The UKL1 platform (acronym derived from Unter Klasse, which means sub-class) offers the ability to carry a range of transversely mounted engines and can also be equipped with all-wheel drive (AWD). It is built largely from steel and will allow BMW to exploit economies of scale. The manufacturer eventually plans to produce more than 9,00,000 UKL1-based cars per year globally.
The new BMW X1 will compete with the likes of Mercedes’ upcoming MFA-platform-based GLA compact luxury SUV and the Audi Q3.
This next-gen X1 is expected to share engines with the 1-series and will be lighter and more spacious than the current model. BMW is likely to unveil the new X1 crossover in 2015.