A new prototype for the next-generation BMW X1 compact crossover has been spied in the midst of testing. This particular test mule is one of the production ready models and is reportedly testing the final details for the car before it is revealed. Underpinning the X1 will be the UKL front-wheel drive platform

Understandably, the general design of the new BMW X1 reflects the German firm’s current design philosophies. Consequently, it features relatively sharp headlights which have maintained some curves as well as the trademark BMW kidney grille. In the cabin, the BMW X1 is expected to feature similar design traits to the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.

As mentioned, the car will use a front-wheel drive layout but it will be available with the BMW xDrive all-wheel drive system and in the U.S, all-wheel drive will be the only option. From an engine standpoint, the X1 will include the same 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine from the current Mini range as well as a number of diesel options. The most powerful model at launch should deliver around 240 hp from its turbocharged 2.0-litre four-cylinder.


According to reports from last July however, the BMW X1 could be made available in M specification to rival the likes of the Mercedes-Benz GLA45 AMG and Audi RS Q3.


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