At one time, BMW was synonymous with the 3 Series, but that all changed with the launch of the X5 in 1999. Today, you're as likely to see an X3 or X5 on the road and that proliferation of X models will grow further still in 2013 with the introduction of the X1. We've known about the X1 for a while, but a change in plans going from a naturally-aspirated I-6 to BMW's new 240-hp TwinPower 2.0-liter direct-injected turbocharged I-4 as the base engine along with strong demand in Europe delayed its U.S. debut.

With a surprisingly low starting price, the X1 has the potential to be a hit. Including an $895 destination charge, the rear-drive X1 sDrive28i model starts at just $31,545, but as is typical for German cars, there are numerous package and a la carte options that can drive the price up considerably. The sDrive28i comes standard with automatic climate control, rain-sensing windshield wipers, one-touch power up/down front windows, HD Radio, and Bluetooth hands-free calling.

Stepping up to the X1 xDrive28i (BMW-speak for all-wheel drive) adds $1700 to the total, although the online configurator was forcing us to select the xLine package, which includes 18-inch Y-spoke alloy wheels, Dark Copper high-gloss interior trim, and Black Leatherette, which also adds another $1900 to the total. Even with that, you're still out the door for a fairly reasonable $35,145.

Should you want to make your wallet beg for mercy, fear not, BMW is happy to oblige. Clicking every box we could on the top-of-the-line turbocharged six-cylinder X1 xDrive35i, we were able to get the total up to $49,370 for a fully kitted-out M Sport Line model with the Ultimate package. Considering that most German cars crest the $50k mark just by looking at them, that total is not too outrageous.

If you're curious about the options and packages available for the new 2013 BMW X1, click on over to BMW USA's X1 page.

Source: BWM