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2012 BMW X1

2012 BMW X1
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And now for something completely different — or is it? BMW has once again brought us a new class of vehicle (or have they?), the all-new-for-2012 X1. This is BMW’s latest SAV (Sports Activity Vehicle), a step smaller than their X3 and based on the 3 Series platform.

When I first laid eyes on the X1 two or three weeks back I thought it was the same size as the X3, but once I finally got closer and inside, it was obvious that this new X1 is not really a “crossover” like the X3, but more like the station wagons BMW currently dreads, but on bigger wheels.

2012 BMW X1
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This vehicle is similar to the Infiniti EX35, although it is slightly larger than the X1 in all dimensions, just as the Infiniti G35 sedan is larger than a 3 Series. But BMW has gone a different direction with the power train; currently the X1 is only offered as the xDrive28i, which in BMW-speak means an all-wheel drive platform powered by a 2.0-litre turbocharged four-cylinder engine (unlike the other models using the 28i designation, which use inline sixes).

This new engine offers up 241 horsepower and an impressive 258 lb-ft of torque and is mated to a standard, close-ratio eight-speed automatic transmission. My tester is nearly a base model, which starts at $38,500; added to this price is a $950 standalone power seat option and the $1,490 Premium Package, which adds a panorama sunroof, heated steering wheel, aluminum roof rails, X-line metal-look exterior trim pieces and an auto-dimming rear-view mirror.

So far, my limited experience with this new BMW is a rather positive one, and I’m already warming up to it!

2012 BMW X1 xDrive28i
MSRP as tested (excluding destination): $41,310

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