Work continues on the 2016 BMW X1 as our spies have caught both the five- and seven-passenger variants undergoing cold weather testing.

Work continues on the 2016 BMW X1 as our spies have caught both the five- and seven-passenger variants undergoing cold weather testing.

Looking far more substantial than today's model, the 2016 X1 adopts a taller front fascia with a prominent grille that is flanked by smaller headlights. We can also see plastic fender flares, larger rear doors and an upward sweeping shoulder line. The model also has a tailgate-mounted spoiler and a dual exhaust system.

The changes sound relatively minor but they make the model look more like a crossover and less like a tall wagon.

Unfortunately, the interior was covered by camouflage but we can see familiar gauges and a three-spoke steering wheel with metallic accents.

Since the X1 will be based on the UKL platform, engine options are expected to carryover from the 2-Series Active Tourer. This means choices could include:

  • A 1.5-liter three-cylinder petrol with 136 PS (100 kW) and 220 Nm (162 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 184 PS (135 kW) and 270 Nm (199 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder petrol with 231 PS (170 kW) and 350 Nm (258 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 150 PS (110 kW) and 330 Nm (243 lb-ft) of torque
  • A 2.0-liter four-cylinder diesel with 184 PS (135 kW) and 380 Nm (280 lb-ft) of torque

 

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2016 BMW X1 spied in five- & seven-seat configurations