Development work continues on the 2015 BMW X1 as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring for the first time.

Development work continues on the 2015 BMW X1 as our spies have caught the model undergoing testing on the Nürburgring for the first time.

Dressed in swirly camouflage, the redesigned crossover has an evolutionary shape but appears slightly larger than its predecessor. We can't make out a lot of details but the model has aerodynamic side skirts, plastic body cladding and a tailgate-mounted spoiler. This particular prototype has also been equipped with a panoramic sun roof and a dual exhaust system.

BMW has remained relatively quiet about the model but it is expected to ride on the UKL platform. This means front-wheel drive will likely be standard, while all-wheel drive should be optional.

Engine options should carryover from the 2-Series Active Tourer, so choices could include:

  • A 1.5-liter three-cylinder with 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder with outputs of 184 PS (135 kW) and 231 PS (170 kW)
  • A 2.0-liter TwinPower Turbo four-cylinder diesel with outputs of 150 PS (110 kW) and 184 PS (135 kW)

There also have been rumors about a plug-in hybrid variant and a range-topping model with a four-cylinder engine that develops more than 300 PS (220 kW).

 UPDATE: Video added on April 30th, 2014.

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