The second-generation BMW X1 will debut in 2016. Built under the codename F48, the new X1 Sports Activity Vehicle moves away from the rear-wheel drive platform to the new BMW UKL front-wheel drive. An xDrive variant will continue to be offered as well.
We exclusively reported on the BMW X1 FWD back at the 2013 Frankfurt Auto Show.
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.
Rendering: 2016 BMW X1
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.