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BMW X1 coming to the U.S., but can it compete in a crowded crossover market?

19 Apr

2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i at the 2012 New York International Auto Show.

Every time an auto manufacturer creates a new vehicle or introduces an existing product to a new market they take a calculated risk. Will the sales figures live up to preliminary predictions? Does a customer base for the model actually exist, and if so, will they spend their hard-earned money on that given vehicle? With ever-growing competition for consumer dollars between manufacturers, and even within a brand’s model lineup it’s never certain whether a vehicle will eventually be deemed a success or failure.

BMW took such a gamble with the introduction of the 2013 X1 Sport Activity Vehicle (SAV) at the 2012 New York International Auto Show. Although the X1 initially rolled off the Fatherland’s Leipzig assembly line in 2009 this will be the first time BMW’s smallest compact crossover makes its way across the pond to U.S. shores. Upon making its arrival this September the X1 will have to compete with three SAV siblings, the X3, X5 and X6.

Exterior badging on the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive 28i.

All of these BMW models are larger and powerful than the X1. However that size comes at a price, quite literally in-fact. The starting MSRP for the rear-wheel-drive X1 sDrive28i is a manageable $31,545 (includes $845 destination charge). For $1,700 more buyers can opt for the 28i with BMW’s xDrive all-wheel-drive system. Both versions of the 28i are powered by an economical and fuel-efficient 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline engine producing 240 horsepower. The top-tier variant of the 2013 X1 is the xDrive35i, offering a tried-and-true 3.0-liter six-cylinder engine with a peak output of 300 horsepower. All variations of the X1 come standard with an eight-speed automatic transmission, no manual will be available. Due to the difference in engine and all-wheel-drive the X1 xDrive35i has a base price of $39,345. Those numbers might seem high for some, but compared to the full-size X5 xDrive35i, which features the same engine and performance but starts at $47,500 the X1 35i is a relative deal.

The 240 horsepower, 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the 2013 BMW X1 xDrive28i.

Although paying $8,155 less for the premiere X1 over the base X5 might seem like a good deal, the same can’t be said when comparing the small X1 to the mid-range X3. As with both the X1 xDrive35i and the X5 xDrive35i, the X3 xDrive35i is powered by the aforementioned six-cylinder engine with BMW’s TwinPower turbo technology.  However, despite being larger than the X1, the X3 only rings in with a base price of $43,600.

When it comes down to it BMW might have a hard time selling the smaller X1 to buyers who can afford to purchase a slightly larger and more spacious X3. After all, Americans love large SAVs and SUVs and the concept of a small, yet capable counterpart is something that is just beginning to take hold in the states. In addition to competing models within the brand, Within the group of German-based manufacturers BMW will have to contend with Audi’s Q3 and Mercedes’ GLK-class. And that doesn’t even begin to include domestic and other import crossovers such as the Acura RDX, Honda CR-V and newly redesigned Ford Escape.  The verdict is far from out on whether or not the X1 can achieve the success seen throughout Europe and Asia and thrive in a crowded U.S. crossover market.

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POLL: Naturally Aspirated or Forced Injection?

15 Aug

By Matt McCarron

M3 Coupe or 1-Series M Coupe – Which one would you choose, and why?

26 May

By Matt McCarron

Insideline.com has dynoed the BMW 1M, and the results are impressive. According to insideline’s test, their 1M put down 331 hp 5,150 rpm and 362 lb-ft of torque from 2,500-4,500 rpm (at the wheels). In contrast to insideline’s test, BMW factory rated the 1M as having 335 hp at 5,800 rpm and 332 lb-ft from 1,500-4,500 rpm.

Now, before you go off the deep end and claim the dyno numbers are impossible because no car loses just 4 hp and 7 lb-ft from the crank to the wheels, just wait a second. There is an obvious explanation to these numbers. BMW has taken a page from the Porsche handbook and has significantly underrated the horsepower and torque numbers of the 1M.

But does it really make a compelling enough argument to warrant buying one over a M3. Well, when compared to E92 M3, which has a factory rated 414 hp at 8,300 rpm and 295 lb-ft at 3,900 rpm, the 1M might be down on horsepower. However, it makes up for it in other areas. Based on factory numbers, the 1M has an additional 37 lb-ft than the M3 and it has the advantage of weighing 342 lbs less than the top-of-the-line 3-series.

The M3 and 1M are two completely different animals. One has a traditional M-derived 4.0-liter high-revving, naturally-aspirated v8 that needs to see high rpms to achieve its peak horsepower output. On the other hand the 3.0-liter turbocharged in-line six-cylinder engine in the 1M is a totally different power plant altogether, varying from the S65 in almost every way.

So which one would you rather have in your garage?

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380 horsepower, 34 mpg: The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid

16 Feb

By Matt McCarron

Porsche announced that the newest member of its hybrid lineup will become available towards the end of this year. The Panamera S Hybrid is the second vehicle of its kind to be developed by the German manufacturer. The Panamera S Hybrid is not only a hybrid, it’s the most fuel efficient Porsche in history.

The Panamera S Hybrid is capable of producing a total of 380 horsepower; 333 via a 3.0-liter supercharged V6, with the remaining 47 being produced by an electric motor. The electric motor powers the vehicle until it reaches just north of 50 mph. This allows the Panamera S Hybrid to accelerate from 0-60 mph in 5.7 seconds and top out at 167 mph. All this power is controlled via the 8-speed Tiptronic S transmission.

Porsche Panamera S Hybrid: Courtesy Porsche North America

In addition to being powerful, the gasoline and electric combination is also extremely fuel efficient. Porsche estimates the Panamera S Hybrid will average between 33-34 mpg on the highway. The varying mileage is due to low-rolling-resistance tires, which are optional. Another reason for the great fuel economy is what Porsche calls a “sailing” mode. Upon lifting off the gas pedal at highway speeds the gasoline engine completely shuts off and disengaged from the drivetrain by a decoupling clutch. The engine kicks back on when the driver applies pressure back onto the gas pedal. This “sailing mode” is possible because of Porsche’s “Hybrid Manager.”

Being that this is a Porsche, the interior comes as well designed and engineered as the exterior and mechanical components. The Panamera S Hybrid is equipped with Porsche Active Suspension Management (PASM), Porsche Communication Management navigation system (PCM), and bi-xenon headlights. The PCM has a special display, unique to the Panamera S Hybrid, that allows the driver to actively monitor the vehicles hybrid and electrical systems.

The Porsche Panamera S Hybrid is scheduled to go on sale towards the end of the year, with a base MSRP of $95,000.

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