BMW Grand X1 patents 1

It’s no secret that BMW is working on a long-wheelbase version of the BMW X1. Thanks to PC Auto, we now have leaked patent images that provide us with an early look at what the new model could possibly look like before its supposed 2016 debut.

The obvious difference in design is the X1’s stretched wheelbase, with longer rear doors and windows. Currently, the five-seater BMW X1 measures 4,439 mm in length and boasts a wheelbase of 2,670 mm. The extension (about 100 mm) seen here could likely result in an additional pair of seats being installed in the third row, more suited for children due to the limited headroom.

The UKL1 platform will be used on this BMW “Grand” X1, which also underpins the 2 Series Active Tourer (five-seater MPV), and the larger 2 Series Gran Tourer. The latter gets an increased wheelbase of 110 mm from the Active to accommodate an extra row of seats, to make it a seven-seater.

Earlier spyshots of an elongated X1 also revealed that a hybrid powertrain might be offered. Should that be the case, it will join the three- and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, coupled to a front-wheel drive setup, or if need be, BMW’s xDrive all-wheel drive system.

The BMW “Grand” X1 will be offered in the Chinese market initially, before going on sale in other markets globally. Whether this involves the European and American markets remains to be seen. Nonetheless, if the BMW 2 Series Gran Tourer doesn’t cut it for you, will a seven-seater BMW X1 be a better prospect?

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