Following BMW’s announcement yesterday, here’s full information on the M-Sport Package for the BMW X1. As you can see from the pictures, most prominent feature is the M aerodynamics package including M door sills and High Gloss Shadow Line. The M-Sport Pack for the X1 features 17-inch double spoke M alloy wheels standard with 18-inch double spoke M alloy wheels (shown here) being available as option. Also included: Sports seats in cloth and alcantara (think E9x 3-series M-Sport), an brushed aluminum interior trim and an alcantare headliner.
M-Sport Package at a glance:
* Sports Suspension
* 17-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* Optional 18-inch double-spoke M alloy wheels
* M aerodynamics … CONTINUED
According to C&D, BMW has confirmed that the X1′s release in the US market has been delayed until the Fall of this year due to unexpectedly high demand for the model in Europe. Evidently, the Leipzig, Germany, production plant in which the X1 is built (alongside the 1-series) can barely make enough of them for the European market, and to add the considerable demand of the U.S. market to the production fray is not possible at this point. However, the X1 will come to the Canadian market early this year as originally planned.
American fans of the BMW X1 SAV will soon get their turn as the X1 is expected to hit U.S. dealerships in late May to early June of 2011 according to our sources. The X1 has been on sale in Europe since Oct. 2009 and is produced at the BMW Leipzig plant. Its main rivals will be the upcoming Audi Q3 and Mercedes B-Class.
The X1 has been a sales success so far, recently overtaking the Audi Q5 as the top selling premium sports utility vehicle in Europe.
Catch all our X1 homepage coverage here: http://www.bimmerpost.com/x1/
Hartge has posted new photos of its X1 (E84) fitted with its quad exhaust system, wheels, and Hartge striping.
BMW’s X1 has been an undisputed hit in Europe so far. The X1 now tops the premium SUV class after overtaking the Audi Q5 as the top selling premium SUV for the first half of 2010 after selling 55,550 units through July. The X1 will arrive in US showrooms by Spring 2011. BMW sold 11,483 X1s in July 2010 alone.
The BMW X1 has been marketed as a lifestyle vehicle, perfect for those who lead both an active outdoor and social life. But, as this video shows, its xDrive system also makes it plenty capable for light rugged uses, such as navigating rougher terrain. A stylish lower slung SAV with some off-road capability
In the BMW CEO Norbert Reithofers report (full report below) to shareholders yesterday, the CEO happily reported that the BMW X1 has outsold expectations with 36,000 cars sold since its launch last Fall. The X1 is expected to be available in North America starting sometime next year (2011) and should be available in the xDrive28i gasoline model, powered by the 3.0L 6-cylinder motor making 231-hp and a 199 lb-ft of torque.
Dr. Reithofer: “The BMW X1 has significantly exceeded even our own ambitious expectations: Since its introduction last fall, we have delivered more than 36,000 units to customers,” BMW CEO Norbert Reithofer said that the company’s annual shareholder’s meeting. “Among these customers are plenty of younger people for whom BMW was not … CONTINUED
Drive.com.au reviews the BMW X1 and calls it possibly the stand-out car the compact 4WD market has been crying out for.
Production of the BMW X1 has begun for the European market, for deliveries starting next month. The US will get the X1 in 2011.