Images and a few details of the all-new, India bound BMW X1 has been leaked ahead of its official debut today. The next generation of BMW’s smallest SUV will be based on the brand’s UKL1 architecture which also underpins the 2-Series Active and Grand Tourer minivans, apart from the MINI hatchback. Which means it’s front wheel driven, along with transversely mounted engines – a first for a BMW SUV.
The new X1 looks predictably sober, nothing cheeky about Bavaria’s new money spinner. The signature BMW nose transcends into a noticeably sloping roofline, while the slender tail lamps look particularly eye-catching. On the inside, the new X1 wields typical BMW flare, with a three spoke steering wheel and a center console angled towards the driver. It is also said to benefit from an upgraded iDrive system and adjustable rear seats that can slide up to 13 cm.
Powertrain options for the new X1 at launch purportedly include a 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel engine in 150 PS/330 Nm, 190 PS/400 Nm and 231 PS/450 Nm states of tune, and a 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol engine rated at 192 PS of power and 280 Nm of torque. There will also be an X1 xDrive 25i variant outputting 231 PS of power and 350 Nm of torque.
While xDrive variants will get an all wheel drive system, the sDrive variants get to do with front wheel drive only. Stay tuned for official images and details as they come by.