BMW X1 with Long Wheelbase Spied with Little Camouflage

2017 BMW X1 LWB spy shots 8 photos
Photo: Stefan Baldauf/SB-Medien
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BMW continues testing its long-wheelbase version of the second-generation of the X1.
Initially, this version of the smallest SUV in the Munchen-based brand’s range was supposed to be made for the Chinese market, but some reports reveal the likelihood of offering this car on the European market as well.

Unlike the version meant for the Chinese market, the prototype in this article’s photo gallery does not feature different headlights or a modified roofline. Furthermore, this car is not even covered in too much camouflage, so there’s obviously something different about it.

A quick glance at the prototype reveals a set of longer rear doors, along with an extension of the car’s rear end. Along with more room for the passengers in the back seats, there’s a possibility for BMW to offer a seven-seat version of the X1. The idea of a seven-seat SUV is not new at all, but the eventual X1 version with this feature could cater to a new market of customers. After all, BMW has to maintain that sales crown somehow.

A seven-seat variant of the BMW X1 has been in the rumor mill for a while, but company officials rarely comment information about new model versions. Our spy photographers are not at their first spotting of an X1 with what appears to be a seven-seat configuration, so there’s something about this prototype that makes us think it is going to be shown in front of an audience shortly.

The previous encounter our spy photographers had with the X1 LWB seven-seater was last summer, when a prototype plug-in hybrid vehicle was spotted. We must note that BMW has already developed a seven-seat car on its UKL platform, the 2 Series Grand Tourer. Our mention of BMW’s first minivan comes in context with the fact that the 2 Series Grand Tourer shares its platform, FWD-based configuration, and engine range with the second-generation X1.
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