In just a few months, BMW will unveil the second generation X1 and a prototype was just spotted at Nurburgring during high-speed testing.
Design wise, the F48 X1 continues the design theme brought to market by the recent BMW models. The oversized kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which also includes chrome inserts for an increased sporty look. In the back, the 2016 BMW X1 sports the typical BMW L-shaped taillights, now with LED strips.
Compared to the current E84 X1, the next X1 abandons its long flat hood for a more rounded nose, similar to the 2 Series Active Tourer. The hood is also more sculpted while the front fascia gets more aggressive in looks. On the side of the car, we will see the Air Breathers that are now part of the BMW’s DNA. The character line is also more prominent running across the entire car separating the shapes and creating a 3D look.
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. 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.
Our sources say the new X1 is a stunning SUV that has mature both in design and identity, and will take everyone by surprise.
The 2016 BMW X1 will dip into the range of engines, all turbocharged, from the new MINI and the 2 Series Active Tourer. Logically, we should find the new three-cylinder 1.5 liter with 136 hp and four-cylinder 2.0-liter with 231 hp. A 2.0 liter four-cylinder 150 hp diesel will be offered as well and most likely another more powerful diesel model will join the X1 lineup too. A six-speed manual and a ZF 8-speed automatic will send power to the wheels.
A plug-in hybrid based on the recently unveiled eDrive platform will be included in the offering also. We expect to see a three-cylinder 1.5 liter engine assisted by an electric motor with a total power output of around 190 hp.
An X1 M35i is also schedule to be unveiled in 2016 producing around 320 hp from the B48 engine.
Production will begin in August 2015 with sales beginning in the Fall.