Spied – India-bound 2016 BMW X1 testing in China
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!
The 2016 BMW X1 was recently spied testing in Europe and now the test mules of the next gen crossover have surfaced in China.
The design is expected to be an evolution of the existing model with the front and rear fascias subscribing to BMW’s latest family design language. Expect a lower slung stance with sharper elements and revised LED taillights. The interior is also expected to receive noticeable enhancements.
The new car will be underpinned by the modular UKL front wheel drive platform (the current X1 is based on a RWD platform) that debuted on the new MINI. The upcoming 2 Series Active Tourer and the next gen 1 Series are also based on the UKL platform.
International media reports suggest that the next gen X1 could be smaller than the outgoing version but the FWD layout is expected to free-up more legroom, especially at the rear.
The entry level models would be powered by the new family of downsized 1.5-litre three cylinder petrol and diesel engines while more powerful versions would be propelled by 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors. The higher end variants will be equipped with xDrive all wheel drive system but it remains to be seen whether BMW will introduce xDrive in the India bound X1.
The 2016 BMW X1 is expected to make its global debut sometime in 2015. India should get the next gen model a few months after its international launch given that models like the X1 are important volume spinners for the brand here. The new X1 will compete with the Audi Q3 and the new Mercedes GLA, both of which are based on front wheel drive architectures.