BMW X1 will make it’s way to United States showroom floors by late 2012. The X1 comes with many options including traditional rear-wheel drive and xDrive all-wheel drive configurations, as well as a wide variety of gasoline and diesel powertrain choices.
The engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 8-speed automatic transmission. Seats, steering wheel, gear lever, and dashboard all remain largely identical to that of most of BMW’s products — certainly any 1 Series, or 3 Series driver would be instantly familiar.
At roughly 14.5 feet long, 5.8 feet wide, and 5 feet tall, the X1 measures several inches shorter, skinnier, and narrower than the X3 — the smallest SAV the automaker currently produces. In fact, the X1 is just over 1 inch wider, 3 inches longer and 4 inches taller than the 128i, with a wheelbase exactly 4 inches longer than the compact sports coupe. Needless to say, this is not a large vehicle.