2022 BMW X1 spy photo (front)

2022 BMW X1 Spied Undergoing Tests On Public Roads

We saw the next-gen BMW X1 for the first time in early June of this year, when we received spy photos of a heavily camouflaged prototype. These snaps inspired the designers to create a virtual preview of the Bavarian SUV and today we can share a new batch of spy photos with the next-gen X1. This time, the model finally enters the test phase on the public highway.

This is obviously still an early test car and we think it still uses a lot of placeholder components. We can guarantee that the bulky taillights are not part of production equipment as they will most likely be replaced by stylish units similar in design to the groupsets in the X5. The headlights will likely be a similar size to what you see in the attached photos, but the graphics will be sharper.

Carrying an internal U11 designation, the new X1 will take one more step towards electrification and will be available as a purely electric crossover, as BMW has already officially confirmed. The zero-emission model will join conventional combustion engines and plug-in hybrid powertrains, also expected to be part of the 2022 X1 lineup.

This particular prototype is powered by an ICE and this is clearly visible through the tailpipe at the rear. We don’t know the exact identity of the engine under the hood, but it’s likely a three-cylinder gasoline unit, judging by the small exhaust.

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According to preliminary details, the new X1 will debut at the end of 2022, which means it could hit the US market in the first quarter of 2023. This information is not confirmed at this time and we believe the debut is could come a few months earlier – in the summer of 2022, perhaps.

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