CarDekho Team had recently visited Germany, and we got a glimpse of the upcoming BMW X1. This one is based on the new BMW platform UKL1 architecture. The current generation of the X1 is based on the previous 3-Series platform (E91) and will be replaced by this new X1.
The new X1 will be a front-wheel drive crossover and will be based on the Mini and 1 Series platform. This will mean that it won’t be having the same rear-wheel drive design and it might not even have six-cylinder engines. Though our market didn’t have a six-cylinder engine, but the American one certainly did. The new X1 will be the second-generation and should be unveiled at the next Frankfurt Motor Show.
This is likely to have a 1.5-litre diesel engine, which is the newly developed three-pot oil burner by the Bavarian automotive manufacturer. The four-cylinder will be the 2.0-litre. All the engines will be turbo-charged like the other BMW engines. The new X1 will be longer and wider than the current generation. The X1 will go on sale in sometime 2016 in global markets and for India it should be sometime around mid or late 2016.
The new X1 will share the platform with the Minis, 1 Series and even the 1 Series GT. All these cars will have the UKL1 architecture and will be front-wheel driven vehicles. This will help BMW to reduce the carbon-footprint and parts sharing makes them cost affective too.
Source : CarDekho