With just 6,440 sales in the first six months of the year, the BMW X1 is not doing particularly well in the United States. According to data from CarSalesBase, the numbers are not horrible but the Bavarian subcompact crossover is far behind its direct rivals, the Lexus UX (7,349), the Mercedes-Benz GLA (7,797), the Cadillac XT4 (9,140), the Volvo XC40 (9,520) and the Audi Q3 (9,967)). All of these figures indicate the need for an entirely new model to replace the current X1 generation.
BMW is already working on the successor to the model which is still on sale and earlier today we received a new batch of spy photos confirming that prototypes are currently being tested on public roads in Germany. The test car is here again heavily camouflaged, but at least a few interesting things can already be said.
At least for now, the new X1 appears to be slightly larger than the outgoing model. It will be based on a modified version of BMW’s FWD platform and will also be available with an optional all-wheel drive system. This particular example is most likely powered by a combustion engine even though the exhaust pipes are hidden deep behind the rear bumper. There is no yellow sticker indicating that this is an electrified vehicle, so we believe it has an ICE under the hood.
The Munich-based company has already officially confirmed that a fully electric BMW X1 is in the cards for the next-gen model. It will join the conventional versions and the expected plug-in hybrid model at some point after the X1’s market launch.
Speaking of the release date, different sources say the new X1 will debut at some point towards the end of next year or early 2022. Initially, it will be released with three- and four-cylinder turbocharged engines and we are planning an eight. The ZF automatic gearbox is the only option available.
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