Having been delayed for more than a year now, the BMW X1 may finally be ready for its U.S. debut. CNET reports that BMW‘s smallest SUV will be unveiled next month at the New York Auto Show, and hit dealer showrooms by late 2012 as a 2013 model.
A BMW spokesperson would not confirm the X1’s New York debut to us, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see official information shortly. CNET says the X1 will receive only minor updates for the 2013 model year, as the X1 was introduced in 2009 and isn’t due for a major revision. Among those updates could be side mirror-integrated turn signals, as we’ve seen on many other new BMWs. The U.S.-spec BMW X1 may also be offered exclusively with the new turbocharged 2.0-liter N20 I-4, though we previously reported BMW said that engine will not appear in a U.S.-market X1. The N20 produces 250 hp and 260 lb-ft of torque in the 328i, 528i, and X3 xDrive28i, and seems like a sensible choice for the small crossover.
As we’ve reported, demand for the small crossover in Europe has taken up the entire supply of X1s. The model was never planned to be a volume seller, so BMW was initially caught off guard by the high demand. Though supply constraints were originally to blame for the delays, BMW also wanted to hold off on the X1’s U.S. launch to give the recently-introduced X3 (also pictured below) some breathing room. That decision reportedly pushed back the X1’s U.S. launch to the end of 2012. CNET’s report seems to line up with BMW’s plans, which means the X1 debuting in New York is a very real possibility.