BMW estimates that the rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i will carry a 24 city/33 highway/27 combined mpg rating, which would match the 27 combined mpg achieved by BMW's current mileage champ, the stick-shifted 2012 328i. All-wheel-drive X1 models are also expected to be thrifty, with the X1 xDrive28i and X1 xDrive35i estimated at 22/30/25 mpg and 18/27/21 mpg, respectively.
Delivering those mileage figures will be a 240 horsepower four-cylinder in 28i-badged models and a 300 horsepower 3.0-liter inline-six in 35i-badged ones. Both engines are turbocharged and direct-injected, and will come exclusively with a six-speed automatic transmission.
Line 'Em Up
BMW will expand its new "Line" (read: trim level) strategy, first seen on the new 3-Series, to the X1 with two new options: xLine and Sport Line.
The xLine brings undertray elements for the front and rear fascias, side-skirt covers, matte-finish air-intake and kidney-grille slats and 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels. The interior is upgraded with a leather-wrapped multifunction sport steering wheel and copper-colored trim, while Nevada Leather upholstery and matte-wood trim is optional.
The Sport Line brings air intakes and kidney grille slats in high-gloss black, black-chrome tailpipe finishers and 18-inch double-spoke alloys in addition to the xLine's undertray and side-skirt elements. The cabin benefits from sports seats, a leather-trimmed sport steering wheel and gearshift lever with red stitching and black high-gloss interior trim with optional aluminum accents.
The X1 will take the title of BMW's most affordable model from the 1-Series, with the X1 sDrive28i starting at $31,545. The X1 xDrive28i and the X1 xDrive35i will be priced from $33,245 and $39,345, respectively (all prices include destination).