The long wheelbase version of the 2016 BMW X1 has been spied in China

The long wheelbase version of the 2016 BMW X1 has been spied in China.

BMW is expected to unveil the next generation X1 before the end of the year and Chinese customers are also going to receive a long wheelbase model. It will reportedly be 11 cm longer than the standard model, which will result in a bigger leg room for the rear seats.

Based on the UKL1 platform, the crossover will feature a familiar design with no major visual changes compared to the current model. Front-wheel drive will be standard and select engines will be optionally offered with an xDrive system at an additional cost. A seven-seat version is also planned and it will likely be available from day one along with the normal variant.

“An early version” of the 2016 X1 could be introduced this summer with official premiere of the production model likely to take place at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show in September.

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Next-gen BMW X1 long wheelbase spied in China