“twenzel”, a member of Xbimmers.com spotted a BMW X1 test mule in Wilmington, NC. The entry-level SAV has been confirmed for the U.S. market back in 2009 when BMWNA acknowledged that BMW X1 is planned to debut in the United States in calendar year 2011.
In the press release issued at the time, BMWNA refrained from confirming the engine options that will be offered, but a mention of rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations, as well as a wide variety of gasoline and diesel powertrain choices, slipped into the press release.
Marketing was expected to begin in late 2010, but details around the U.S. bound X1 have been scarce in the year just passed.
For the U.S., we expect BMW to introduce the 28i and 35i models, in a rear-wheel drive and xDrive configuration. While there is no confirmation on a diesel engine, we certainly expect to see one of the award winning diesel turbos coming across the ocean, most likely, the 2.0 liter turbo diesel that powers the xDrive23d model in Europe or the 123d.
If a summer launch is still in schedule, we anticipate seeing an X1 U.S. model at the New York Auto Show in April.