Next to the 1-Series hatchback version, BMW is also preparing to make some changes for the smallest SUV in the line-up: the X1. However, do not expect to see it happen one or two years after we will see the new 1-Series generation launched, meaning the new X1 is expected sometime in 2014-2015.
And as with the 1-Series models, the future X1 will focus on improving the car’s general look, the interior comfort, but also on improving the fuel consumption. As a result the general look will be inspired by the latest models in the line-up, like the 5-Series, but also from the future 3-Series. As for the interior, standard equipment will include all the latest BMW technologies, and most likely the latest ConnectDrive technology will be offered for those interested.
As for the engine line-up, BMW will keep the current engine line-up, but with modifications made in order to lower the fuel consumption. Start-Stop, xDrive and other technologies like this will also be offered, while a hybrid version is a big possibility.
UPDATE 07/03/2012: British magazine Autocar has learned a few more things about the upcoming generation BMW X1. According to the magazine, the next X1 will drop the current rear-wheel-drive platform in favor of a new front-drive architecture which will be shared with the next 1-Series GT and the second-generation Mini Countryman. The new platform is known as the UKL (German for "Unter Klasse" or "entry level") and will be combined with a Haldex style multi-plate clutch. It will also be offered exclusively with four-cylinder engines.