British media is reporting that BMW is cooking up a 1-Series Sport Cross model which will go head to head with the Audi Q1. Ingolstadt’s base crossover hasn’t even gone on sale yet but nevertheless arch rival BMW is apparently working on its own small premium crossover which will allegedly be out in 2018. It will be positioned below the X1 and will adopt the traditional kidney grille and slim LED headlights.
According to Auto Express, the Audi Q1 competitor from BMW will target style-conscious buyers and carry a starting price of approximately £20,000 (€27,650) while previous rumors have suggested the Q1 will begin at around €25,000. The BMW 1-Series Sport Cross will have roughly the same proportions as the MINI Countryman but with the practicality provided by the MINI Paceman which will soon be phased out.
The model will ride on BMW’s UKL platform also used on the 2-Series Active Tourer and Gran Tourer MPVs which means the 1-Series Sport Cross will adopt a front-wheel drive layout while select versions will get an xDrive all-wheel drive system. It’s the same story with the Audi Q1 which will be FWD standard but more expensive versions are getting a quattro AWD setup.
Note: 2016 Audi Q1 official teaser sketch pictured.
via Auto Express