The next-generation BMW X1 returns in a new series of spy photos that finally reveal more of the crossover’s design. Spied on in Germany alongside a number of other BMW prototypes (including a seemingly hotter M4 version), the soaring Bimmer wears his stock headlights and taillights and shows off a few interesting details.
We are pleased that the radiator grilles are not getting any bigger compared to the previous model and this prototype shows a sporty design for the lower area of the bumper. This may be a first clue as to what the new X1’s M Sport package will look like, but there’s still a lot of fairing left and we can’t really tell.
According to our photographers, this was a traditional internal combustion engine model and it seems like a diesel model to us from the rear exhaust arrangement. Speaking of the rear, we can finally take a look at the taillights, as BMW is no longer testing the crossover with makeshift clusters.
Based on the latest spy photos, designer Magnus.Concepts created the rendering that you can see at the top of this page. There is a preview of the design of the front end with the new headlights and the slightly larger grille as well as the lower grille arrangement, as seen in the spy footage. Also, you can see what the crossover’s new door handles will look like, inspired by those on the i4.
The 2022 BMW X1 (code name U11) will arrive in the US sometime next year and will be offered with combustion, hybrid, plug-in hybrid and all-electric powertrains. The cheaper versions are motivated by the front wheels, while an AWD system is available as an option. We assume that the new X1 will be on display in full length towards the end of the year, with a market launch planned for 2022.
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