BMW's head of design has revealed some new details about the 2016 X1.

Speaking to Auto Express, Karim Habib said the redesigned model will have sportier styling and "more ‘X-like’ proportions."  He went on to say the crossover's styling won't alienate current owners and the model will be "very mature" and a "bit more rounded.”

Habib also took the opportunity to confirm the model will ride on the UKL platform that underpins everything from the MINI Cooper to the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer.  This isn't terribly surprising but at least it's finally official.

While Habib was coy on specifics, he confirmed we'll see an "early version" of the X1 this summer.  That's a little vague but it seems to suggest the company will preview the crossover ahead of a Frankfurt debut.

Gallery: BMW design boss says the 2016 X1 will have sportier styling

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