BMW X1 might come with FWD platform

Posted on Friday, 24 January 2014 , 04:01:42 byVeronica

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BMW X1 might come with FWD platform

Lately there are a lot of people talking about the future BMW X1 and all its capabilities, but because of the news and sometimes rumors, it something explicable. The engineers have decided to offer a front-wheel drive platform for models like the X1. Now, to be really honest, from the perspective of a mainstream buyer, the FWD makes a lot of sense, especially when we are talking about smaller SUVs and crossovers. These might not be ordered with all-wheel drive that is supposed to come with a front-wheel drive layout. This option is part of the plans as it brings reduced costs, increased fuel economy, more driver friendly handling and of course, less weight. We are expecting to see the next generation BMW X1 at the 2014 edition of the Frankfurt Motor Show. The Bavarians will leave the E91 3-Series platform with RWD and AWD and will switch to the UKL1 architecture. This is not a new concept as in fact it can also be found with the new Mini models, like, for example the hatchback. These models are equipped with transversely mounted engines that offer power to the front or all-four wheels if this is the case. In case you are interested in owning one of these bad boys, you should know that in terms of engine lineup, it uses the same one with the new Mini range. To be more precise, this means it will come with a 1.5-liter 3-cylinder engine and a 2.0-liter 4-cylinder one as well, both turbocharged. The second generation X1 will also not be available with 6-cylinder engines, unlike the current version of the model. The rivals for the X1 includes the Mercedes-Benz GLA and the Audi Q3, models developed for the North American market mainly, at least for 2014.