According to Auto123, the 2011 Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) will host the North American debut of the small BMW X1 SAV.

In a previous article today, we anticipated the new X1 to debut in April at New York Auto Show, but our Canadian neighbors will have the honor to host one of BMW’s best seller vehicles in Europe.

No information have been revealed around the engine offerings, but in Europe, the X1 is offered with a rear-wheel drive and xDrive configuration, along with a variety of petrol and diesel engines.

For the US, BMW is likely 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. In Canada, Auto123 speculates that a 25i model will be offered as well.

With the launch of the X1, BMW opened a new premium small SUV segment. First rivals are scheduled to appear in 2011 when Audi will unveil their Q3 model, followed shortly by Saab and its 9-4x. The other premium automakers, Mercedes-Benz and Infiniti, are also expected to launch similar models in the near future.

[Source: Auto123 ]

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