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Rumor: Next generation BMW X1 to go front-wheel drive

Rumors | October 13th, 2012 by 3
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The rumor of a future BMW X1 with front-wheel drive surfaced back in June, but it returns today with a new iteration from the usual …

The rumor of a future BMW X1 with front-wheel drive surfaced back in June, but it returns today with a new iteration from the usual insider Scott27. In a post on the Germancarforum discussion board, the BMW source talks about the design language of the next generation X1 and how it will be taking advantage of the UKL platform.

Here is the post in its entirely, with small grammar changes.

Design of the new BMW X1

“Design response? Very evolutionary appearance, retains the X1 surface treatment that defines the character lines but in keeping more with the new design language by adding more dimension. As before it looks very sport orientated with a solid stance and dynamic in appearance.

Rumor: Next generation BMW X1 to go front wheel drive

BMW X5 rendering

The overall outline is something similar to this X5 render with the front end design (minus M packet here) not being too far off.

It is slightly bigger which will be reflected inside but this model had no interior as it was the styling model. But still remains as BMW’s compact SAV which will sit above the sub-compact BMW F.A.S.T. The entry SAV/MPV/Touring/Coupe/Crossover and connect to the rest of the BMW X-line.

The big change to the X1 is of course the move to the UKL platform meaning that entry X1 models will be FWD with larger engined models retaining AWD. But given BMW’s determination to focus on making FWD BMWs the most agile FWD cars in its class, this should be reflected in the final product.

The interesting addition is the inclusion of a BMW X2. Forgoing the typical SAC appearance of the X6 and forthcoming X4 models because as the concept gets smaller, proportions and especially headroom gets tighter in the rear.
Think of the X2 as the MINI Paceman is to the MINI Countryman and is a lower roofed SAV with a shallow glasshouse and dynamic angled roofline. The X2 is exclusively the first 3dr BMW SAV/SAC model.

The move to determine more prestige , space and sportier appearance is to keep the next generation X1 retain its current status as Europes no 1 best selling Sport Activity Vehicle in light of advancing competitors to the segment.”

 

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