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BMW readies the new X1 for launch

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Get ready for the prices of used BMW X1 models to fall, as the company is about to pull the wraps from the new 2016 model. The smaller of BMW's SUV range - the original launched in 2009 in Europe and 2013 in the States - the new second-generation F48 edition has been spotted out and about in testing, with new renders, without the camouflage, created to expose the new design.

With more rounding and sculpting to the bodywork, the lower grilles are more pronounced and the whole aesthetic is more modern, sporty and punchy compared to its slightly genteel predecessor. Around the back, the model adopts the BMW L-shaped tail lighting units with additional LED strip lights to increase visibility. There's dual exhausts on the test model and we suspect that it will maintain a wide range of power options, with front or four-wheel drive, possibly six- or eight-speed automatic gearboxes, three- and four-cylinder engines, plenty of engine sizes and highly customisable specification and interiors.

The X1's world of options

Naturally, options should include all of BMW's latest technologies and gadgets, including iDrive (hopefully with touchscreen) and the self-parking system. Prices will hopefully come down a little as the models borrow engines and parts from the sister Mini and Active Tourer ranges, especially as the smaller SUV market continues to be competitive.

You can definitely expect a hybrid model, with the first examples going on sale this autumn, and an M-class model being introduced in 2016 if you want to wait for something a little more sporty. An extended wheelbase seven-seater is also launching for the Chinese market, something that could come west - if there's enough demand - as customers look to get the most for their money.

Also borrowing lots of styling and premium features from its bigger brothers, the new X1 should be another hit for BMW. The official unveiling is expected to take place in June, with BMW in boisterous mood after reporting its best ever March sales, with deliveries up over 9% around the world and up 12% on last year in the UK. All of which means plenty of used bargains coming our way at Big Motoring World.