The second-generation BMW X1 is now less than 14 months away from showrooms - and will spawn an even more sporting X2 model, Autocar can reveal.
The new entry-level BMW SUV, due to be unveiled in June next year prior to the start of UK sales, forms part of an extended range of future models based on the company’s versatile UKL1 platform, as used by the latest Mini hatchback and new 2-series Active Tourer.
As part of efforts to streamline operations and introduce greater economies of scale across its two top-selling brands, the new X1 and its upcoming X2 sibling are being developed in a joint engineering programme alongside the second-generation Mini Countryman and Clubman, with which they share their platform, drivelines, electrical systems and chassis.
The adoption of BMW’s latest platform brings about a significant change in the X1’s mechanical layout in a move insiders suggest will instil greater profitability in the Audi Q3 and Mercedes-Benz GLA rival, allowing scope for the addition of the X2, which is set to attract a premium of around £2000 on its mechanically identical sibling when it goes on sale in the UK in 2016.
BMW has done away with the longitudinal engine mounting and choice of either rear drive or four-wheel drive of today’s model. It is replaced by a space-saving transverse engine layout that will see BMW offer the new X1 and X2 in either front-drive or four-wheel-drive guises.