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 |  Aug 30 2011, 11:30 AM

Despite the fact that it’s available in Canada, BMW‘s U.S. arm has said that due to high demand in Europe and a relatively week U.S. Dollar/Euro exchange rate, it has decided to postpone introduction of the X1 south of the 49th Parallel.

The baby crossover was initially slated to arrive at U.S. dealers sometime in 2010, though now the earliest it will likely surface here is sometime in 2013 after it receives a mid-life freshening.

“Global demand for the X1 is still extremely strong in markets where our volume potential is high for this type of vehicle,” said a BMW executive. “Here in the US, the X3 is and likely will continue to be our volume (crossover).”

So, for those U.S. motorists who want their own X1 before anybody else, in the meantime, there’s only one solution; head North.

GALLERY: BMW X1

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[Source: Inside Line]