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Mike Stevens | Dec, 19 2014 | 4 Comments

BMW's next-generation X1 compact SUV has been spied testing again, this time in a more revealing state of undress.

As expected, the new X1 will take its cues from the wider 'X' range, with large new headlights reaching across to join with the familiar kidney grille.

A tapered roofline will again dominate the profile, framing a tightly curved glasshouse above a fast-rising belt line and a sharp character fold through the doors.

Under the skin we'll find the same front- and all-wheel-drive platform that underpins the new 2 Series Active Tourer and MINI's new Cooper range, doing away with the current model's rear-wheel-drive options.

Entry-level 2WD "sDrive" models will switch from being rear-wheel drive to front-wheel drive, while AWD variants will continue to be offered.

The range of powertrains is also expected to mirror that of its platform mates, with a 1.5 litre turbo petrol three-cylinder, a 2.0 litre turbo petrol four-cylinder and a range of three and four-cylinder turbo diesels.

Transmissions will also be borrowed from the 2 Series Active Tourer, with a six-speed manual and an eight-speed auto.

With the packaging advantages of transverse engines, the new X1 is also expected to offer similar interior space to the current model while simultaneously shrinking its external dimensions.

An M-badged performance model to rival the Audi RS Q3 and Mercedes-AMG GLA 45 has also been rumoured, though likely won't launch until 2016 at the earliest. A plug-in hybrid is also reportedly on the cards.

Watch for the new X1 to appear around the middle of next year.

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