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Two versions of the X1 are initially planned for U.S. sale: a rear-wheel-drive X1 xDrive28i running a 245-hp turbocharged 2.0-liter inline four-cylinder engine and an all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive35i with a 306-hp turbocharged 3.0-liter inline six-cylinder powerplant. Both come standard with an eight-speed automatic gearbox, with the xDrive28i receiving a standard stop/start system. Other BMW EfficientDynamics functions used by the X1 models for North America include brake-energy recuperation, electric power steering and an on-demand system that only sees the engine ancillaries-such as the water pump and the oil pump-operate when required, placing less strain on the engine and leading to lower fuel consumption.

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