Long-wheelbase X1 could preview a seven-seat version of BMW's smallest crossover

A long-wheelbase version of the BMW X1 has been spotted testing, potentially previewing a seven-seat model destined for the European market.

Insiders have long suggested the model would be created to broaden the X1’s appeal and attract customers from the MPV segment, and this prototype suggests it’s not long from reaching the market.

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BMW hasn’t released any details, but a longer X1 would likely feature the same range of powertrains as the regular car, which uses four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines. A three-cylinder engine could also be added to the line-up later on.

It’d also likely be available in both front and four-wheel-drive layouts.

The Chinese market already has a longer version of the X1, but that car features a different grille and lights. As these spy pictures show, a European long-wheelbase car will retain the regular car’s design.

Although the model is still under development, Autocar understands it is due to be launched later this year.

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28 January 2016
Long-wheelbase X1. Why don't call rename it X3?....oh wait.

28 January 2016
Had a look at the bmw gran tourer at the weekend in a dealership , apart from a picnic table already being broken in the showroom model , what was most noticeable was the lack of space. A poor middle seat in the middle bench and truly tiny third row seats. Useless for my growing family . I'm assuming the 7 seat x1 isn't going to be any larger so it's off my list.

28 January 2016
...then maybe BMW could ditch the awful looking Gran Tourer, by far their biggest design faux pas since the 3 series Compact!

28 January 2016
You might expect / hope the next x3 to have 7 seats now the Discovery Sport has created this niche in the £30-40k price bracket, but an x1 looks an odd approach. Reminds me of slightly oddball French cars like a Clio Estate or 7 seat Peugeot 309.

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