Here’s What The Third-Generation BMW X1 Could Look Like
It’s been just over a year since BMW introduced mid-cycle refresh (LCI in their language) for their popular subcompact SUV, the X1. The brand’s entry-level SUV has basically just received a minor nip, with most of the changes being made to the interior elements, which were essentially a longer list of items to tick for your options. It wasn’t a drastic change, but it did keep the X1 relevant for a little longer until its next and bigger iteration. With its upcoming six-year run for the second generation, we’ve already seen that BMW is planning big changes for the X1, and the heavily camouflaged examples we’ve seen running leave a lot to the imagination.
So we leave it to talented artists like Tobias Buttner to help us visualize some of the major changes that we still have to see. We have already presented his work on this site, and his recent renderings on the X1 are actually quite clever. On the one hand, we see that its X1 is inspired by the recently unveiled BMW 5 Series, with its more elegant LED headlights and daytime running lights. The radiator grille is the usual one-piece kidney affair, slightly larger than most kidneys. Although there are rumors that the grille will be smaller in the real X1.
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On the side, we see a bit of X3 and X5 here, with a strong shoulder and minimal character lines. Of course, these wheels look like 18-inch straight out of a BMW catalog, and the rear has a modified exhaust configuration with higher reflectors. The slim LED tail lights remind us of those of the X5 and X7, and the blacked trim alludes to the M Sport or Sport variants.
The new generation X1 is still mostly wrapped, with most of the new mechanical details still a complete mystery. We think it’s safe to assume that BMW will equip its smaller SUV with eight-speed 2.0-liter turbocharged four cylinders for the U.S. market. Diesel options will be the norm for other markets, and possibly a hybrid in the future. FWD or AWD will also be offered, for sure.