First news around a BMW X0 appeared back in 2010. Several magazines, citing unnamed sources withing BMW, said the Munich-based automaker is planning a new small Sports Activity Vehicle that aims to close the gap between the MINI Countryman and BMW X1.
Possible names of the baby-SAV include the BMW X0, a similar moniker as the other X-vehicle in the lineup. According to sources, BMW extends the X lineup as an answer to customer request and feedback received. The general idea is to offer extended space in a family-oriented vehicle that provides more flexibility in a much smaller car.
Other rumors floating in the past were saying that the alleged BMW X0 will be a front-wheel drive or all-wheel drive vehicle driven by three and four cylinder turbocharged engines. The power output is rumored to fall between the 100 and 184 range. The platform used in the BMW X0 is expected to be the same as the one found in the MINI Countryman, a move that would save BMW development costs and will offer better fuel consumption.
Despite the BMW X0 naming convention being thrown around, we continue to believe that the smaller SAV might one of the Active and Compact Sports Tourers rumored in the past. These niche vehicles will be using the 1 Series matrix, with a FWD/4WD platform. We see these type of vehicles as a larger hatch/wagon with space for five and higher driving position, similar to an X0 idea.
The news of an even smaller X vehicle sound futuristic at the moment, but recently BMW has once again reiterated their plans to produce smaller, more fuel efficient vehicles that fit the lifestyle of many customers that live in an urban setting.