BMW's new subcompact SUV isn't expected to go on sale until 2022.
The current-generation BMW X1 has been on sale since 2015, and while a recent refresh kept the subcompact SUV looking fresh, we'll have to wait for the next-generation version to arrive for some major design changes. Last month, we were given our first look at the brand new BMW X1 in the form of a camouflaged prototype.
While the third-generation X1 prototype was covered in thick camouflage, enough of the design details were revealed to allow artist Nikita Chuiko to digitally remove the BMW X1's disguise and produce a render previewing the production model.
At the front, the next-generation BMW X1 is depicted with a slightly larger kidney grille with more rounded edges. Don't worry, it won't be anywhere near as massive as the gigantic kidney grille fitted to the BMW X7 and BMW 4 Series. Slimmer headlights also help make the BMW X1 look more modern.
At the back, the rendered BMW X1 features sleeker taillights inspired by the BMW 2-Series Active Tourer. It's still too early to judge how accurate these renders are though, so we'll have to wait until BMW starts stripping the camouflage off future X1 prototypes as development progresses.
It's going to be a long wait, however, as the new BMW X1 isn't expected to go on sale until 2022. When it does eventually hit the market, the new BMW X1 is expected to be sold with a range of gasoline and diesel engine options, as well as a plug-in hybrid. Technical details are still unknown, but the current BMW X1 is sold with a 2.0-liter four-cylinder engine producing 228 horsepower and 258 lb-ft of torque.
Rumors also suggest a fully electric BMW X1 is in development with a range of up to 190 miles in the 76-kWh battery version and 115 miles in the 38-kWh battery variant, but BMW hasn't officially announced any plans to produce an electric SUV that's smaller than the iX3 yet.