In 2018, BMW plans to unleash a new crossover in the premium market.
Considered a niche model, the 1 Series Sport Cross or 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. German magazine Auto Motor und Sport published the first renderings of this new crossover.
Rumormill churns out that a five-door hatch will arive 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.