World Premier: 2013 BMW X1 Coming To US With Six Cylinder

The X1 has been in high demand worldwide since its launch, now the US finally after several delays will get to experience BMW ‘s smallest SAV offering. The X1 will hit showrooms this fall in not one but two engine variants.

US customers will have the exclusive ability to order an X1 with a 6 cylinder Twin Power Turbo engine, the X1 xDrive35i. The recently introduced N20 four cylinder will be the featured engine of the X1 28i and will be offered in two configurations- all wheel drive (xDrive) and BMW ‘s more traditional rear wheel drive (sDrive). This marks the first rear wheel drive SAV offering from BMW in the US market.

All variants will feature an automatic transmission. The BMW X1 sDrive28i, the X1 xDrive28i and the X1 xDrive35i will retail for

$31,545, $33,245 and $39,345 respectively (including $895 Destination and Handling).

Official Release: The BMW X1: The U.S. Now Gets its First Sub-Compact Premium SAV.

The Globally Successful BMW X1 comes to the US in the Fall 2012. Having demonstrated that it is the perfect blend sports sedan-like driving dynamics and SUV utility in markets around the world, the BMW X1 is setting out to conquer the US. The talented Sport Activity Vehicle of the premium compact segment will make its US market debut armed with state-of-the-art powertrain technology, innovative features, selective design modifications and extensive interior refinements. The new 2013 BMW X1 celebrates its US premiere at the New York International Auto Show and will arrive in authorized BMW Centers in the fall of 2012 starting at an MSRP of $31,545 (including $895 Destination and Handling).

The smallest BMW X model – produced at BMW Plant Leipzig – will take the leap across the pond with a renewed spring in its step, the result of a carefully judged honing of its core qualities. The design of the BMW X1 body now provides an even more intense expression of the vehicle’s muscular presence, contemporary allure and versatile sporting capability. Its interior includes newly designed surfaces, more polished controls and high-quality touches exuding the exclusive premium ambience of a compact BMW X model.   The BMW X1 has adopted a pioneering role among its premium class rivals in its current markets – and a repeat performance in the US is expected. Blending the versatility and robustness of a BMW X model with a high level of agility and compact exterior dimensions, the X1 has set new standards from the word go. Powerful engines with BMW TwinPower Turbo technology and a broad spectrum of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies fitted as standard worldwide give the new BMW X1 the tools to further increase its lead over the competition in terms of sporting ability and efficiency.

Design:New touches to sharpen its contemporary looks and enhance its versatility and sporting flair.

Typical BMW proportions, expressive, vibrant surfaces and signature BMW X model design cues shape the appearance of the BMW X1. A sweeping hood, long wheelbase and set-back passenger compartment emphasize the vehicle’s dynamic talent, while attractive light and shade effects hint at its inherent agility. The versatility and robustness of a BMW X model are reflected in elements such as the black edging at the lower edge of the body and wide wheel arches.

When viewed from the front, the powerful stance of the new BMW X1 on the road and its aura of quality are now accentuated with even greater intensity. A larger number of surfaces painted in body color highlight the vehicle’s enhanced elegance. The path of the vehicle’s lines, which converge on the license plate mount from either side of the BMW kidney and forge outwards in the lower section of the bumper, is borrowed from BMW X models in higher vehicle segments. The newly designed headlights allow a detailed view of the advanced light technology within. And a chrome-coated accent strip now cuts across the top of the twin circular headlights. Meanwhile, an LED accent light – included as part of the optional xenon light package, complete with LED light rings for the daytime driving lights – provides the classic BMW focused look.

The distinctive profile of the X1 is defined by a main character line that rises steadily to the rear of the vehicle while another line visually extends the contours of the side window surrounds as it flows towards the rear. The pronounced side skirts – that are a signature feature of BMW X models and the powerfully bulging wheel arches add sporting flair. Finally, the turn signal indicators are now integrated into the newly designed exterior mirrors.

The premium feel of the new BMW X1 is also underlined at the rear by the new subdivision of fascia, bumper and undertray, with the repositioned reflectors now also bordered by surfaces painted in body color. As a result, the black elements are slimmer, while the silver-colored undertray has a more striking surface structure.

Interior:Precise lines, high-quality materials, sophisticated color scheme.

The modifications to the design of the new BMW X1 interior create an even more vivid showcase of the sporty driving pleasure, cutting-edge versatility and premium feel this vehicle provides. The side of the center console angled towards the driver is now shallower, spotlighting the driver-focused nature of the cockpit design.

High-quality electroplated trim surrounding for the gearshift lever and center console cupholders, a chrome strip for the headlight switch and chrome touches for the side edging of the Control Display – when the optional navigation system is specified – all add the finishing touches to the interior’s premium feel. Plus, the air vent surrounds are given a high-gloss black surface.

The BMW X1: more sporting and efficient than ever.

The variants of the BMW X1 offered in the US market will be powered by BMW TwinPower Turbo gas engines. This package of technology consists of twin-scroll turbocharging, High Precision Direct Petrol Injection, VALVETRONIC variable valve timing and Double-Vanos variable camshaft control. In both the award-winning 6-cylinder inline engine under the hood of the BMW X1 xDrive35i – developing 300 hp – and the 240 hp 4-cylinder engine powering the BMW X1 sDrive28i and BMW X1 xDrive28i ensure instantaneous power delivery, impressive acceleration and exceptional efficiency.

Both engines are paired with an automatic gearbox and extensive BMW EfficientDynamics technology. Features including the Auto Start-Stop function (28i only), Brake Energy Regeneration and demand-based operation of ancillary units all help to achieve a blend of performance and fuel economy unique in the market.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i with customary BMW rear-wheel drive and the all-wheel-drive xDrive35i will be offered exclusively in the US market. The intelligent all-wheel drive of the BMW X1 xDrive35i and BMW X1 xDrive28i varies the distribution of drive between the front and rear wheels, as required. This electronically controlled power distribution ensures optimum traction and unbeatable directional stability in all weather and road conditions, as well as noticeably sportier responses through dynamically taken corners. The BMW X1 sDrive28i, the X1 xDrive28i and the X1 xDrive35i will retail for $31,545, $33,245 and $39,345 respectively (including $895 Destination and Handling).

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  • Plow

    sigh…no manual 🙁

    • jeff

       agreed, would have been very interested if there was a manual for either variant.

    • Ickyfehmleh

      Suckage!  I guess we’ll opt for the Subaru Forrester then.

      • Sirfritts

        Likewise. I will be forced into a Subaru VX and I like the Mini countryman, but I need a little bit more room for my dogs, and gear. Interesting, the VX and the X1 have similar dimensions. Manual transmission is very important for driving fun. Let’s wait and see wht the New York Auto show has to offer next week.

      • sackboy

        Retards- listen up! Yep-my 1M and my M3 are 6speeds- BUT- why do I want my V8 X5 to have a MANUAL ????  If I wanna drive SPORTINGLY- I take the 1M ! The 8speed auto gets BETTER mileage and performance! Duh !   sackboy

        • BimmerFile_Michael

          Thanks! I thought I was the only one acting sane here!

        • jeff

           so the sane response to wanting a car that is both practical and engaging is to buy two cars?  and what does a v8 X5 have to do with a turbo 4 cylinder X1?

          ps – namecalling and insults are super classy.

          • BimmerFile_Michael

            I am all for engaging and practical- opted for an E90 M3 and when I had it my E61 had a manual. The E61 was before the 8HP. At the time I was looking at E83 X3s I never considered a manual- that is not a car that I could remotely consider engaging as compared to a sedan. The X1 is the former X3. And while it is a compelling product if you want engaging by an F31- there needs to be separation. There are models that are deserving of engaging and fun and then there are those that are for the masses. I am a left foot snob and a devout enthusiast but at the end of the day BMW needs to make products that caters to the masses to stay in business to make some cars for us enthusiasts. I ask again- would anyone spend 3K more for a manual? Less mpg and costs more… But more engaging in an SAV? There was a time people argued that the X cars were killing the brand and now that they aren’t being offered in a manual is killing the brand. I an puzzled. Let the masses have their X vehicles and keep the wagon alive!

          • jeff

            sure the F31 would make a more engaging choice, but up until 2 months ago there wasn’t confirmation the it’d even be coming to the US.  when it does will it have the manual?  or a choice of engines?

            and why does there need to be separation?  BMW is the one trying to blur all the segment lines.  If the X1 and the 3 series share chassis and engines why can’t the share transmissions?  this cost argument should be a discussion between BMW and the test labs, not the consumer.

            lastly, no one has mentioned the brand being killed or is calling BMW a sell-out.  It’s simply consumers with a desire for manual transmissions bemoaning the lack of offerings.  no one said “no manual?  how un-BMW” they said, “no manual, i’ll go shop somewhere else.”

          • Andrew Popoola

            Yep, exactly.  I have been a die hard bimmer fan for years because every single one I drive has yet to fail me in terms of sheer driving pleasure.  Even the not so gainfully proportioned E65 was assuring at 140mph and VERY comfortable.   

            Auto or stick, the choice for me is BMW.  The more stick choices I have within BMW the better.  If there is a lack of offerings, then bemoaning is what I’ll do!

          • jeff

             also, in your last article about the upcoming F31, you make mention that it could be the last wagon offering from BMW.  if this is the case, why would we not desire it’s replacement, the X1 to be just as engaging?


          • Sirfritts

            I’m definable not the only coherant or sane one here. Not all of us have the room or can afford a 1M and an M3 to only enjoy a manual transmission and drive a V8 suburban X5 with an auto transmission (doubt it). BMWs are great cars and are more fun with a stick. My preference is a manual, and if it did cost $3k extra it would be nice to have that choice.

          • BimmerFile_Michael

            SirFritts- please see the post above. And I agree that not everyone can afford M cars or the larger SAVs. Few are lucky to do so. The market is planned to help save the wagon should come in a manual. 

          • BimmerFile_Michael


            The point is that BMW is in the business of selling cars and trying to stay independent while also catering to very different customer bases. I do not always agree with their decisions. Look at my take on the F30 and the choice of packaging/options. That makes no sense as it is the bread and butter car.

            The X1 is a niche vehicle that more than likely will get people into the showrooms to buy and X3. Would it be ideal for enthusiasts to have the manual in an X1? That is debatable and we will explore that more soon- with arguments for both sides. The X1 is an SAV, with an increased ride height- things that enthusiasts do not like for the most part and I am sure that BMWNA saw this and decided that the F31 (which we reported on quite some time ago as coming to the US) would be so similar in functionality but more sporty.

            BMWNA also is monitoring the status of the wagon and yes this could be the last one and with the X1 coming to market they needed a way to gauge and separate the client base. If people really want practicality and engagement then they would opt for the wagon, no? By separating the two models through options and packaging they are catering to separate markets. 

            In order to save the wagons BMW has given it a fair shot and the reason I asked if you’d spend $3k more for a manual…. what is the anticipated price of a stripped F31 wagon? About $3k more.

            Also- What will people cross shop? A Suburu- not even in the world. The Mazda CX5 I just looked at yesterday is probably the sportiest in the segment and it will not have a manual option either and the fit and finish is less than stellar but for the price point it is a good piece of machinery.

          • jeff

             the CX5 does have a manual option, but like every manufacturer, they hide it in the base variant; fwd, cloth seats, no nav system, etc.  no wonder the manual is dying out.  also, as mentioned earlier they MINI Countryman could be considered a competitor.

            i’m skeptical that the F31 will have it’s fair shake, but we’ll see with time.  if the X1 has more elaborate engine, drivetrain, and interior options they could be setting the F31 up to fail unless they give the same amount of choice.

          • Sirfritts

            I agree. The American market does not like hatchbacks or wagons and the the introduction of the X1 may be a test. I personal think the X1 will do well here especially with the engines offered. I love the 3 and 5 series wagons. I was a bit disappointed with the recent 3 series wagon on the handling, but attributed to that it is a different vehicle from an M3 and tires. When I was in Germany last fall, I saw X1s all over the place, it’s like a stepping stone from the wagon. Ive seen road test compared with the VW Tiguan, but the fuel mileage was better in the X1. By-the-ways, I have driven the Subaru Impreza and it was okay as a second car for taking the abuse, but I can’t see myself getting one. Bimmer_micheal, you make good points about the automatic, its not to my liking, but the choice for a manual would be nice. I may still end up getting the X1 this fall as my second car to my E46 M- which has been a great car I’ve owned the longest.

        • Andrew Popoola

          Retards?  Wow, if you have to use such language, you MUST be a retard! These are opinions, which we ALL are entitled to.  

          BimmerFile_Michael shame on you for eggin’ him on!

          • BimmerFile_Michael

            I didn’t egg him on and I apologize for the term he used- I didn’t catch it until too late and wasn’t going to edit posts. I was replying from my phone- but he is also entitled to use the word retard if we are being fair… is it politically correct, no but it is a word…

          • Andrew Popoola

            LOL! Yes it is a word a we are entitled, he was just not being nice.  

          • sackboy

            YOU are correct Andrew. It was not nice! Sorry!  I do get too opinionated, sometimes!  More choices in the Market, are always preferred!  sackboy

    • How about a MINI Countryman with a bench seat? 

      • RKCA1

         How about it? I drive my MINI Countryman S with a bench seat every day as my daily commuter car?

  • Bmwsam

    So bummed thy won’t offer a manual. There are some Americans who would still order one that way

  • Bob

    Would seriously considered this to replace the family car if a manual is offered.  Oh well.  Maybe they’ll add an MT to the mix sometime after launch…

  • Andrew Popoola

    Yep, I lost interest soon as I read:  “All variants will feature an automatic transmission.”

    Looks like the X1 effectively replaced the last X3 and the new X3 is kinda X5ish.  I hope this means the next X5 will be bigger with proper 3rd row because if not, BMW will loose sales to the competition.

    • Sirfritts

      Unfortunately manual transmissions are a dying breed. It’s the in thing to have an 8 speed automatic, not to mention the benefits of better economy. But like most here, a manual transmission is part of the fun driving a BMW. BMW won’t be loosing sales because of no manual transmission, i think theyare y actually cattering to the American market of big hideous cars for the large and families.

      • BimmerFile_Michael

        Yes- you are correct on all fronts.

        Models with “M” are all we will have left soon. Can I blame BMW and BMWNA for not offering a manual in an SUV that will be driven by non enthusiasts 99.9% of the time? Nope. Will people pay $3K more to buy a manual- doubt it and that is why when offered It costs the same as an auto- to help offset the cost of offering it. In the states a manual is fun- in Germany going faster us fun and why the M5/M6 don’t have a stick. The eight speed is not the “in” thing to do- it is damn near perfect. I am a manual driver but the 8 speed is very engaging as you can instantly skip shift. I will be writing a piece on manual vs. Auto soon……

        • Sirfritts

          Nice addition. Thanks.

  • Mark Smith

    Looks like the MINI Countryman and X1 will not bump heads too often without the availability of a manual transmission. I did not think BMW would sell this in the states with an automatic exclusively. Wow?

  • Squeaky

    Was hoping for a diesel announcement for North America with the X1 and the X3. . . .

    • Andrew Popoola

      Me too.  Saw some info on a X3 xDrive35d m Sport…300+hp and 450lb-ft of torque.  That would be a nice one to have in the US.

      • Ickyfehmleh

        Only if it comes with a manual transmission 🙂

        • Andrew Popoola

          Ha! You know that 335d on sale in the US should have come with a manual, but I think BMW thinks it will somehow eat into M3 sales.  But yeah, the new X3 with a diesel and a manual would have a residual value of 80%.  Have you seen the price of used E83s with the 3.0 and a manual???

          • BimmerFile_Michael

            The 335d was never available in any market with a manual.

            The take rate on the first generation X3 for the manual was abysmal and was taken out as an option during the build run. BMW wasn’t developing, testing, homologating a product that 500 people were going to buy. The new 8 speed is so good the take rate on manuals is even worse with other products in the portfolio than when that E83 was offered with three pedals. Be thankful BMWNA is offering this in RWD form. Does anyone offer a manual premium small SAV? Not even Porsch is offering it’s first diesel in the US with a manual- no surprise there for me. Certain products make zero sense in a manual these days. If more people wanted them more manufacturers would build them… The day is nearing when the manual will be dead.

          • jeff

            the 335d was an automatic because it produced so much torque that it’d fry the clutch.  with 400 lb.- ft.that’s most likely the same reason the cayenne diesel is auto only too.

            i think manual sales numbers in the US are skewed because most manufacturers offer them as low-cost alternatives, forcing the customer to choose between a transmission or leather/sunroof/in-car entertainment.  of course the numbers will look bad.

            it doesn’t matter how good the automatic transmissions are, some people don’t like them.  it has eclipsed being an argument for fuel economy or performance, it’s an argument of preference.  as stated, sales do not reflect manual vs auto, they reflect manual vs sunroof, or manual vs navigation.

            and what doesn’t make sense about the x1 with a stick?  if we’re told that the x1 is a reasonable replacement for the 3 series touring it should be offered with (at least) the same engines, transmissions, and drive wheels.

            ultimately the issue lies in how much it cost to certify each model, but manufacturers should be lobbying to lower those costs, rather than forcing customers into compromising their choices.

  • Plow


    I guess what upsets me a little, is that there are manual transmission x1s and x3s, but in right hand drive. Heck, even the manual x3s are made in the states.

  • Swpars

    Wonder if that 8-speed automatic will last more than 100k miles. Could be an expensive fix when it goes.

    • BimmerFile_Michael

      LOL- 100k miles and you are worried? My parents had a Ford Explorer that went through 3 transmissions by 100k miles.

      The ZF should have no decreased longevity compared to an equivalent six speed.