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.
The front-wheel drive architecture will be combined with Haldex style multi-plate clutch to provide a four-wheel drive capability.
The 2016 BMW X1 family will make exclusive use of four-cylinder engines and potential three-cylinder powerplants.[Source: Gmotors]