As with the 1 Series models, the new X1 will focus on improving the SUV’s general look, cabin comfort and fuel consumption. As a result, the X1 will take inspiration from the latest models in the BMW lineup, like the 5 Series and 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 engines, BMW will keep the current engine lineup, but with modifications made in order to lower 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.
Updated 07/14/2014: Today we created a very cool rendering for the future X1. Check it out after the jump.
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We based our rendering on the idea that the next X1 will be an evolution rather than a revolution. The biggest change will be of course the new headlamps which will get the car’s fascia more in line with the rest of the SUVs like the X3,X6. Also, the kidney grille will be in a higher position and will have less height and width than before. Also, the lower air intakes at the front will be significantly larger than the current generation.
July 10, 2014 - BMW X1 starts dropping cammo
December 10, 2013 - 2015 BMW X1 begins road testings
Unfortunately, the prototype is so heavily camouflaged in these spy shots, so we cannot make out any of the details. What we do know is that this is, in fact the new X1, and that it is a good ways away from production. We’ll keep an eye out for more prototypes out testing and update you as soon as we catch them.
January 17, 2014 - First winter testings
Nothing new here, except that we get to see the X1 in the powdery white substance that is foreign to us Floridians.