The rumored BMW Urban Cross seems to be closer to production than we expected, especially since small SUVs are on the rise.
According to German outlet Auto motor und sport, BMW plans to launch the city SUV in 2017 by positioning it below the X1. We reported last month that the Urban Cross will replace another rumored SUV, the X2, and will start with a clean slate.
Instead of simply shrinking the X1, the design team starts with a blank sheet of paper and a few important requirements: a cool, city SUV with a coupe-like roofline and a boot volume similar to the MINI Paceman. Just like the new BMW vans, the Urban Cross – final name has yet to be determined – is built upon the front-wheel drive architecture.
Under the hood, BMW will fit either three or four-cylinder engines, and a potential plug-in hybrid or electric solution.
With a total weight of 1,300 kg, the BMW Urban Cross is not a heavyweight and will be manufactured without the expensive and complicated processes seen in BMW i cars.
The BMW Urban Cross takes part of the cockpit from the 2 Series Active Tourer. However, the cockpit will use fewer edges and lines, for a minimalistic look, and an analog instrument cluster. The central operation works with a mixture of touch screen and rotary push-button control, as seen in the upcoming BMW 7 Series. A full digital instrument cluster could be offered as an option.
AMS speculates that BMW Urban Cross with the base gasoline, a 136-hp three cylinder, to have prices starting at 25,000 euros. That would be around 2,000 euros cheaper than a 2 Series Active Tourer.