BMW has traditionally never won the best-selling crown with its compact SUV, the X1. He was however the initiator of the genre among high-end German manufacturers, since the Audi Q3 only arrived a year later, and the Mercedes GLA well, much later. Unfortunately, the X1 has had its market share eaten away by a certain Volvo XC40 which stands out above all for its 100% electric version.
The future X1 will be based on an advanced version of the UKL2 platform, called “FAAR”. It will allow crossovers in particular to continue to offer thermal while retaining the rechargeable hybrid, already present in the catalog, but finally integrating the electric with the iX1 version, which will join the iX3. A future serious competitor to the Volvo XC40 but also to the Ford Mustang Mach-E or the Tesla Model Y.
The new thermal X1 will remain a front transmission, just like the Mini Countryman. While the Volkswagen group has decided to put the package on the sports SUV (VW Tiguan R, Audi RS Q3), BMW may well decide to release an X1M or 35i. Photos circulating in recent months on the Web indeed showed camouflaged prototypes with four tailpipes. BMW has finally dared the X3 M, so why not.