BMW’s new second-generation X1 will boast sportier looks and proper SUV proportions, design boss Karim Habib told press this week.
The smallest of BMW’s X cars has been spied testing over the past year and, while camouflage continues to obscure the finer details, its shape is clear for all to see.
Looking more like a smaller version of the latest X3, the new X1 will do away with the awkward ‘tall hatchback’ styling of the current model, while introducing a more tapered roofline and and a slimmer rear-end design.
And although the front-end styling remains heavily disguised in these photos, it is clear that we can expect an evolution of the ‘connected’ grille and headlight design that features across the wider X SUV range.
Speaking with the UK’s Auto Express, BMW design chief Karim Habib described a more grown-up design for the new X1 that will win new buyers to the model.
“I really do think it’s going to be a very mature product; a bit more rounded,” he said.
He added that swapping out the current model’s rear-wheel-drive design for the company’s front- and all-wheel-drive ‘UKL’ platform - which also features under the 2 Series Active Tourer and the new MINI range - has benefited the styling of the new X1.
“We’ve realised that platform allows us proportions that can give you more ‘X-like’ proportions than the current X1. And in that sense I think it looks sportier because it looks more like an X car.”
Small petrol and diesel engines will continue to power the range, including three- and four-cylinder options, while the current model’s six-cylinder ‘35i’ model is unlikely to return.
Watch for the new X1 to appear later this year, possibly at September's Frankfurt Motor Show.
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