2016 BMW X1 Crossover Spy Shots, Specs and Review

The BMW X1 is a relatively new crossover in US, it was officially launched back in 2012 while other markets already ride this car in 2009. The X1 received some updates for the 2015 model, but expect it as the last of such updates since BMW have decided to roll out an entirely new model for this crossover. A prototype of the new 2016 X1 has been spied, showing a much sportier and sleeker appearance. The new vehicle also features a new underpinning platform which promises significant improvements.


While the current X1 is based on the rear-wheel-drive platform of the BMW 1-Series Hatchback sold overseas and is available with either rear- or all-wheel-drive configurations, the next-generation X1 will be adopting the UKL platform common to the 2-Series Active Tourer. The UKL comes with front-wheel drive in its most basic form but has the option of all-wheel drive thanks to a Haldex-style multi-plate clutch setup. It is this latter option that will feature predominantly in the next-generation BMW X1 as well as the next MINI Cooper Countryman, though both should still be available with front-wheel drive as standard.

A spy video of an earlier prototype shows the front wheels slipping when the vehicle tires to accelerate on a wet patch of road, confirming the front-wheel-drive configuration. This means the next-generation BMW X1 won’t be as sporty as the current model, though it should be just as capable when equipped with all-wheel drive. It should also be considerably more practical due to the better packaging of front-wheel-drive layouts.


Fleshing out the details hidden by camouflage in earlier spy photos, our illustration shows that the redesigned X1 will gain the new BMW corporate face, with streamlined headlights that flow into the Blue Roundel’s kidney grille. Updating surface detailing will also be part of the package, as will a slightly elongated front overhang that hints at the X1’s FWD underpinnings.


Slightly smaller all around than the outgoing model, the next X1 will reportedly be joined by a long-wheelbase variant that will offer seating for up to seven passengers and a noticeably bigger trunk. Additionally, BMW will introduce a two-door model called X2 that will boast a sporty silhouette inspired by the X6 and a four-seater configuration.


Inside the cabin, the vehicle will be equipped with standard equipment including the latest BMW technologies. We expect that the ConnectDrive technology will also be available as optional features.



Under the hood, BMW will empower the new X1 with its new 2.0-liter turbo four B48-series engine for U.S. market. The present most powerful version of this engine develops 231 horsepower. Overseas, buyers are likely to have the choice of some diesels as well as BMW’s B38-series 1.5-liter three-cylinder engines. An eight-speed automatic is expected to be the only transmission. BMW is also believed to be working on a straight-six engine that can be transversely mounted (a requirement for UKL), though it’s unclear if this will be fitted to the X1.


It is too early to tell whether BMW will offer the next X1 with a turbodiesel engine in the United States. Similarly, BMW is keeping mum about a rumored range-topping M-tuned variant of the crossover.

Release Date & Pricing

That being said that the 2016 BMW X1 will be revealed sometime in next year. Europe market will likely to get the first chance to taste this brand new crossover, it might be unveiled at the next Geneva Motor Show next March. As for its pricing, BMW haven’t revealed any precise information about it, it should be available as the launch time approaches, so stay tuned.

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