Several prototypes of the 2016 BMW X1 have been spotted while being transported on a trailer.

Several prototypes of the 2016 BMW X1 have been spotted while being transported on a trailer.

The second generation X1 is going to be entirely different than the current model as it will make the switch to the front-wheel drive UKL1 platform that also underpins the new MINIs and 2-Series Active Tourer. In these latest spy shots we take a better look at the headlights and taillights while the model appears to be slightly shorter but on the inside it should be more spacious as a result of a transverse engine layout which will save up a significant amount of space.

BMW will offer at an additional cost an xDrive all-wheel drive system for select engines and chances are there's going to be a long wheelbase version capable of accommodating up to seven people. A previous report indicated BMW has designed the second-gen X1 to look "less like a small station wagon" and instead feature a more rugged styling.

The engines will be borrowed from the aforementioned 2-Series Active Tourer so expect to find a 136 HP & 220 Nm 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine along with an array of 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline & diesel motors with output ranging from 136 HP (100 kW) to 231 HP (170 kW) while torque will vary from 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) to 380 Nm (280 lb-ft). The conventional-powered X1 will likely be joined by a more frugal plug-in hybrid pairing a 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery to provide a combined output of 190 HP (140 kW) and a 19-mile (30 km) electric range.

The X1 represents BMW's entry-level crossover offering but its status might change towards the end of the decade as the Bavarian marque is allegedly working on a smaller and more affordable 1-Series Sport Cross also using the UKL1 platform.

The second generation BMW X1 will probably be unveiled by mid-2015 and go on sale shortly thereafter.

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