New 2016 BMW X1 Compact SUV Reveals Its True Self

Here’s our first look at the upcoming 2016 BMW X1 in full production clothing. Whereas previous prototypes were dressed with unfinished front and rear end parts, this one previews the car that will go on sale late next year.

The exterior styling is more streamlined than the current model blending elements found in the bigger X3 and the 2-Series Active Tourer with which it shares its front-wheel drive-based underpinnings. BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system will be offered on higher-end models.

It’s a familiar setting inside too, with the second-gen X1 borrowing bits and parts from the 2-Series Active Tourer for the dashboard and cabin.

The X1 will join the ranks of BMW’s other 2-Series models and the latest MINI hatchbacks in using the Bavarian group’s 1.5-liter 3-cylinder and 2.0-liter 4-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel lumps paired to both six-speed manual and eight-speed automatic transmissions, depending on the market.

We’ve also heard about a plans to add a plug-in petrol-electric hybrid version featuring a similar setup to BMW’s 2012 Active Tourer Concept pairing 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder petrol engine to an electric motor and lithium-ion battery pack with around 190-horses. However, don’t expect to see this model at launch.

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  • Blurb

    Nice! Finally doesn’t look like a wagon.

  • RDS Alphard

    So , it is FWD based like 2er Active Tourer ?

    • HUBEMX

      yes

  • Dwayne

    That center console is awful. I can get a more premium looking dashboard in Elantra.

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