The next-generation BMW X1 has been spotted by spy photographers since 2021. The new crossover has been sighted on public highways, in parking lots, and on ice thus far. The crossover headed to the Nurburgring for a shakedown this time.
It looks that the X1 running laps around the circuit is not the M Performance variant. The absence of four tailpipes at the back appears to support this theory. It also doesn’t appear to be the electric iX1. This vehicle lacks any ports, indicating that it is not a plug-in hybrid. It’s possible that we’re looking at the regular, fuel-fed version.
However, the X1 retains its production-ready headlamps and taillights, as previously. The photographs don’t reveal anything about the handling of the revamped X1. Additional data from the test, on the other hand, should improve the crossover drive. It should be a good drive because the third-generation X1 will be based on the Mini platform (BMW’s UKL architecture). But given BMW’s push toward electrification, a plug-in hybrid model could be in the works. That said, the M Performance 35i and electric iX1 models are pretty much confirmed.
We rendered what the crossover might look like under the camouflage. It seems that BMW will take a cautious approach to the all-new X1. Like most BMW models, the grille is more prominent than before, but it won’t have the ‘buck tooth’ look similar to the XM performance crossover. The future X1 will likely have vertical corner air intakes and rakish headlights. It could also grow a few inches for the next generation. For reference, the current X1 is 174.8 inches long (4,439 mm), 71.7 inches (1,821 mm) wide, and 63.5 inches (1,612 mm) tall.
There is no mention of the powertrain configurations just yet. However, we could expect an array of mild hybrid turbo gas and diesel engines. But given BMW’s push toward electrification, a plug-in hybrid model could be in the works. That said, the M Performance 35i and electric iX1 models are pretty much confirmed.