Report – BMW working on sub-X1 crossover

Nithyanandh

Nithyanandh K, As a toddler, those wheeled machinery fascinated me even before I knew what they’re called as! So here I'm, petrolhead by birth, Mechanical engineer by qualification and automotive reporter by profession!

To be based on the next gen 1-er.

Auto Bild magazine reports that BMW is working on a new crossover which would slot below the X1. Reported to be called the BMW 1 Series Sport Cross, the product would be a variant extension on the next gen 1 Series hatchback’s FWD UKL platform.

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The 1 Series Sport Cross would be a derivative of the next gen hatchback. [Image: Current gen BMW 1 Series.]
The 1 Series Sport Cross would be a smaller and cheaper alternative to the X1 which will also move to the FWD platform for its second generation.

It’s too early to speculate about the technical details but the 1 Series Sport Cross should logically borrow its range of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines from the next gen luxury hatchback.

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The new crossover is expected to feature the new family of three-cylinder petrol and diesel engines which debuted on the new Mini.

The next gen 1 Series is expected to be ready by 2018 which means the sub-X1 crossover, if produced, will not be ready before 2019. As of now, the new Beemer in question would compete with the Audi Q1, which is announced to enter the market come 2016.

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Considering that India is a country that loves crossovers, the BMW 1 Series Sport Cross has a good chance of launching here once its ready.

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[Source: Auto Bild]

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