The second-generation BMW X1 has been leaked online just hours ahead of its official debut.
While the original X1, which was launched back in 2009, utilised a rear- and all-wheel drive platform, BMW’s next-generation entry-level SUV is based on the front- and all-wheel drive UKL1 platform.
This architecture will also be employed by the next-generation BMW 1 Series.
As with the new 1 Series hatchback, moving the X1 to a front-wheel drive-based platform should make the new car more space efficient.
If the photos posted so far prove to be accurate, the shift has also enabled BMW’s stylists to quash a few of the outgoing car’s less appealing visual traits.