[Video] BMW X1 caught testing on the Ring image

While BMW M pilots are busy putting the new F85 X5 M through its paces on the Green Hell, the more down to earth buyers could be interested in finding that the German premium automaker is also busy with 2016 X1 testing.

While official and extensive road testing has already been under way since August-Spetmebr 2013, the new F48 X1 prototype is now getting it’s teeth grinned on the Nürburgring Nordschleife – but still wearing the heaviest of camouflages.

As you might already know, the next generation X1 small SAV will let go of the iconic rear wheel drive setup in exchange for a very conventional front wheel drive – with the optional awd still in place, of course.

The change has been made in order to free up space – while BMW also says the fwd platform allows for a better design altogether – something we really dispute, since the only other example is the really ugly 2 Series Active Tourer.

And, as BMW already confirmed it has no plans to reengineer its six-cylinder engines for transverse mounting, under the hood of the 2016 F48 X1 we will only find the new generation four cylinder motors, in their complete petrol and diesel line-up.