Latest rumormill churns out that BMW has given the go-ahead for the X2 crossover. The compact SUV has been rumored for years and according to our sources, it was canceled in its original format. Autocar UK says now that the BMW X2 will arrive in 2017 and sit between the X1 and X3.
Design wise, the X2 has a five-door bodystyle and steeply raked liftback-style tailgate. It is built on UKL front-wheel drive platform. The interior is expected to be largely shared with the new X1.
Its debut will follow a two-and-a-half-year development program that BMW insiders say is already under way at the company’s research and development centre in Munich. The first road-going prototypes of the new BMW are set to hit the road within weeks, according to engineers at the firm’s prototype workshop. “We’re finalising the first prototypes now,” said a source. “They should be in action by the end of the month.”
Autocar doesn’t say if this is the BMW Xcite project which popped up on radar earlier this year.
BMW X2 is planned to be sold exclusively with three-cylinder and four-cylinder petrol and diesel engines, along with the choice of either front-wheel drive or four-wheel drive. An X2 M Performance variant is scheduled for 2018 using a tuned up B48 2.0 liter four-cylinder petrol engine.
In standard guise the B48 makes 228bhp, although that is set to rise to somewhere in the region of 300bhp.
A concept version of the X2 is rumored to be showcased next year.