Canada got dibs on the BMW X1 in 2011, but the smallest of the X Series won’t make its American debut until this fall with the updated 2013 model. Priced lower than the Audi Q5, the Bavarian crossover will start at $31,545, which is more than $4,000 cheaper than the current Audi Q5.
With two gasoline engines available in the U.S. lineup, customers will be able to choose between a 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four with 240 hp and 260 lb-ft or a turbo 3.0-liter inline-six with 300hp and 300 lb-ft for $39,345.
The lower-priced X1 sDrive28i features rear-wheel drive and is the base model, while the brand’s “x-drive” all-wheel drive system is available for an additional fee. The higher-level X1 xDrive35i, on the other hand, is only available in the all-wheel drive configuration as its name suggests.
Drivers who opt for the four-cylinder model will get an 8-speed automatic transmission good for 24/33 mpg city/highway with rear-wheel drive and 22/30 with all-wheel drive.
Choosing the inline six-cylinder will obviously compromise fuel efficiency in favor of performance, but the transmission changes too. A 6-speed automatic replaces its calmer counterpart and gets 18/27 mpg city/highway.
While the latest BMW crossover to hit the States isn’t available yet, you can click through our gallery below to get an idea of what to expect later this year.