In 2016, the second-generation BMW X1 will come to market. While the first generation was offered with a rear-wheel drive or xDrive setup, the new F48 X1 will make use of BMW’s first front-wheel drive platform which can be configured to offer an all-wheel drive option 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 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.
Just like the recently unveiled BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, the F48 BMW X1 will be powered by the new family of four-cylinder engine, petrol and diesel. BMW has already confirmed that it has no plans to re-engineer its six-cylinder engine for transverse mounting.
Design wise, the new X1 will take cues from the new BMW X5 as well as the upcoming X4, so expect a more dynamic front fascia with the kidney grille connected to the headlights, and a more upright nose. The design will cater to a younger demographic looking for an attractive crossover without sacrificing space and versatility.