BMW X1 2015

Testing of the next-generation BMW X1 crossover, codenamed F48, has started in Germany. This next-gen BMW X1 is likely to make its debut in 2015. New platform will be used to build this car, called UKL1 (short of Unter Klasse – Under Class) FWD. It is the same one used for the 1 Series hatchback.

BMW X1 2015

Stories suggest it has been built with the flexibility to underpin the next generation 1 Series as well as the next generation 3 Series. AWD and RWD powertrains  are also possibility. BMW is likely to build the upcoming 1-Series GT MPV and also, the 2-Series on this platform. The  BMW X1 2015 crossover will be available in front-wheel and all-wheel drive versions. Current X1 offers only rear and all-wheel drive.

BMW X1 2015

BMW X1 2015 engine

The 2015 BMW X1 is unlikely to be offered with a 6 cylinder petrol motor. The only engines on offer will be the next generation 4 cylinder petrol and diesel engines. 2015 X1 will again feature a range of four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. It is also expected to be offered with an entry-level turbocharged 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder, that will have an output of between 122 and 224 HP (90-165 kW). A hybrid drivetrain seen in the likes of the BMW Concept Active Tourer and Active Tourer Outdoor also has potential to power the new compact crossover. Switch from RWD to FWD will be the biggest move.

BMW X1 2015

BMW X1 2015 design, release, price

The shared chassis will reduce production costs for the 2015 BMW X1 and offer more interior space thanks to the transversely mounted engine. New X1 is set to receive an evolutionary styling update with modest updates to the front and rear fascia. The cabin should also get an overhaul.

BMW X1 2015

Since production costs are reduced, expect to save some on this vehicle. However, there is no indication about price. Third generation of X1 – BMW X1 2015 is expected to be unveiled during 2014, expected debut is early in 2015 and start of global sales to follow into 2016.

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