The second generation BMW X1 has been spied undergoing testing in the Death Valley carrying slightly less camouflage.

The second generation BMW X1 has been spied undergoing testing in the Death Valley carrying slightly less camouflage.

The entry-level Bavarian crossover has lost some of the front camouflage allowing us to see most of the bumper's design. In some of the attached pics you will notice the front bumper is camouflaged as the pictures were taken after the test driver saw the spy photographer and decided to disguise the revealing areas with screw-in plastic bits.

We can't really tell from these spy pics but it is believed the new X1 will be a tad smaller than today's model and is expected to offer a more rugged exterior styling. Riding on the front-wheel drive UKL platform, the second-gen BMW X1 will reportedly gain a long wheelbase variant with third-row seating and a larger trunk for markets such as United States, China and Russia.

At the beginning of last month we found out from BMW M GmbH's Jörg Bartels they are considering an X1 M to take on the Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG and Audi RS Q3. It's too late now for a high performance version based on the current model so if green-lighted, it will most likely be offered after the second generation's launch allegedly set for June 2016.

Engine lineup will likely be sourced from BMW's first ever front-wheel drive car, the 2-Series Active Tourer, together with a possible plug-in hybrid version combining a 3-cylinder 1.5-liter turbocharged gasoline engine with an electric motor and a lithium-ion battery pack. This variant is rumored to offer a combined output of 190 PS (140 kW) and an electric range estimated at 19 miles (30 km).

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