The next generation BMW X1 has been photographed in China

The next generation BMW X1 has been photographed in China.

The compact SUV was caught on camera for several times but now we have the most revealing picture to share that shows the front end of the vehicle undisguised. Judging by the photo, the model will be influenced by the current design language of the German manufacturer, also featured in the current X3, X4, X5 and X6.

The new X1 is expected to be an entirely different car than the current model. It will be based on the UKL1 platform and will be powered by the front wheels. At an additional cost, BMW will offer it will an xDrive all-wheel drive system, while long wheelbase version is also expected.

The engine options will likely be borrowed from the 2-Series Active Tourer. These include a 136 HP (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) 1.5-liter three-cylinder gasoline engine, as well as 2.0-liter four-cylinder gasoline and diesel motors with output ranging from 136 HP (100 kW) to 231 HP (170 kW).

The 2016 X1 could be introduced in mid-2015 and will go on sale shortly after.

Gallery: 2016 BMW X1 front end spied undisguised