Spy Shots: 2016 BMW X1 Begins Winter Testing
Like numerous other automakers around the world, BMW is knee deep in ice and snow, as it is testing its upcoming models in wintery weather. This time around it was the 2016 X1 that our spy photographers caught cruising in the snow. The model was caught testing today somewhere in Sweden and, judging by the heavy camouflage it’s wearing, it looks like BMW engineers still have lots of work to do.
The X1 will be built on the company’s new front-wheel-drive platform (UKL) that will also underpins the new Mini and will be under the new 1 Series Active Tourer. This new platform will give BMW the ability to offer more space in the new X1, as well as reduced production cost. Front-wheel drive will be standard on the X1, but BMW will offer all-wheel drive on models with more powerful engines.
Under its hood, BMW will offer the same engine as in the current model, but with modifications lower fuel consumption.
Expect a debut in September 2015 as a 2016 model.
Expect the new BMW X1 to be unveiled in September 2015 as a 2016 model.
The prototypes that I spy photographers caught testing today are still heavily camouflaged, but we expect the next X1 to take inspiration from the latest models in the BMW lineup, like the 5 Series and 3 Series. Also, do not expect the next X1 to be a revolution, as it will likely be just an evolution of the current model.
2015 BMW X1 - TopSpeed Rendering
As we said, the next BMW X1 will be an evolution of the current model, with some design elements inspired by the recently launched models. The headlights will be similar to the ones revealed by the 3 Series, the front and the rear bumpers will be revised, and the dimensions will be more compact.