BMW is still talking about a potential X1 M35i xDrive that may arrive with the North American debut of its next generation, along with boosting up the M Performance brand’s awareness.
The X1 already does well in Europe, as the best selling all-wheel drive model, which has kept the brand from expanding its market. Predictions at BMW are now that an M Performance would give it more sport appeal then its competition, with no need to offer a full M model, and that it should do quite well in the U.S.
If the model were to make production, it would likely start with the BMW M135i hatchback, powered by a turbocharged 3.0-liter I6 producing 320 hp, and feature an M tuned suspension and aerodynamics kit.
Diesel variants are also expected for a North American model, including a bottom-of-the-range EfficentDynamics version, and a range topping one for the X1 xDrive25d.
BMW says that the X1 should be unveiled sometime late this year.
By: Alexandra Koken