Set to be positioned between the second-generation X1 and the current X3, the new five-door mini SUV will go on sale in 2017. Sources say the first prototype will begin road testing in a few weeks. “We’re finalising the first prototypes now,” said a source. “They should be in action by the end of the month.”
BMW’s X2 will be built on the X1 front-wheel drive platform and will follow the example of the larger X4 and X6 in receiving a uniquely styled steel body. It will feature a five-door layout, with its tailgate set at a more extreme angle than that of the more practical X1 to give it a coupe-like silhouette. The interior is expected to be largely shared with the new X1.
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. They will be mated to either a six-speed manual or eight-speed automatic gearbox in combination with front or four-wheel drive.
The X2 will be produced alongside the new X1 at BMW’s Regensburg factory in Germany, unlike the first-generation X1, which was built alongside the 1 Series and 3 Series at the company’s Leipzig plant.