The BMW X1 has been one of the more beautiful choices in the compact crossover segment, and it looks like the designers will enhance the incredible element for the next-generation model.
New prototypes for the redesigned X1 have been discovered, revealing a number of new styling themes. We’ll see it launch later this year as a 2023 model.
Even if the camouflage device is turned on, we can see the redesigned X1 will have a bolder, more powerful look than the current model thanks to its wide, shark-shaped grille. The rest of the design seems to be an improvement on the current model, although the characteristic Hofmeister folding line looks more upright, which will further highlight the durability of the design.
The foundation is the BMW Group’s latest front-wheel drive architecture designed for compact cars, called FAAR. The platform first debuted in 2019 in a redesigned 1-Series hatchback sold overseas and has since appeared in the 2-Series Gran Coupe launched in the United States in 2020.
The FAAR platform is an update of the UKL platform that underlies the current X1. The biggest change is the battery-electric powertrain option. Yes, an electric X1 designated iX1 is in production. It is one of at least 13 battery-powered models that the BMW Group will offer on its brands by the end of 2023.
Other powertrain options will be shifted from the current X1, meaning a series of 1.5-liter straight 3- and 2.0-liter straight-line 4 engines, all turbocharged. Light hybrid technology is likely to become a standard feature and a plug-in hybrid setup using a 1.5-liter engine will likely be offered again. We don’t get the current X1 plug-in hybrid version but the next-generation version could be available locally.
The drive system will arrive on the front wheel as standard and all-wheel drive will be available. The only gearbox that can be an 8-speed automatic transmission.
Don’t hold your breath for an X1 M from the BMW M, but a sports X1 M35i is coming soon. It would be a great alternative to mercedes-Benz AMG’s new GLA35 and GLB35.
The BMW Group’s Mini brand is developing a redesigned Countryman in conjunction with this X1. As a result, the new Countryman will also have a choice of internal combustion engines and electric motors. Both vehicles will also use the same plant, in this case the BMW Group’s factory in Leipzig, Germany.