BMW is putting the finishing touches on its stretched X1 that was recently spied performing last-minute testing ahead of a market launch set to occur in the following months.

BMW is putting the finishing touches on its stretched X1 that was recently spied performing last-minute testing ahead of a market launch set to occur in the following months.

One of the attached spy images shows the regular X1 next to the stretched version and you will observe the rear doors of the latter are considerably longer. The wheelbase has been elongated and the roofline seems to be flatter compared to the standard X1.

As you would expect from a long wheelbase model, the added length grants superior rear legroom as demonstrated in the top image. BMW will actually sell the stretched X1 with a seven-seat arrangement, but most likely the two rearmost seats will be suitable for children as there isn’t a lot of headroom back there.

The name of the stretched SAV is unclear at this point, but BMW could decide to sell it with the “Gran X1” moniker or something similar. Naming aside, it will ride on the same front-wheel drive UKL platform as the five-seater X1 and some of the beefier engines will be paired to BMW’s proprietary xDrive all-wheel drive setup.

BMW hasn’t said a word about the model’s reveal, but we expect to check it out as early as March during the Geneva Motor Show. A plug-in hybrid version with seven seats is expected to be sold in China as a Zinoro whereas the conventionally-powered model will likely retain the BMW badge.

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