German magazine AutoBild says BMW is working a 1 Series-based crossover. Dubbed BMW 1 Series Sports Cross, the crossover is based on the UKL front-wheel drive platform and would sit below the second-generation BMW X1, also a front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive crossover.
Details are scarce at the moment, but the BMW 1 Series Sports Cross aims to extend the next generation 1 Series which will move to a front-wheel drive layout. The 2 Series Coupe and Convertible will remain on the rear-wheel drive architecture and will be using the next generation 35up RWD.
The 1 Series Sports Cross rendering shows a vehicle of the size of a 1 Series hatchback, but with a higher ride height and four doors with a coupe sloping roof line. The front follows the upcoming BMW design language, with more angular shapes and sleek headlights.
The third generation 1 Series hatch will debut in 2018, so if the BMW 1 Series Sports Cross gets the green light, it won’t arrive before 2019-2020.