Rumor: BMW to launch 1 Series Sport Cross – XCite

1-series, Rumors | February 24th, 2015 by 12
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According to Automobile Mag, BMW is preparing to launch a new niche model. Dubbed 1 Series Sport Cross or XCite, the name BMW uses internally …

According to Automobile Mag, BMW is preparing to launch a new niche model. Dubbed 1 Series Sport Cross or XCite, the name BMW uses internally for the new lifestyle vehicle.

Known internally as NEC, short for new entry crossover, BMW XCite will straddle two segments. It will be neither a 1 Series “SUV” nor a downsized X1, but it will likely be badged the 1 Series Sport Cross when it hits the market. 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.

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.

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It is likely to come with body styles: a five-door hatch in 2018 and a three-door variant a year later. The exterior and interior design will also be different from today’s BMW lineup. Although BMW’s design freeze is still several months away, most proposals are quite progressive and polarizing, sources say. The design could feature a compact greenhouse on top of a muscular body; a wide stance; a long nose, long roof, and wide track; and an edgy mix of M Sport and X-line styling elements.

XCite will be available with three- and four-cylinder engines and with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions.

BMW aims to compete in this quirky segment with the Citroën C4 Cactus and the Nissan Juke.

Automobile Mag says that an “internal paper lists a variety of the XCite’s attributes: avant-garde, different, urban, unconventional, young, aggressive, wide, low, courageous, anti-establishment, consciously compromised, disrespectful, sensitive, and sensible.”

The base price will likely come in below $30,000, somewhere between a 1 Series and an X1, and BMW plans to build 250,000 units over the life of the crossover.

12 responses to “Rumor: BMW to launch 1 Series Sport Cross – XCite”

  1. Michael says:

    Far too similar to the 2AT to have any credence.

  2. Mike says:

    “The 2 Series Coupe and Convertible will remain on the rear-wheel drive architecture and will be using the next generation 35up RWD.”

    When was that confirmed? Last I heard it was still being debated as to if the next 2er would go UKL or 35up.

  3. SF Dede says:

    With BMWNA’s strange choices they’ll bring this in lieu of the 1 series hatch. More crossover crap.

  4. SF Dede says:

    With BMWNA’s strange choices they’ll bring this in lieu of the 1 series hatch. More crossover crap.

  5. jason bourne says:

    Hideous front end, especially the grille and headlights… What happened to good taste?

  6. jason bourne says:

    Hideous front end, especially the grille and headlights… What happened to good taste?

  7. Lawrence says:

    I am a bit concerned about the number of cars that BMW wants to put on this FWD platform that it has…. It really doesn’t seem like it is something of quality. I looked at the 2 Series Active Tourer and all the things that they used to moan about Audi – like the lack of 50/50 weight distribution are all present in the 2 Series AT. The interior quality is also shocking. The engine sits in front of the front axle!!! I guess I am just disappointed with all these developments that can be deemed as cost cutting and giving customers poor quality cars, poor quality dynamics and in essence everything that is NOT BMW with a BMW badge. BMW is chipping at their entry level vehicles and making a whole lot of them at a level that is comparable to other non-premium vehicles such as VW, Nissan, Chev. This is a dilution of the BMW brand of the highest degree, and no this is not some kind of arrogance. It is just the realisation that BMW no longer wants to be a car company that focuses on premium products. Sad but true.

  8. Lawrence says:

    The BMW X1 should be scrapped and be replaced with something that is like the Land Rover Evoque.

  9. BMW Cars Hq says:

    The BMW XCite 1 Series Sport Cross looks very sharp and endearing…. #BMWXCite #BMW #BMW1Series #BMWSportCross #BMW #XCite

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