Report – Next BMW X1 to use front-wheel drive platform image

With the advent of the 2-series Active Tourer, BMW made the unprecedented move towards a front-wheel drive powertrain and sources inside the carmaker hint the next generation X1 SUV will also adopt it.

The second generation of the small SUV, due to be presented officially next year in June, will be the next model that would employ the new UKL1 platform – one that is also used within the group for the new models in the Mini line-up.

People that are familiar with BMW’s plans say that after the new platform makes its sales debut on the first modern-era BMW with fwd (the 2 Series goes “live” in Europe in September) and is presented inside the new X1, a third model would follow – another SUV, called the X2. The latter would be a model with just three doors and four seats in the style of the X4 and X6 coupe-like SUVs. No less than ten models are mulled by BMW to be underpinned on the new platform for the namesake brand alone.

When it comes to the X1 and X2, the automaker would also move to further add synergy between the BMW and Mini brands, jointly developing them next to the new generations of the Mini Countryman and Clubman models – they would have the same drivelines, electrical systems and chassis components, besides using the same platform.

Via Automotive News Europe