BMW X1 to go front-wheel drive with the new generation

BMW X1, Featured Posts | September 14th, 2013 by 10
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The highly successful BMW X1 will get a new design in 2016. But that it’s not the only change that the X1 will go through. …

The highly successful BMW X1 will get a new design in 2016. But that it’s not the only change that the X1 will go through. According to our sources, the second generation BMW X1 will be built on the new front-wheel drive architecture.

To gain space and also to feature more attractive and well proportioned design lines, the BMW X1 will take advantage of the FWD setup which offers more interior space while retaining the driving dynamics. The front-drive architecture will be shared with future MINIs and the upcoming 1 Series GT.

The rear-wheel driveicon1 and xDrive models sold to 300,000 customers around the world since its market launch in Fall 2009. The X1 was praised by magazines and rewarded for its agile handling, fuel efficiency and extraordinary versatility.

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The decision to drop the iconic rear-wheel drive platform is directly related to BMW’s goals to lower production costs, while offering added packaging benefits. The second generation X1 might offer an upgraded interior and gadgetry thanks to new space-saving that will results from the mounting of the engine.

The X1 will share many of its key elements with the second-generation MINI Countryman.

The front-wheel drive architecture will be combined with Haldex style multi-plate clutch to provide a four-wheel drive capability.

Under the hood, the X1 family will make exclusive use of four-cylinder engine since BMW has already confirmed that it has no plans to re-engineer its six-cylinder engine for transverse mounting.

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10 responses to “BMW X1 to go front-wheel drive with the new generation”

  1. Freudeking says:

    What more attractive proportion lines can be achieved with FWD set up? What non-sense is this? Have you seen the patent designs of the 1GT? It is hideous! These BMWs are just ugly!

  2. E34 says:

    If BMW goes front wheel drive I’ll sell mine and never look back, cuz they will lose soul and that special feeling, it will be like you’re driving a VW, nice way to take a dump on enthusiasts.

  3. CDspeed says:

    They will still offer x-drive so how much space will they save? Still they’re only doing FWD in their smallest cars, if they were really going to loose their soul, they’d have to make FWD versions of their traditional model lines.

  4. John Grumpy Cat says:

    BMW don’t care anymore about their enthusiasts…they only care about mass marketing the brand.

    • maciek says:

      for enthusiasts is m3, can’t afford? buy 3-er. x is for mass market. the same story like cayenne, and nothing wrong about it

  5. Ricky Calo says:


  6. Andy Rusin says:

    If this is the only SUV they making FWD, I don’t see anything wrong with going in this direction. This is a way to bring this car to a lower price point to be more competitive with the MB GLA and Lexus NX.

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