2016 BMW X1 with front-wheel drive – SPY VIDEO

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A 2016 BMW X1 prototype was spied during a testing session. BMW X1 will get a new design in 2016 along with a new drivetrain. …

A 2016 BMW X1 prototype was spied during a testing session.

BMW X1 will get a new design in 2016 along with a new drivetrain. The second generation BMW X1 will be built on the new front-wheel drive architecture which gives extended interior space and proportioned design lines. The front-drive architecture will be shared with future MINIs and the upcoming 1 Series GT.

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.

2016 BMW X1 with front wheel drive   SPY VIDEO

The front-wheel drive architecture will be combined with Haldex style multi-plate clutch to provide a four-wheel drive2016 BMW X1 with front wheel drive   SPY VIDEO capability.

The 2016 BMW X1 family will make exclusive use of four-cylinder engines and potential three-cylinder powerplants.

[Source: Gmotors]

  • Dave

    Anyone know when the last of the current x1s will be built?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      Too soon to know. Probably 2015

  • mckillio

    What are the chances of BMW making a 5 cylinder that could fit in front wheel drive applications?

  • realtrevor

    “The second generation BMW X1 will be built on the new front-wheel drive architecture which gives extended interior space and proportioned design lines.”

    Still no one has answered my question about the “extended interior space” nonsense. Does the same car equipped with 4WD have less “interior space” than the FWD version as there is a prop-shaft that has to transfer drive to the rear wheels?

    • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

      The design of an FWD comes with shorter overhangs and a more boxy look. So that will allow for more room. The overall platform allows for that, regardless if AWD or FWD.

      • realtrevor

        I still do not get it. BMW is known to have shorter overhangs compared to competitors while using RWD.
        Technically what makes FWD to have shorter overhangs? With a RWD you can move the front axle as forward as possible, which improves weight distribution as the engine sits behind that front axle. Same thing applies to the rear axle, you can move it further back?

        • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

          I meant the opposite. Sorry. Longer front overhang and shorter hood.

          A RWD car has the engine behind the front axle so it sets the cabin further, therefore less space.

          • realtrevor

            I feel like the only reason BMW, is moving to a FWD architecture if for cost savings, because its cheaper to put together a FWD car than a RWD, and also to share the platform with the next gen MINI which will save BMW a lot of money.

            There is really no benefit of a FWD architecture in a car as big as an X1 or 1 series. The Merc A class is FWD but its more cramped than the RWD 1 series. So BMW should come clean and let everybody know that in pursuit of profits they have decided to ditch one of the biggest BMW traditions of RWD driving machines for a cheap FWD architecture.

          • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

            Truth is that the lines of the X1 can be improved. And to distinguish itself even more from all the other X models.

            Cost saving is of course a factor as well.

          • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

            Check back in about 10 min for an interview with BMW Head of Exterior design who talks about FWD and next X1. It will explain more than I just did. Feel free to reply after here and tell me what you think.

          • realtrevor

            Thank you, I will check later.

          • maciek

            Hi! It is about engine position. FWD: engine is parallel to front axle of, RWD – opposit. Horatiu is right about space. And you are both right about cost ;)
            I repeat my previous comment: X is for mass market, to earn money and develop M3 for enthusiast!
            there is nothing wrong in it :) simply buy 3er, or M3 if you can afford! voice with your money!

          • http://www.bmwblog.com Horatiu B.

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