BMW’s long-awaited X1 compact crossover
will make its U.S. debut at next month’s 2012 New York Auto Show
, the German automaker has confirmed this week.
And it won’t just be any old X1 but rather a facelifted version, which we’ve already seen testing in prototype form
for the past year or so.
Coming onto the market as a 2013 model, the latest version of the X1 is expected to feature a sole powertrain option in the U.S., the brilliant turbocharged and direct-injected 2.0-liter TwinPower engine found in the 2012 BMW Z4 sDrive28i
and 2012 BMW 328i
Peak output should come in at roughly 240 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.
Matched to this engine will be a six-speed manual as standard, with an eight-speed automatic remaining an option. All-wheel drive should also be fitted as standard.
The X1 has been on sale in other parts of the globe for several years now, including in Canada, but has been excluded from the U.S. due to strong demand, particularly in Europe, and an unfavorable exchange rate differential between the U.S. dollar and euro.
BMW is also launching its recently revealed 2013 M6 Convertible
in New York, along with the car's hard-top sibling. Now, in its third generation, the all-new M6 sports a twin-turbocharged V-8 mated to a seven-speed M-DCT transmission capable of propelling it from 0-60 mph in under 4.3 seconds.