Here are the latest photos of BMW engineers testing the next generation X1 Crossover. There have been rumors that it could adopt the FAST ( Family Activity Sports Tourer) label but it is more likely to retain its roots from the first-gen model.

The Bavarian automaker is developing a new front-wheel-drive architecture that is known internally as the UKL platform. It is set to be shared with the 1-series GT and will be seen in production form for the first time in the 2014 MINI Cooper that is due to be unveiled later this month.

Reports indicate the versatile platform will make its way into 20 new BMW and MINI models that the company has in the pipeline.

Externally, the new BMW X1 is set to receive an evolutionary styling update with modest updates to the front and rear fascia. The cabin should also get an overhaul.

Under the hood, engine options are set to include the new 1.5-liter TwinPower Turbo three-cylinder that will have an output of between 122 and 224 HP (90-165 kW).

Expect to see the second generation BMW X1 unveiled during 2014 ahead of an expected launch early in 2015.


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