The BMW X1 is already one of the better looking options in the compact crossover segment, and it looks like the designers will create a wow factor for the next generation model.
New prototypes have been seen for the newly designed X1, revealing some new styling themes. We should see the 2023 model later this year.
Even with the camouflage gear on, we can already see that the newly designed X1 will look bolder, more rugged than the current model, thanks to the wide, shark nose grille. The rest of the design seems to be an evolution of the current model, although the signature Hofmeister kink appears to be more vertical, which should further strengthen the design firmness.
The platform is BMW Group’s latest front-wheel-drive architecture designed for compact vehicles, known as FAAR. The platform debuted in 2019 with a newly designed 1-Series hatchback sold overseas and has since appeared in the 2-Series Gran Coupe, launched in the United States for 2020.
The FAAR Platform is an update to the UKL Platform based on the current X1. The biggest change is the alternative to the battery-electric powertrain. Yes, work is underway to badge an electric X1 and iX1 It is one of at least 13 battery-electric models that BMW Group will offer across its brand by the end of 2023.
Other powertrain options should carry the current X1, meaning a series of 1.5-liter inline-3 and 2.0-liter inline-4 engines, all turbocharged. Light-hybrid technology will probably become an ideal feature, and a plug-in hybrid setup using a 1.5-liter engine will be on offer again. We do not have the current plug-in Hybrid X1 but the next generation version may be available locally.
2023 BMW X1 Spy Shot – Photo Credit: S. Baldauf / SB-Medien
The drive will be standard for the front wheels and all-wheel drive will be available. The only transmission can be an 8-speed automatic.
Don’t hold your breath for an X1 M from BMW M, but a sporty X1 M35i is coming. This will make a great alternative to the new GLA35 and GLB35 from the Mercedes-Benz AMG.
Fellow BMW Group brand Mini is developing a newly designed Countryman with this X1. As a result, newcomers will have a choice of internal combustion and electrical power. The two vehicles will also share a plant, in this case the BMW Group plant in Leipzig, Germany.