FRANKFURT -- BMW's new X1 compact SUV will launch next June as the second front-wheel-drive model from the brand based on the group's UKL1 platform.
The second-generation X1 will follow the 2-series Active Tourer, which was the first model to be underpinned with the new platform, and the first modern-era BMW to be powered by the front-wheel drive. European sales of the Active Tourer will begin in September.
BMW sources say the carmaker also plans a third model on the platform, the X2 SUV. The X2 will be a three-door vehicle with a four-seat interior and is said to resemble the larger X6 SUV. Like the X1, the model will launch next summer and will be among a total of ten derivatives that BMW brand is planning off the front-wheel-drive architecture in the future.
BMW Group also uses the new platform for its new Mini and the automaker plans to further streamline operations by developing the new X1 and X2 jointly with the second-generation Mini Countryman and Clubman, which will all share the same drivelines, electrical systems and chassis components in addition to the new platform.
Less like a wagon
BMW says the new five-door, five-seat X1 looks less like a small station wagon than the current model with a shorter hood and a steeper slope rearward for the car’s roofline. The carmaker says the new crossover is smaller than the current model, but an extended version is planned for the United States, China and Russia, with a third row, longer rear overhang and a bigger cargo area.
The X1, which will compete with the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA, is expected to cost more than the current model and will also be offered with four-wheel drive.
Several turbocharged three- and four-cylinder direct-injection gasoline and common-rail diesels are planned. Gasoline engines range from a base 1.5-liter three-cylinder unit in the front-wheel-drive X1 sDrive18i to a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine in the all-wheel-drive X1 xDrive25i.