BMW loves it some niches. The Bavarians have been creating niche vehicles for what seems like decades now, as it’s been answering several questions that no one asked. Cars like the X4, X6, 5 Series GT, 2 Series Tourers and the upcoming X2 are all vehicles that only fill a need that a small portion of customers have. But as Steve Jobs once said, customers “Don’t know what they want until you show them.”
But with all of these strange, segment-blending niche vehicles that BMW has already developed, there’s always room for more. Possibly in the form of convertible versions of SUVs that BMW already makes.
For some reason, convertible crossovers are a popular thing. I can see the appeal of taking the roof off of a Jeep Wrangler or something rugged, but convertible crossovers can be a bit ridiculous. Take the Nissan Murano CrossCabriolet, for example, easily a contender for worst car ever made. It’s not good at being a convertible, not good at being an SUV and making it a convertible ruined trunk space to a laughable size and made rear seat legroom even more laughable. The Range Rover Evoque Convertible, well that’s better but still pretty pointless. What about a BMW X4 or X2 convertible?
Well, it’s certainly possible. If BMW does end up developing a convertible crossover, it will most likely be of the BMW X2. The X2 is the smallest SAC (Sports Activity Coupe) and the only one that isn’t out yet. So BMW could build a convertible possibility into the X2’s chassis. To develop an X4 or X6 Convertible, the Bavarians would have to do some extensive modifying.
That doesn’t mean that BMW won’t make one though for those vehicles, though. Apparently, BMW is following the success of the Range Rover Evoque Convertible and if that does well BMW would see reason to compete.
And then, if BMW were to create such a thing, would we see an M version of it. Imagine that, a BMW X2 M Convertible? Old-school BMW M fans’ head might explode.
What do you think, should BMW develop a convertible crossover, and if so, which one should be made — X2, X4 or X6?