Spyshots: Next Generation BMW X1 Scooped, Based on UKL1 Platform
The current X1 shares its platform with the BMW X3, based on the previous generation 3 Series E91 wagon. Yes, the availability of rear-wheel drive makes the X1 a fun car, but for added practicality BMW is now switching to the UKL1 platform, meaning front-wheel drive based architecture.
The UKL1 is BMW's ticket to mass market success. They will use it for the next generation of MINI vehicles, starting with the new Cooper which will be revealed in November, as well as a new generation of small compact cars previewed the Active Tourer.
The X1 has already proven itself a huge success. In America, it's currently the best selling BMW while in Europe it's the best sold premium crossover SUV. But the 2015 will move even more into the mainstream, adopting a range of modular three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. That means there won't be any six-cylinder option.
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