The Next-Gen BMW X1 has now been rendered speculatively by a German magazine named AutoBild. The upcoming crossover has already been spied on the roads while testing.
At first sight, the striking headlamps of the new BMW X1 undoubtedly catch one’s attention. Other new design elements at the front end include a redesigned engine grille, and a fresh styling for the front bumper. All these elements meld together smoothly to provide a new identity for the new BMW X1.
While the overall profile would remain same, the length of the new BMW X1 will be shorter as compared to the current model. At the rear, the changes would be more expansive. A new tailgate design will be introduced. It will possess newer tail-lamp setups, with larger and upswept lights along with the smart-looking LED elements.
The Next-Gen BMW X1 will be based on the UKL architecture. It is a modular platform developed by BMW, and it has already found use on the new MINI. The platform includes a front wheel drive, and is hence expected to have a few benefits. It will shorten the length of the car by about 100 mm. However, the front wheel drive does away with the need for a transmission tunnel. Hence space for rear passengers is increased.
The engine will be mounted transversely in the new X1, thereby resulting in more cabin space. In the older X1, the engine used to be mounted longitudinally. The use of the UKL platform is also expected to reduce a significant amount of weight.
Engine options on the new BMW X1 will include both diesel and petrol powerplants. There will be choices of three-cylinder and four-cylinder engines on both the fuel options. The three-pot engines will have a displacement of 1.5 Liters, whereas the 4-cylinder ones will be bigger at 2 litres. Transmission choices will have a six-speed manual unit, and another 8-speed automatic unit.
The next-gen BMW X1 will be priced in the range of 30 lakhs INR. It might make its way to the Indian market a few months after the global unveiling in 2015.