The new X1 is based on Mini’s UKL 1 platform which will be drastically different from the current model with the transverse engine and front-wheel based AWD set up.

It has developed under the code name F48, the new car is the second generation of the entry-level SUV from BMW. The X1 has moved away from the estate-like silhouette and now bears a resemblance to the conventional SUVs including the X3 and X5. The BMW has used the opportunity to shorten the bonnet and thereby increase both the cabin and boot space.

The engine options of this upcoming car will include a 1.5-litre three-cylinder petrol engine developing 134bhp and 220Nm of torque, 2.0-litre four-cylinder petrol unit developing 189bhp and 270Nm of torque and 2.0-litre diesel motor developing 180bhp and 380Nm of torque.

The X1 will debut at the Frankfurt Motor Show in September and will go on sale in Europe before the end of the year.