The 2016 BMW X1 long-wheelbase is a model destined for the Chinese market and has been spied testing several times before, but now PCauto.com.cn via IndianAutosBlog has published patent images which fully reveal its exterior.
The extended wheelbase BMW X1 will essentially be the same front-wheel drive based X1, based on BMW’s new UKL architecture, except it will have an extra row of seats, making it a seven seater. The roofline is extended quite a bit and less sloping than the standard wheelbase model and the rear end is a bit taller. Also, the shape of the three-quarter glass seems to be a bit different than the standard car. Otherwise, the long-wheelbase BMW X1 will look just as attractive as the standard car.
The UKL platform also dictates the positioning of engines. Under the hood, the three and four-cylinder engines are mounted transversely hence there is not enough space for six-cylinder engines. In China, the X1 LWB will be powered by a 2.0-litre BMW TwinPower Turbo turbocharged four-cylinder petrol engine. A three-cylinder-powered model is likely to be introduced as well. The engine should be mated to an 8-speed automatic transmission. The standard wheelbase X1 is 4,439 mm long and has a wheelbase of 2,670 mm. The long-wheelbase version’s could be stretched by around 100 mm.
The Chinese market values backseat space more than almost anything else, that’s why BMW builds long-wheelbase version of even the 3 Series for it. So it’s understandable why the X1 would be made as such for the Chinese market.