It was just a few weeks ago that we got our first glimpse of the next-generation BMW X1, riding around on a flatbed. Now, we have the first batch of images of the small crossover moving under its own steam.

Like the previous round of photos, BMW's psychedelic camouflage is on hand to obscure sheetmetal details, but our intrepid spies still managed to discover a bit about the new X1. It's internal code-name will be F48, and it will sit on the same platform as the next-generation Mini and the BMW 1 Series GT. And for those keeping track at home, those are both front-drive platforms.

The reasoning for the X1's new layout, though, is understandable. Front-wheel drive is more space efficient and affordable, which are kind of big deals to customers. The next X1 won't be limited to its front wheels, though, as BMW's xDrive system is almost a certainty on higher-end trims.

We can expect to see the second-generation X1 on the auto show stage at the 2015 Frankfurt Motor Show as a 2016 model.

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      • 1 Year Ago
      It's a sad day when the FWD version of a car looks better than the RWD but this looks better than the current hideous X1
      • 1 Year Ago
      If I want a FWD car, I'll stick to cars that are $20K cheaper. There isn't much that is premium about the latest BMWs, and I'm quite sure BMW isn't going to pass on any of the savings from going FWD to the consumer. In fact, BMW will likely charge more for this one over the RWD current model.
      Manual Stick
      • 1 Year Ago
      this is just sad
      • 1 Year Ago
      Looks good
        • 1 Year Ago
        I hope they take a step up on the interior design as well instead of the boring interiors they are known for. As clean and classic as they are, BMW needs to step into the 21st century even more, they could use the new 1-series as a youthful line. The gauge cluster and center stack can use a bit of modernization, but still hold the core characteristics that are common to BMW.
      • 1 Year Ago
      No one cares.
      • 1 Year Ago
      Funny how so many people would scream about Lincoln, Acura, Volvo, etc., needing to be filled with RWD cars because that is what true luxury/performance is, and now suddenly here come Mercedes and BMW entering the FWD arena. Like it or not, there is a market for FWD lux/perf, especially for anyone living where it snows. Not everyone wants RWD or AWD. I think initially Merc and BMW will benefit from this because people might cross shop and say "why get a Lincoln MKC when for a bit more I could get the BMW X1"? But eventually the playing field will even out with everyone offering electric, hybrid, FWD, RWD, AWD models covering a range of efficiency and performance models.
      • 1 Year Ago
      It's gonna be tough to decide between this and the X3 and the X2 they will probably come out with next and the 3-series GT and the 1-series GT I am sure they are working on as well.
        The Wasp
        • 1 Year Ago
        Don't forget that 'none of the above' is an option -- not such a tough decision after all.
      Miguro Takahashi
      • 1 Year Ago
      Et tu BMW? FWD just don't drive the way a proper car should.
        • 1 Year Ago
        @Miguro Takahashi
        Tell the to Mazda and MINI, who are the best at producing FWD performance cars. There's no doubt BMW will leverage it's subbrands experience on all it's UKL platform mates, but still perform the way a Bimmer should. I see some kind of brake based differential coming to FWD only models (for FE frugual buyers), which Haldex versions will be the true performance models. Since they had to cut corners with materials on the current model to keep costs down, they'll be able to offer better packages and higher quality materials with the cheaper FWD platform. The platform will also make all these vehicles lighter adding to their performance credentials as well as FE, its just a matter of the right tuning and BMW is great at creating driver's cars.