For Americans, it may seem way early to see next gen X1 prototypes, but here it is. As the current X1 has been in production in Europe since 2009, the next generation model should come in 2015-2016.
On the outside, the F48 X1 adopts a brawnier and stockier look, owing to a significantly shorter front end, shortened overhangs, and a taller and more upright greenhouse.
The next X1 will make the switch from RWD to FWD by riding on BMW’s FWD “UKL” platform, which will also underpin the next 1 Series and MINIs. However, like the current X1, the next generation model should also be offered with AWD transmission. The switch to FWD will allow for better packaging, less costly production and more interior space.
These are the first photos of what may be the next generation 2016 BMW X1 SAV.
Time flies. Only 2 years after its introduction, BMW is apparently already preparing a facelift (AKA “LCI”) for the popular X1 SAV. As these images show, BMW sticks to their usual facelift approach.
The front bumpers will be reworked significantly for a more sporty and wider appearance, similar to the existing M Sport package. The rear bumpers will follow the same lead with a more ‘diffusor style’ appearance. Head and rear lights will get new graphics (updated rear lights not yet shown in these images).
It’s hard to tell for sure from these images but we wouldn’t be surprised if the X1 LCI also got its side indicators moved to the rear view mirrors. The camo tape over the redesigned mirrors and the side indicators at the front … CONTINUED
Sharp eyed member twenzel spotted this X1 in Wilmington, NC. Past rumors had pointed to an official annoucement of the X1s US arrival during the LA Auotshow. Those rumors have now moved to the Detroit Autoshow next week. The exact date of this annoucement is still unknown, but lets keep hoping theres substance to these rumors and the car arrives stateside soon!
The X1 with M sport package continues its testing. The M sport aero package will consist of an M-sport front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper/diffuser. It is expected to be announced officially soon.
The X1 with M-sport package has been spotted during testing again, this time showing the 18″ M-sport wheel option. The BMW X1 M-sport will be officially announced soon according to insiders.
The X1 has been spotted out testing an M sport aero package, consisting of an M-sport front bumper, sideskirts, and rear bumper/diffuser. Also seen are M-sport wheels.
While visiting the famed Nurburgring, our own forum member Dackelone decided to hang around ring side and snap a few photos (you can see his entire Nurburgring trip thread here), and what he cought here is quite interesting.
This looks to be a Deep Sea Blue BMW X1 which was fit with an engine sounding like the new turbo inline 6 cylinder engine from BMW that is making its way through the entire -35i lineup (aka the N55). Not only was this car fit with the N55, but it was wearing orange turn signals in the front headlights, something not yet seen on an X1, and something that could only be needed for a US spec vehicle.