By Nat Shirley
Thursday, May 3rd, 2012 @ 2:14 pm
 
BMW has released a host of details on U.S.-market version of its subcompact X1 crossover, which will launch this fall. The X1 will be BMW's least expensive offering as well as its most fuel efficient.

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.

Pricing
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).