Auto Motor und Sport reports the BMW Urban Cross is delayed because the BMW Board of Management denied the design draws and the design team is back to the drawing board.
Just a few months ago, sources said that instead of simply shrinking the X1, the design team will start 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.
The small, premium SUV will be available with three- and four-cylinder engines and with six-speed manual or automatic transmissions, and it’s based on the UKL front-wheel drive platform and would sit below the second-generation BMW X1, also a front-wheel drive and all-wheel drive crossover.
The Urban Cross was primarily imagined as being a competitor of the Audi Q2, but that spot is now reserved for the X2 which is already being tested on public roads.
Initially the Urban Cross was slotted for 2017 and competing with the Citroën C4 Cactus and the Nissan Juke, but it remains to be seen when the car will arrive now.