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Details were leaked on it yesterday, ahead of the official debut. However, now that the BMW X1 has been revealed in US specification, we’ve finally got the chance to have a good look at it during the car’s official debut at the New York Auto Show.
More aggressive looking than its slightly bigger brother, the X3, BMW’s latest compact crossover has already been on sale in Europe and Canada, but 2013 marks the first time buyers will be able to snap one up in the US. For the 2013 model year, the X1 has been given a mild facelift with revised headlight housings and upgraded interior materials, including helpings of electroplated trim on the console and shifter.
Ahead of the New York Auto Show, we can now report three price points for the 2013 X1. Set to arrive in U.S. dealer lots this Fall, pricing will start at $31,545 for the rear-wheel sDrive28i model with a 240-horsepower turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four cylinder engine. Tack on an extra $1,700 for the xDrive28i which offers BMW’s all-wheel drive system.
For the hotter, 300-horsepower all-wheel drive xDrive35i, customers can expect to pay a starting $39,345 MSRP. All three prices include the $895 handling and destination fee.
As we reported earlier today, the 2013 X1 doesn’t look terribly different over the 2012 model it replaces, but there are some subtle styling updates. Recessed fog lamps, silver accents around the lower front fascia and undertray with repositioned reflectors and LED-based headlights are among the updates.
The interior remains largely unchanged, though the cockpit equipment is not slightly more angled toward the driver.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW X1
Changes to the 2013 X1 will be relatively minor, but include new recessed fog lamps, a silver paint-accented front bumper and slightly redesigned headlights. New silver side sills and redesigned taillights, complete the exterior facelift along with new paint colors.
The interior is only a little different from its predecessor with a slightly revised lower center console and dash trim, though the rest looks essentially the same as the 2012 model.
Expect the same 2.0-liter turbocharged inline four cylinder to power the U.S. model, making 242 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Watch for more details on the 2013 BMW X1 this Wednesday during out live coverage in New York.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW X1 leaked
The BMW X1 was originally scheduled to arrive in the U.S. back in 2010, but production delays led the German automaker to hold off on its smallest utility vehicle.
The delay, combined with an uncertainty about how American consumers would react to an even smaller BMW crossover, eventually led to the decision to hold off until a mid-cycle refresh.
Those hoping to get their hands on an X1 will be excited by these latest spy photos of the X1, sporting an updated look. The changes are minimal, with similar headlights and taillights, while the front and rear bumpers are new. Expect some upgraded interior trims and options, while small tweaks are likely for under the hood.
Currently, the X1 powertrain that’s expected to reach our shores is a turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder, making 241 hp and 258 lb-ft of torque an mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission.