The 2015 BMW X1 has been spotted testing once again in Europe. Introduced in 2009, the BMW X1 was the pioneer of the segment and has been successful model for the German manufacturer in many parts of the world. Reports suggest that the second-generation X1, internally called F48, will shrink in size to make space for a new car, the Family Active Sports Tourer (FAST).
The 2015 BMW X1 will be based on a UKL front-wheel-drive platform, which is also used in the 2015 Mini and the 2 Series. BMW is developing a new series of four-cylinder and three-cylinder engines to be used in the company’s new range of cars like the 2 Series Active Tourer and the X1. These engines will be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox.
BMW will also launch a plug-in hybrid version along with a performance M version of the X1. The latter will compete with the other small performance SUVs like Mercedes-Benz GLA 45 AMG and the Audi RS Q3.
In more than one instance, BMW has taken the risk of creating a new segment altogether and going by their previous track record, we can safely assume that the FAST will be a profitable vehicle too. Introducing a new car is a smart move by BMW, which will help it expand its audience and increase its volumes.
Even in India, the X1 has tasted much success, though it might have to face some stiff competition from the upcoming Mercedes-Benz GLA. The next-generation X1 will go on sale in Indian market a few months after its international launch.