Having demonstrated that it is the perfect blend of 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 sub-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 will arrive in authorized BMW Centers in the fall of 2012 starting at an MSRP of $31,545 (including $895 Destination and Handling).

The X1 has proven to be highly successful, with sales having already exceeded 275,000. As
has been the case with other models before it, the BMW X1 finds itself in a competitive market
segment that it virtually spawned. Unlike other BMW SAVs, X1s destined for the US will be
built in BMW’s Leipzig, Germany plant. The popularity of the X1 around the globe has proven
so great that X1s for the Chinese market will now be built in a newly opened plant at Tiexi in
Shenyang Province.

The arrival of the BMW X1 to the US coincides with an update that includes exterior and
interior refinements as well as a host of BMW EfficientDynamics technologies. All models
feature Brake Energy Regeneration while the X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i models also benefit
from Auto Start/Stop and ECO PRO mode to further reduce fuel consumption.

Another element of the update is the availability of BMW Lines for the first time in an SAV, as
an alternative to the base trim level. Both the BMW xLine and BMW Sport Line offer exclusive
design and equipment features. The xLine emphasizes the robust versatility of the new
BMW X1 while the Sport Line accentuates its performance and handling. For enthusiasts who
want to accentuate the sporting character of their X1 even further, an M Sport Package is also

Design: New touches highlight its elegance, versatility and sportiness.

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

Above all, the new BMW X1 conveys even more strikingly the powerful stance that
distinguishes BMW’s Sports Activity Vehicles. In the case of the X1, the look reflects the
unique combination of the elevated seating position and flexible utility of an SAV with the
driving dynamics of a BMW sports sedan.

In addition to the inserts in the front and rear fascia and the special side skirt covers, the circular
foglamps positioned under the headlights add to the hallmark features of a BMW X model.
Beyond this, the new BMW X1 boasts attractive touches of sporting luxury.

Front view: Even more details in the style of a BMW X model.

When viewed from the front, the powerful stance of the new BMW X1 on the road is
immediately evident. The path of the car’s lines, which converge along the sides of the BMW
kidney grille, follows the V-shaped contours of the hood, forging downwards and outwards in
the lower section of the bumper to create the sweeping “X” familiar from the X1’s larger
siblings. The striking lines go hand in hand with a detailed execution of the body’s surface
styling, signaling a sporty character. The foglamps are now level with an extra crease line that
forms a discreet scoop along the upper edge of the lights and continues into the fenders.
Newly designed headlights afford a detailed view of the car’s advanced light technology. In the
upper area, a chrome accent strip now cuts across the top of the twin round headlights, while
an LED accent light – included as part of the optional xenon light package – ensures the classic
BMW focused look. The available xenon headlights also feature LED light rings for the daytime
running lights.

Side view: Characteristic proportions, new exterior mirrors.

The character line that rises steadily to the rear of the car, an additional line extending the
contours of the side glass graphic as it runs rearwards, and powerfully flared wheel arches allow
the BMW X1 to project a very distinctive profile. The pronounced side skirts are a signature
feature of BMW X models, while the directional indicators are now integrated into the exterior

Rear view: Focused emphasis on a wide and powerful stance.

The premium feel of the new BMW X1 is also underlined at the rear by the new subdivision of
fascia, bumper and undertray. Repositioned reflectors are now bordered by surfaces painted in
body color. As a result, the black plastic elements are slimmer, while the silver-colored
undertray has a more striking surface structure. Furthermore, the contours of the LED taillights
now flow harmoniously into the line of the tailgate handle. A stronger emphasis on the
horizontal lines gives the X1 both a robust and sporty appearance.

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 and cutting-edge versatility. The side of the center
console, angled towards the driver, is now shallower and boasts a particularly high-grade
surface quality. This highlights the driver-focused principle of the cockpit design. The panel for
the sound and climate system controls now has a high-gloss black surface to match the air
vent surround.

The new BMW X1 comes with a storage compartment in the center of the instrument panel. In
vehicles with the optional navigation system, this houses the central Control Display for the
iDrive operating system. Chrome accents on the side surrounds of the onboard monitor
highlight this feature. High-quality electroplated surrounds for the gearshift lever and the center
console cup holder as well as a chrome clip on the headlight switch add the finishing touches
to the interior’s exclusive ambience.

BMW TwinPower Turbo technology: Available in four or six-cylinder form.

The BMW X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i feature BMW’s newest 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo
4-cylinder engine (N20). This dynamic and efficient engine delivers maximum power of 240 hp
at 5,000 rpm while the maximum torque of 260 lb-ft is developed at just 1,250 rpm and

remains constant up to 4,800 rpm. It is mated to BMW’s latest 8-speed Steptronic automatic.
This combination powers the X1 sDrive28i and xDrive28i from 0-60 mph in 6.2 and 6.3
seconds respectively. This level of responsiveness is matched with impressive efficiency.
Preliminary EPA mileage estimates are 24 mpg city/33 mpg highway/27 mpg combined for the
X1 sDrive28i while the AWD X1 xDrive28i has preliminary EPA estimates of 22 mpg city/
30 mpg highway/25 mpg combined.

This engine is the most powerful in a new generation of 4-cylinder engines designed in
accordance with the BMW EfficientDynamics strategy, which aims to combine increased
driving enjoyment with reduced fuel consumption and emissions. In technical terms, this
4-cylinder engine is modeled on the current multi-award-winning inline 6-cylinder with BMW
TwinPower Turbo technology (N55), which is the benchmark in its class for dynamic power
delivery and impressive efficiency. This world-exclusive technology combines High Precision
Direct Injection, Double-Vanos variable camshaft timing and VALVETRONIC variable valve
timing with twin-scroll turbocharging.


BMW X1: The U.S. Gets its First Sub-Compact Premium SAV. Will It Rock The Crossover World?

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