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Complete details are scarce, but it appears that the X1 xDrive28i will make its way to Stateside sporting BMW’s new TwinPower Turbo 2.0L four-cylinder engine with 245-hp and 258 lb-ft of torque. The X1 has been a hot seller out in Europe, which was the reason for its initial delay over to America. The German automaker wanted to ensure that its supply would match demand before bringing the X1 over to another market.
If all goes well, the X1 xDrive28i could pave the way to our first M Performance Automobile here in America, in the form of the X1 M35i xDrive.
GALLERY: BMW X1 xDrive28i
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.
GALLERY: 2013 BMW X1
When BMW‘s X1 luxury crossover model does finally arrive here, it will come equipped with the company’s new turbocharged 2.0-liter 4-cylinder engine. Making power roughly similar to the inline six-cylinder currently used in cars like the 3 Series, expect it to use the 28i or xDrive28i badge.
Power will be rated at around 240-hp and an impressive 260 lb-ft of torque and this engine will be the base offering for the X1 range says BMW representative Dave Buchko, suggesting that a more potent offering (perhaps a 300-hp X1 xDrive35i) is also in the works. With that output, look for a 7.4 second 0-60 mph time for rear-drive models and a 7.8 second time for AWD ones.
What isn’t yet clear is if BMW will offer a diesel 4-cylinder model currently available in Europe, making 163-hp and 280 lb-ft of torque. A new, less-potent 2.0-liter, has just been introduced in Europe making 184-hp and 199 lb-ft of torque.
Look for the X1 to arrive some time in early 2012.