported.

Automotive News reports that BMW will not offer the compact X1 crossover in the United States until the end of 2012 because of strong demand for the redesigned version of the larger X3. Jim O’Donnell, CEO of BMW of North America said BMW planned to bring the X1 this year, but now the target date has moved again.

For Auto news, O’Donnell said the X1 “was always going to be a niche vehicle” in the United States with forecast sales of less than 5,000 units annually. The strong sales of the new X3 may have an influence on the delay. The X3 sales could reach 25,000 units this year, with 5,710 vehicles sold already in the first quarter.

BMW X1 delayed in the U.S. until late 2012

The Canadian market will receive the X1 starting in June and the base price for the xDrive28i model is $38,500. The X1 will be equipped with the new N20 four-cylinder turbocharged engine. BMWBLOG had the opportunity to drive the car back in April.

We anticipate that BMW of North America will re-evaluate the status of the X1 at the end of this year when the X3 sales will give them a more accurate picture in terms of X3 sales and profit.

[Source: Automotive News ]

  • tasty donuts

    what a pity, i was really looking forward to replacing my E46 with either this or a 3 touring… but it looks like both are going the way of the dodo in the States.

    • Sajan

      I wouldn’t be too disappointed that the x1 is delayed. I strongly suggest that somehow you have a look at an x1 in person before making a decision to get one. You might be in for a nasty shock when you see the difference in interior quality between an e46 and an x1. The e46 truly is a great car and most new cars just don’t cut the mustard like my e46 does. I would strongly suggest spending your hard earned money on a lower mileage e46 if your okay with getting the same car

    • Sajan

      I wouldn’t be too disappointed that the x1 is delayed. I strongly suggest that somehow you have a look at an x1 in person before making a decision to get one. You might be in for a nasty shock when you see the difference in interior quality between an e46 and an x1. The e46 truly is a great car and most new cars just don’t cut the mustard like my e46 does. I would strongly suggest spending your hard earned money on a lower mileage e46 if your okay with getting the same car

  • diesel guy

    Crazy delay.. I was able to drive one 3 weeks ago in Canada, and they were already on the lot for purchasing.

    Though I was pretty shocked at the interior.. Below the soft touch dash they used some really harsh plastics, and without the $2000 nav/iDrive option there is a lot of plastic along with a storage door where the screen would have been that just looks very cheap.

    At 38,500 for the base, it’s not bad to add a few thousand more and get into an X3 instead which even at base gives a nice iDrive screen and better interior, space, etc…

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