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On the same day, our spy photographers spotted the next-generation BMW X1 out testing on both the Nurburgring and in snow-covered Scandinavia.

The next-gen X1 will bear the model code F48, and will be based on the same UKL1 front- and all-wheel drive architecture that underpins the latest generation Mini range, as well as the BMW 2 Series Active Tourer MPV.

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By switching from the current car’s rear- and all-wheel drive platform, the next-generation X1 should not only be more spacious, but also more space efficient.

The move from a longitudinal engine layout to a transverse one has also altered the car’s proportions, as the bonnet on the next-gen X1 is considerably shorter than on the current car.

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These photos, especially the one above, show that the new X1 will adhere very strictly to the brand’s current styling template with smooth body surfacing.

As it shares most of its running gear with other UKL1 vehicles, the second-generation X1 is expected to be powered by a range of three- and four-cylinder turbocharged petrol and diesel engines; a plug-in hybrid variant will likely debut in 2016.

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Late last year our spy photographers snagged a few quick photos of the new X1’s interior. Despite the layers of shrouding present, it’s clear that the new X1 will feature a prominent centre stack that’s topped by a floating tablet-style display for the iDrive infotainment system.

The X1 is expected to go on sale locally during the third quarter of 2015.




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