2016 BMW X1 M – Rendering
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BMW revealed the second generation X1 crossover last week, featuring an evolutionary design, new UKL platform and fuel-efficient engines. However, there was no word of an “M” version of the X1, which could sit as the range-topping model, offering prospective customers an option for a performance-oriented crossover.
Although there are still no reports of a possible introduction, X-Tomi Design has rendered their version of the BMW X1 M, giving us an insight as to what the new X1 would look like with the usual M treatment.
Expect a body kit that is more aerodynamic and aggressive than the already-sporty X1 with the M-Sport package, with characteristic features such as large intakes, low profile tires, wider body kit and a quad exhaust system.
It’s unclear on what engine it could be getting, if BMW ever green-lights the X1 M. It could draw power from a highly force-fed 2.0-liter turbo petrol motor producing north of 300 hp. However, there were reports that the UKL platform is flexible enough for an inline six cylinder engine option.
The new X1 will make its global debut at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show. An Indian launch is expected in the first half of 2016. As with the current model, BMW India will continue assembling the new X1 at their factory in Chennai.
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[Source: X-Tomi Design]