BMW’s smallest crossover, the X1, will be available globally with diesel, petrol 48V mild-hybrid, plug-in hybrid, and full battery-electric drivetrains.
The pure electric model, which was snapped by our spy photography agency, will likely be badged as the iX1, if the company’s current naming convention is anything to go by.
Visual changes between the iX1 and versions using an internal combustion engine will likely be limited to the grille, bumpers, alloy wheel designs, and blue styling highlights.
There are plenty of false body panels in addition to the camouflage wrap, but we can see the third-generation X1 will have an all-new body.
While it will have a wider grille than today’s model, as well as lift-up door handles, we don’t expect the styling to be too controversial. Unlike the 4 Series range, the X1 is a mainstream model and needs to appeal to a wide audience.
Last year BMW sold 2847 X1s in Australia, making it the second most popular small SUV above $40,000. It was pipped to the gold medal spot by the Volvo XC40 (2858), but saw off the Mercedes-Benz GLA (2562).
Details about the iX1’s drivetrain have yet to be confirmed, but sources have told BMW Blog the crossover will be offered with a 135kW motor driving the front wheels, and a more powerful all-wheel drive dual-motor setup with a total of around 185kW.