2011 Montreal Auto Show: North American premiere of the BMW X1

2011 Montreal Auto Show: North American premiere of the BMW X1
Visitors of the Montreal International Auto Show (MIAS) will have the chance to get up close and personal with the X1, the most recent addition to BMW’s range of vehicles, making its North American debut.

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The crossover is based on the 3-Series Touring platform and is smaller than the X3 and X5 currently featured in Canadian dealerships.

In Europe, the automaker offers rear-wheel-drive (sDrive) and all-wheel-drive (xDrive) variants, as well as a choice of four- and six-cylinder engines (gas and diesel). However, we suspect only the xDrive version will make it to our shores, accompanied by two six-cylinder mills capable of propelling the X1 to maximum speeds of 223 to 230 km/h.

What would justify the absence of a four-banger in North America is the popularity of AWD technologies in our part of the world and the fact the BMW offers a much wider selection of diesel-powered, four-cylinder mills across the pond.

The X1 will come in two flavours, the 25i and 28i, both motivated by a 258-hp engine coupled with a six-speed Steptronic transmission. The 25i will bound from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.9 seconds, while the 28i will make the dash just a little bit quicker, 1.1 second quicker to be exact.

Fuel-wise, the crossover will require about 13 L / 100 km in town and 7.3 L on the highway.

An infotainment system, BMW Assist, adaptive headlamps, parking assist, a rear-view camera and cruise control will all grace the options list.

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By Marc-André Hallé,

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