The test driver is pushing the 2016 BMW X1 to its limits at the Nurburgring race track ahead of a forthcoming official launch this summer.
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. A long-wheelbase, seven seater X1 will be offered for the Chinese market.
Design wise, the 2016 X1 abandons the long flat hood seen on the previous model 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 thanks to the wider kidney grille. 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 large kidney grille is surrounded by new, elongated and more attractive headlights with the usual eyebrow. The large air intakes dominate the front bumper which for some models 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.
Production will begin in July 2015 with sales beginning in October.