In late 2008, BMW unveiled the new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle. The X1 represents BMW’s interpretation of the “urban” SAV and it is geared towards a younger demographic. With the launch of the X1, BMW opened a new premium small SUV segment. First rivals are scheduled appeared in 2011 when Audi will unveiled their Q3 model, followed shortly by Saab and its 9-4x.
BMW X1 is produced at the Leipzig plant in Germany and within the last twelve months, the sales have increased substantially and demand remains strong.
The latest competitor comes from Toyota’s Lexus premium division. The Japanese automaker unveiled their plans to introduce new six-hybrid models by 2012, and one of them, the CX300h will compete against the popular X1.
The car is based on the Toyota RAV4-based compact hybrid crossover and it’s expected to use powertrain from Toyota Camry’s 2.4L 4-pot and Hybrid Synergy Drive.
Lexus CX300h is rumored to come to market in late 2012.
BMW X1 will come to the United States in late 2012.
The variant to be offered will be the X1 xDrive28i powered by the new N20 2.0 liter four-cylinder TwinPower turbocharged engine. The new unit produces 245 horsepower and 350 Nm of torque (258 lb of torque).
The engine can be mated to a 6-speed manual transmission or a 8-speed automatic transmission.