BMW X1 spotted on U.S. soil

BMW X1 | January 7th, 2011 by 7

“twenzel”, a member of 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.

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In Europe, the X1 exceeded all the sales expectations and months after its launch, the small SAV became the top sold SUV.

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.

[Source: xbimmers ]

7 responses to “BMW X1 spotted on U.S. soil”

  1. Tom says:

    new york auto show YES YES YES. love the looks of the x1

  2. Laszlo says:

    the 123d is a hot-rod diesel. Makes 204HP in the small 1 series and makes it fly.
    I drive one last year in Austria and was amazed. We were getting a constant 7l/100km ~ 34mpg average and we did not baby it. Pedal to metal accelerations and rapid shots at high elevation.
    Amazing car and more then amazing engine. it was a basic configuration but the engine made up for any amenities.

    In a more sedate mode the car can deliver better mileage, as the owner said he saw as good as 5.1l ~46mpg on certain times.
    This is average !!!

    if the X1 will available with that engine and the 8spd auto, then it will be one of the best gas (diesel fuel) sipper of all cars in the US.

    That car can steal a lot of business from the fugly Prius for sure. Similar gas mileage but greener and being a BMW. Also the price tag will be close as the Prius’s price is around 30 large nowdays.
    I expect the X1 2WD diesel to be around 36k which will be a good deal.

    Unless BMW price strategy goes over the top this SAV will be a hot seller.
    Specially that gas prices are over 3usd now… again !

  3. Will says:

    i saw one in Washington, DC a few weeks ago. It had diplomat tags though so I’m assuming it belonged to the German embassy just up the street.

  4. Ramon Juarez says:

    It’s just remarkable how the Guatemalan car market is growing, and fast. We’ve had the X1 for about 5 months now, the X3 came probably a month after it’s official unveiling. How is it posible, being USA a bigger and by far, a better country?

  5. bob says:

    Interesting that it has CA tags. If it was really spotted in NC, wouldn’t it make more sense that it was on a tour up from Spartanburg, rather than from Oxnard?

  6. Otto says:

    Please, post more of this!!!
    I’m looking forward to see a X1 shot in Canada, Belgium and Vanatu. Also, post the same picture but with different body colours, that would save me time doing it in Photoshop.

  7. awesome. If X1 was here already, I won’t need to buy a boxy X5 for my lady!

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