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Next-Gen BMW X1 Spied at the ‘Ring and in the Snow

Motor Trend logo Motor Trend 3/17/2015 Karla Sanchez
Next-Gen BMW X1 Spied at the ‘Ring and in the Snow

The upcoming BMW X1 seems to be extremely busy these days, considering two prototypes have been spotted in two completely different places on the same day. While one was getting whipped around the track at the Nürburgring, the other was undergoing cold-weather testing in snowy Sweden. Both, however, were spotted wearing less camouflage than the last time they were spotted, giving us a better look at the upcoming car.

Although the X1 prototype keeps the signature kidney grille and halo ring headlights, we can now see that the overall shape of the front end has changed. Unlike the long hood on the current X1, the one on the prototype looks shorter and fuller, making it look more like a compact crossover than a lifted wagon. This is all because of the X1’s switch over to Mini’s new front-drive UKL platform, which replaces the current X1’s rear-drive, 3 Series-based architecture.

While the new UKL platform is used on the new generation of Minis, it also underpins the upcoming BMW 2 Series Active Tourer, which helps explain why the X1 prototype resembles it from the side and back with its sharply raked windshield and flatter rear end. Thanks to its new crossover-like stance, the X1 looks a bit more rugged and almost like a mini X3, though it doesn’t look as aggressive as its bigger brother. BMW also claims the next-gen X1 will have more passenger space, and we don’t doubt it since the X1 looks plumper than the model it will replace.

Related Link: Research the BMW X1

Next Gen BMW X1 Prototype On The Track Front Right View© Provided by MotorTrend Next Gen BMW X1 Prototype On The Track Front Right View

As far as engine choices go, the X1 could offer BMW's 2.0-liter turbo-four making at least 200 hp, or in some markets, the1.5-liter turbocharged inline-three in the 2014 Mini Cooper. Don't expect the 3.0-liter turbocharged inline-six to return due to the new drivetrain layout, which will continue to offer all-wheel drive as an option.

Check out the more crossover-like X1 in the photos above.

Photo Source: CarPix

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