Rendering – India-bound 2016 BMW X1 will be shorter, sends power to the front wheels


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!

Power comes from three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines.

The testing of the next gen BMW X1 is already underway and here are the speculative renderings of the entry-level crossover created by Auto Bild.

2016 BMW X1 rendering front three quarter
The new BMW X1 will be based on the modular UKL front wheel drive platform.

While the current generation X1 which created the compact premium SUV category is based on the underpinnings of the previous generation 3 Series’s rear wheel drive platform, the next gen model will sit on BMW’s UKL modular front wheel drive platform which debuted in the new Mini.

2016 BMW X1 rendering rear three quarter
The rear gets larger taillights and a new tailgate.

The 2016 X1 will get sharper headlamp design, a revised kidney grille and a new front bumper. In profile, the crossover would remain more or less the same save for a mildly revised greenhouse and a possible fender vent that is seen in the latest Bimmers.

The rear fascia would get a steeply raked windshield, a new tailgate and larger sweptback combination lights with the signature ‘L’ shaped LED elements.

2016 BMW X1 rendering profile
The car is reported to be 100 mm shorter than its predecessor.

The UKL platform is said to make the new X1’s length shorter by 100 mm. However, since it is front wheel driven, the engine will be mounted transversely compared to the current car’s longitudinal layout, resulting in more real estate for the cabin. The absence of a transmission tunnel is not only expected to reduce weight but will also free up space for rear seat occupants.

Check out an earlier rendering of the new BMW X1

The upcoming SUV would be powered by three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel motors with displacements ranging from 1.5-litres (three-cylinder) to 2.0-litres (four -cylinder). Transmission options would include 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic units. All wheel drive variants will also be available.

The 2016 BMW X1 should reach Indian shores in 6-8 months from its global debut.

Competitors: Audi Q3, Mercedes GLA

Expected Price: INR 28 – 32 lakhs, ex-showroom

Launch Date in Europe: 2015

2015 BMW X1 – Image Gallery

[Renderings from Auto Bild]

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