The current generation X1 is the oldest crossover in the BMW lineup to date. It debuted in 2015 with a Mini-based platform, and will be in its seventh year in production. A facelift in 2019 delayed the car’s aging, but either way, BMW’s smallest crossover will be redesigned.
According to BMW, the third-generation X1 will debut this year, in line with the brand’s seven-year life cycle for each model. Recent spy shots also suggest that the launch is relatively close as the test car unleashes more camouflage. Because of that, we were able to piece together what the highway version will look like once it’s launched.
It seems that BMW will take a cautious approach to the All-New X1. The wide grille remains, but it won’t be like the XM or have the controversial “buck tooth” design of the Series 4. Our renders also show the headlights that are bigger and more manly than the previous model. The bumpers were well hidden in the test vehicle, but we reckon the future X1 will have vertical angle air intakes. Overall, the new look is the opposite of the brand’s latest (and opinionated) models and concepts.
As for the size, we don’t expect it to grow any more than the outgoing model. We reckon it will still stay under 180 inches since most of its competitors are pretty much the same. However, the width and height may be increased by a few inches to make more room inside. For reference, the current X1 measures 174.8 inches (4,439 mm), 71.7 inches (1,821 mm) wide and 63.5 inches (1,612 mm) high.
While the exterior may be more evolutionary than revolutionary, we expected more dramatic changes on the inside. Recent spy shots show a wide floating screen housing the instrument cluster and infotainment system. The center console consists of a long center armrest and storage compartment with iDrive controls right at the end. There is also a sizeable cubby hole just below the center pile.
As for the engine, it could be a range of mild hybrid gas and turbodiesel, along with at least one plug-in hybrid option. A high-performance version of the M35i is in the works, along with the all-electric iX1 model.