We’ve captured some more spy photos of the upcoming 2016 BMW X1, this time out for its first test in the shimmering white winter. The small crossover remains heavily camouflaged, but we can still see that its proportions will become increasingly crossover-like, moving away from the lean, wagon-style shape of the current BMW X1.
The next-generation BMW X1 will ditch the rear-wheel-drive platform it currently shares with the outgoing BMW 1 Series, opting instead for a front-wheel-drive “UKL” platform that it will have in common with larger 2015 MINI Cooper models such as the Cooper Clubman. All-wheel-drive will likely be in the cards for the upcoming compact BMW crossover, which would be most useful for bombing around in the snow as seen in our spy shots. The new platform is said to offer better interior space than the outgoing X1, and the taller, less-rounded rear end appear to be evidence of this change.
A forthcoming 1- or 2-Series-badged Active Tourer model, based on the BMW Concept Active Tourer likely to debut at the 2014 Geneva auto show, is also expected to adopt this front-wheel-drive architecture as one of the 11 front-wheel-drive models to arrive from BMW group. The BMW Concept Active Tourer uses a plug-in hybrid powerplant combining a 1.5-liter turbocharged three-cylinder engine with an electric motor for a total of 190 hp.
For the 2016 BMW X1 expected to go on sale in late 2015, look for a lineup of turbocharged small-displacement engines much like the current 2.0-liter turbo-four and 3.0-liter turbocharged straight-six uses in the current X1.