The X1 had been around for four years before it was added to BMW's US lineup, so it isn't all that surprising that a new version of the company's smallest Sport Activity Vehicle is already in the works. Captured in transit on the back of a flatbed truck, these spy shots give us our first look at the next-gen X1 – codenamed F48 – which is expected to debut around 2015.

While the camouflage does a good job of obscuring most of the styling elements, we definitely see evidence of the X1's new platform. Elements like the loss of the long nose and a noticeably shrunken dash-axle gap (just compare this spy shot picture to this one from our X1 review), are good indicators that the next X1 will move to the new front-wheel-drive platform BMW is using for the new Mini and 1 Series GT. Aside from this, the overall shape is very similar to the current design, but we're sure it will pull many cues from the updated range of BMW products.


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      Matt
      • 1 Year Ago
      All hail the new era of lifted FWD BMWs! We'll be able to tell our kids about how back in the day BMWs used to be drivers' cars, with amazing steering, manual transmissions, and perfect 50/50 weight balance.
        Stridenttube
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Matt
        I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that you haven't driven any of the new Bimmers. My F30 328i sport line drives just as good as my E90 did, except it's way faster, has a much improved interior, and returns better gas mileage. The X1 was never meant to be a drivers car. It's the cheapest BMW and thats reflected in how it handles.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Mike, the current X1 is on the 1-series platform, which is actually a proper "driver's car" platform. The higher center of gravity and weight hurt handling a bit, but it's still much better than a CRV or similar. The next X1 is transverse FWD (with a Haldex AWD system available I'm sure), so it will drive like other mainstream transverse FWD platforms.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          mchica, the Mazda CX-5 is a better comparison, since it is also a "sporty" compact SUV. But the X1 is much faster than either.
          Matt
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          The steering feel on the e46 was sublime, never drove an e90, but the F30 steering is about the same as an Accord. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that your F30 has a slushbox.
          Duk3ofN3rd5
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Actually, the F30 soften the suspension to the level of the Accord like Matt mentioned, but you really need the sports suspension or the Adaptive Suspension to make it a sports sedan. I had E46, E90, now F30, all handles pretty decently. It all depends on your package, yeah, they got more and more expensive, that much is for sure, but they stay true to their fans with the correct setup. BTW, X1 sucks, it's smaller than a F30 3 series, we were thinking about buying one until we sat in it.
          mchica
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Anyone who buys an X1 before buying an Equinox or Terrain is a clueless idiot.
          MikeInNC
          • 1 Year Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Not sure if you've driven a recent X1 (I own one) but I've had nine other BMW's (2002, e28, e34, e30, e46..etc) and its handling stacks up quite nicely. If I'm not mistaken, it's rides on the previous generation 3-series (e90?) platform so one can imagine the handling wouldn't bee too dissimilar. Not sure if they are saying the next gen will be FWD but mine is RWD (also offered in all wheel drive).
          Bruce Lee
          • 10 Months Ago
          @Stridenttube
          Matt, the current X1 does NOT ride on the 1-series platform, it uses the older 3 series' platform so it is nearly identical to the old E90 3 series, except that it's been lifted a few inches. It's basically a lifted E90 3 series wagon.
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        tegdesign
        • 1 Year Ago
        Oh got it, no personal experience. I could dig up dirt on any make out there, but useful comment you've made. Even the appliance brands...blenders and toasters and such.
          • 1 Year Ago
          @tegdesign
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      bootsnchaps60
      • 1 Year Ago
      Sport Activity Vehicle? We alfready had SUV and CUV. Now it's SAV??Why so much bother to not call a car a station wagon?
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      bullitt2605
      • 1 Year Ago
      Jeesh brand new and already being towed!
      The Law
      • 1 Year Ago
      Seen this car for weeks in Los Angeles, those pot holes can be tough on a car.
      fx16gts
      • 1 Year Ago
      Hmmm...I wonder why BMW's don't excite me anymore?
      tegdesign
      • 1 Year Ago
      Very glad to see that the hood shut line follows the grill and doesn't follow the ugly straight line of the new 3 and 5.
      Rr778
      • 1 Year Ago
      Overweight and front wheel drive? Okay so BMW is completely giving up in handling?
      piggybox
      • 1 Year Ago
      have seen tons of X1 on road. It definitely steals a lot of sales from X3
      rawpopwar
      • 1 Year Ago
      I saw one of these on PCH in Laguna Beach four months ago driving with some camo'd Minis. Sterling BMW posted a shot of it around that time on their Google+ page, as well.
      • 1 Year Ago
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