Well, the next generation Mini Countryman and the X1 will share the same platform. Jokes about the X1 being a rebadged Mini that can not be applied to the current X1 will be right on target with the next one. Essentially, the X1 will be moving downscale as will the BMW brand itself especially considering the X1 is expected to share the interior components of the Mini was well. Front wheel drive SUV's are the future. Yes, not the end of the world as there likely will be an all wheel drive option and this no doubt makes room in the lineup for an X2 which was already trademarked. Still seems weird to us that BMW is taking on characteristics from Mini and not the other way around.