The latest manufacturer to be spied testing in freezing northern Scandinavia is BMW with a heavily camouflaged X1 SUV prototype.
As its name suggests, the BMW X1 will the smallest of the brand’s SUV family, sharing its underpinnings with the upcoming MINI Crossman.
Like the Crossman, it will be a full-time four-wheel-drive and is similar in size to the Ford Kuga and Toyota RAV4 – although with a price tag match the blue and white badge.
The cabin will share the majority of its layout and appearance with the current 1 Series complete with the latest iDrive and BMW’s signature swan-necked gearlever.
Like all new BMW models, the X1 will feature the Efficient Dynamics technology – the intelligent system that utilises stop-start systems, intelligent alternator control and other green initiatives to boost economy and slash emissions.
A hybrid version is unlikely to join the range based on cost issues – expect that system, based on that already under development, to be reserved for the new 7-series.