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Next-Gen X1 Will Go Front-Wheel Drive and Share Mini Driveline Components

BMW X1

While we are all anxiously awaiting the debut of the X1 in the U.S., which is set to happen this fall, BMW is hard at work piecing together the next-generation model. According to Autocar, this work involves figuring out how to fit Mini Countryman drivetrain components under the next-gen X1. This combination of the Mini and BMW lineup is expected to help reduce production costs and hopefully reduce its cost to the buyer.

In addition to sharing underpinnings with the Mini Countryman , the next-generation X1, which is expected to debut in 2015, will come standard with front-wheel drive, as opposed to the standard rear-wheel drive that the 2013 X1 will bear. It will, however, retain its optional all-wheel drive. This new chassis, dubbed the Unter Klasse (UKL), will also eliminate the possibility of a 6-cylinder option for the next-gen X1, as BMW has no plans to transversely mount a 6-pot in any of its cars.

In reality, there are chances of the X1 getting an even smaller engine, as BMW is supposedly considering dropping the petite 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine in the 2015 X1. This all comes as a huge surprise to us, as the X1 is just now making its way to the States, and BMW is already planning on pretty much scrapping the entire thing. Plus, to start throwing Countryman parts onto this crossover SUV is just going to make it that much more irrelevant to buyers that may need to haul anything more than the kids and luggage around.

We guess we’ll just have to wait and see exactly how BMW plans to set this whole system up, as one of the key components to a crossover SUV is its ability to haul light cargo. The Countryman’s 860-pound max payload capacity doesn’t quite fit the bill. We’ll keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: AutoCar


9 comments:

I know it’s not a waste of time. Give us update on this future X1.

Maybe it will use the same platform, but the engine will be the differences.

What would be the future modifications on the next X1?

I’m also hoping that they can finish this project immediately.

They can do it. I know. They already learned from their previous project, and this next-generation will not be a waste of time. I’ll keep posted in this article for further announcement.

According to Auto car, their work involves figuring out how to fit Mini Countryman drive train components under the next-gen X1.

@Allen_Bryson: When they worked on it, you might be surprised with the effective application on their units.

@Allen_Bryson: Why it wouldn’t fit? They can make it happen. They have the best Mech. Engr. in town.

They’ll be fitting the Mini on their next-generation X1? I don’t think all of those will be fitted on the X1 platform.

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