The second-generation BMW X1 compact SUV/crossover gets more interior room, a more rugged design and additional technology.
The new X1 will go on sale in October, a month after its public debut at the Frankfurt auto show. It competes with the redesigned Mercedes-Benz GLC that replaces the GLK, the Audi A3 and the Range Rover Evoque. Pricing will be announced closer to launch, BMW said.
The redesigned X1 uses the BMW Group’s new front-wheel-drive architecture shared with Mini. The architecture is also being used on the 2-series Active Tourer and Grand Tourer minivans that are sold in Europe and Asia but are not scheduled for sale in the U.S.
BMW said in a statement that the front-wheel-drive construction has been developed "to deliver the driving dynamics typical of the brand." The new chassis will improve the X1’s handling and ride comfort, it said.
The X1's interior offers significantly more space for passengers and luggage, BMW said. It is 53mm taller than the current car, which has helped increase interior space. Its 505-liter trunk capacity is 85 liters larger than the current model's capacity.