For its American debut at the New York Auto Show, BMW freshened the exterior of the X1, matching the more up-to-date look of the new 3-Series, and gave the interior a minor touch-up. Under the hood, BMW will offer two turbocharged engines, a 240-hp four-cylinder and a 300-hp straight six, both tied to an automatic transmission and stop-start fuel savers. The base X1 can be bought as a rear-wheel-drive only setup with a base sticker price of $31,545, with the top all-wheel-drive version priced at $39,345 -- when it arrives late this year.
BMW didn't release fuel economy figures, but for the moment the market for mini luxury SUVs consists of the X1, the upcoming Buick Encore and...Mini, whose Countryman comes close to the X1 in size and with some crossover in price. Don't be surprised if a few more models arrive by next year.