The prototype sport utility vehicle, due to go on sale in the second half of 2022, has been spotted again by spy photos.
The prototype of the new BMW X1 under dense camouflage was spotted by photo spies 18 months ago. At that time, the test car had only part of the hood open. However, a new batch of spy shots shows that the automaker is still not ready to reveal the design of the model, although it cannot keep everything about the updated crossover a secret.
Recent photos show that the crossover is all hidden under the film, although there is a clear difference in the rear, where the twin tailpipes of the exhaust system peek out from under the bumper. Previous spy shots showed no tailpipes, indicating that this is not a standard X1. However, don’t think that this means a full-fledged X1 M. The camouflage hides much of the car’s styling, but it doesn’t seem to have the aggressiveness one would associate with the M model.
This is because this is the X1 M35i, a model for those who want some of the power and style of M Performance without a big investment. It is similar to the M135i and M235i that BMW offers. The two put out 302 horsepower and 332 Nm of torque, although BMW can tweak the 2.0-liter turbo to boost performance a bit to make up for the X1’s extra mass. This would put it in direct competition with the Mercedes-AMG GLA35.
The next generation X1 will come with a variety of powertrains, including the all-electric iX1. However, it will not be available immediately. The next generation X1 is expected to go on sale in the second half of 2022. BMW did not say when the electric X1 could arrive, but rumors say it could be as early as 2023.