A heavily camouflaged prototype of the second-gen BMW X1 has been spied undergoing testing on the Nürburgring in Germany.

A heavily camouflaged prototype of the second-gen BMW X1 has been spied undergoing testing on the Nürburgring in Germany.

Already looking better than the outgoing model, the new compact crossover adopts more of the styling cues seen on other X-badged models from BMW's catalog. From a technical point of view, it will be substantially different than the current car as the new X1 will ride on the UKL front-wheel drive platform sourced from the 2-Series Active Tourer from where it will inherit most of the engines.

Although a FWD setup will be standard, select motors will be offered with an optional xDrive all-wheel drive arrangement. Interestingly, BMW is also cooking up a roomier version with an extended wheelbase granting room for two additional rear seats suitable only for kids.

BMW head of design Karim Habib previous said an "early version" of the new X1 will be unveiled this summer, so chances are he was referring to an online reveal of a concept which will be shown in the metal at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September while the production version is programmed to go on sale sometime in 2016.

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Second generation BMW X1 spied testing on the Nurburgring